Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Ogier
and Julien Ingrassia (Citroen Total WRT), Jari-Matti Latvala
and Miikka Anttila (Ford Abu Dhabi WRT) and Sebastien Loeb
and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT).
Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Total WRT).
Sébastien, what an incredible final day it has been for you! Winning by the smallest ever margin, just 0.2 of a second. How are you feeling?
Yes it is amazing to win a rally like this. Last year I lost a rally by three seconds to Jari-Matti, so this year, for me, is a good feeling. I must say congratulations to him. He was really fast.
How were you feeling on the start line of the last stage?
I was not nervous at all. I knew it was possible. We had the same road position for the second loop and I was pushing like hell all the time. I said to myself be close to him for the Power Stage and try to beat him. I knew there was only 0.5 of a second between us and it would not be easy. It was a good decision and a good strategy.
You must have been taking some serious risks out there to set those times today, were there any big moments?
It is not the first time I win a rally like this. My first one in Portugal was like this. If you win like this it is better. It was so close. I had some moments, for sure. When you are pushing like this it happens. I went wide a bit, but it was okay, no big moment - maybe one on the first loop on the Power Stage this morning. I went wide in sixth gear. It is not a good feeling sliding in sixth gear!
You mentioned that you saw some rocks in the road?
Today was better for me with the rocks. I was first on the road. I put them there this time! But I did have a problem on the stage before last. There was something on the road. Someone put a rock and something blue on the stage. I braked a lot in a fast place and maybe lost one or two seconds there. But it was not a problem, I still win the rally.
Julien, you now become the crew to win by the smallest-ever margin – how does that feel?
You can imagine the emotion we have. It was a very strong fight between Jari-Matti and us. It was fantastic that it was decided on the Power Stage. My voice was certainly raised inside the car on the last one! It was a pleasure to fight against Jari-Matti.
You have now taken two victories in a row!
It was the best way to come back in the Championship. Now, for the next event, the position is reversed and Ford is behind us. We will adjust our driving for that part of the game.
Jari-Matti – you just missed out on the win on the final Power Stage. You mentioned you had made some mistakes in there; what happened?