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Rally Argentina - Post-event press conference

No, it is a bad idea because tarmac is too fast, too dangerous. And if you see everybody's tyres, and you take the limit with the car, then it is complicated because it is very slippery and it is not good on this tarmac.

Q:
Mikko, you picked up some consistent points but are you happy with the results and with your pace here?

Mikko Hirvonen:
I think in a way I should be happy with second place because my pace was really bad, especially in all the tarmac sections. I don't know exactly what I did wrong, maybe I was pushing too hard and going too much sideways but anyway I should be happy. I'm quite annoyed Sebastien beat me again by two seconds.

Q:
When you look across the event, were the tarmac sections where it all went wrong?

MH:
We lost a lot of time in those tarmac sections but there was a lot going on in this rally. Ogier rolled today, Jari-Matti (Latvala) had a problem, Petter (Solberg) had a problem so second is really good for me.

Q:
How important is it for you now to start winning events? Not only for your Championship hopes but for your own self-esteem.

MH:
We have to wait and see but we are still in the Championship fight, that's good, we are not far behind. It can't go on like this all the way through, otherwise Sebastien will win the title again, so I have to try and take victories and beat Sebastien in some rallies, that's the only way to take the title. We still have a chance, we are still there.

Q:
Jarmo, how would you sum up the weekend? Looking across the weekend how would you evaluate your performance?

Jarmo Lehtinen:
This is the biggest present for me since Christmas! Like Mikko said, our performance was not even close to what it should have been. We really lost much time on tarmac and then Seb was so quick on gravel yesterday that even with a one minute penalty, he passed us like wind. We really don't know what went wrong but this second position is a really good moment for us.

Q:
Was there a sense of frustration in the car this weekend?

JL:
It's always like that when you are doing your best and you just don't get the times, it's kind of a snowball effect. And you start to over-drive and push and the times seem to get worse. You need to have the relaxed flow when driving and then you get the results. And that was not the case this weekend.

Q:
Sebastien, you led the rally going into the final day but only a few kilometres before the finish you rolled, how did it happen?

Sebastien Ogier:
Like you said, great comfortable lead, it seemed to be easy to get the victory but finally we lost it; we have wrong notes near the end of the long stage, I have a cut on my notes and finally on this corner we rolled quite slowly and that broke my power steering so it was very hard for us to finish the rally and it was impossible to keep the lead.

Q:
In terms of your pace do you think you were pushing too hard going in that section? Were you feeling any pressure on that stage?

SO:
Not really. We had a good result on that stage, we lost a few seconds but it was just what the plan was. We had already passed the difficult section of the stage with a lot of fog, this place was very difficult for us but our pace was easy. I had something wrong in my notes and when I arrive on the corner I hesitated a bit and I didn't make the right decision, especially with the gap I had, it was a bit stupid.

Q:
How soon did you realise you had a power steering problem?

SO:



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Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Podium, Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Podium, Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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