29 May 2011
Rally Argentina - Post-event press conference
Immediately because when I re-started the stage I realised I no longer had power steering so I tried to fix it after the stage, I knew it was impossible to fix it but just try to finish the rally first and fortunately we finish, it cost us some points. I'm not happy with the result for sure but for the team it's still a good weekend.
You have had some disappointments but at least this time around you have got some good points on the board.
Yes but I'm disappointed today, I should have a victory and now I just finished third and I lost more points compared to Mikko and for the Championship it is not a good operation. But it's okay, still it will be a difficult day for me as usual after a mistake, but I'm sure when I arrive in Greece I will be more motivated to win the rally.
Julien, from the damage sustained did you think it might be all over?
It was quick, just one place before the end of the stage so we just drove until the end, when we saw it was not so much damage, except for the power steering we knew it will be difficult to stay in front, we knew we will miss a few seconds.
How difficult was it then going through the next three stages and just losing time, did you think that you would not be on the podium at all?
Yes, we knew that if we didn't make any more mistakes we will be on the podium but we had to think about the team in these conditions and the purpose was to bring the car into service. We expected to maybe be closer to Mikko and Jarmo but finally it was too hard to drive the car in these conditions, and Sebastien's arms were burning so we had to finish.
Is a mixed emotion in the team, it could have been a Citroen one-two…
Yes, but this was a great day for Citroen because we finished one and third and for the Championship, drivers and manufacturers, we are leading. It's good because tarmac rallies are coming so I'm very happy. I'm disappointed; as Julien said, they did a mistake, this is the game. I'm very happy for Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena and for Citroen; it's really a great result.
The tarmac rallies are all coming and the team is really in a strong position right now…
I hope so, but we never know; but it seems it should be okay.
Sebastien Ogier said he is going to feel a little bit down over the next couple of days, but hopefully the motivation will come back to win in Greece. Greece is a tough event; do you think the guys can have success there?
Yes, everything could happen, they are very strong as you can see, so I hope both of them could win and again for Citroen this is a good result. I'm very happy.
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