Somebody wins somebody needs to lose. That is the story of a rally. In New Zealand last year it happened and I won, by three or four seconds. I am disappointed. It was so close in the last stage. Everybody was on the limit pushing as hard as they can. In a couple of places I went wide, but it was the same for everybody. I tried so hard but I made a mistake. You need a perfect performance. Hopefully that will happen somewhere else.
What are your feelings about the car?
I am pleased with the car and the team. I feel confident in the car. In the afternoon we had a slippery surface and it suits me. I think for the next couple of rallies we will see some great battles.
What are your thoughts on the new Michelin tyres?
Michelin have done great work with the tyre. The performance was really strong. We were a little excited about tyre wear in the hot conditions. In a couple of places the tyres were on the limit but nothing serious. They were performing well.
Miikka, what an exciting finish to the rally!
It was exciting to wait and see that we had lost the rally by 0.2s if that is how you want to say it… But it was good for the sport and the spectators and actually I think everybody has been waiting for this from the beginning of the year. Now, with the new tyres, I see many more battles like that this season.
Séb, third position at the end of the event, when did you realise that the fight for the win was over?
In the afternoon I will say. The morning stage went very well, and the second one, and then the third one there was no difference and I understood it would not be so easy. I tried again on the first stage this afternoon. It was okay and then I saw I cannot make any gap. Jari-Matti made a gap on me and I started to slow down a little and try to stay on the road and wait and see.
Did you make any mistakes out there?
Not really, but I was not confident on the twisty parts. I was a little slow in the corners and I stopped pushing and then I made one mistake in the Power Stage and lost one second in a corner and it was over again.
Are you looking forward to the next rally in Sardinia?
To be first on the road in Sardinia will be a pleasure! When you lead the Championship you have to clean the road. There is always a good side to be first on the stages. It means you are leading. This year it will be a tight battle. The four first drivers are very close. It is a good Championship.
What were your thoughts on the tyres?
We did not test too much before the rally. They were really good and really strong. It is a difficult rally with some big stones and Ogier was pushing very hard and pushing stones on the road. We had no punctures so the tyres did very well.
Why are we having such close battles this year?
It's down to both drivers and cars. We have the new rules with cars, but the classification at this race was the reverse of the start position on the first day…
What was the atmosphere like in the Citroën camp before the last stage? Were there any nerves?
The team was very nervous, but at the end we were confident but we did not understand at the right moment that we had won. Everybody was looking at everybody and we were standing up. This is the first time it has happened with so tiny a difference between two drivers. I am very proud for Citroën to win this.
What are your thoughts on the rally running for two days? Were you pleased it ran?