WRC » 19 June 2011
Acropolis Rally - Post-event press conference
Acropolis Rally post-event press conference with Sebastien Ogier, Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen and Olivier Quesnel.
Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Citroen Total WRT). Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT) and Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Abu Dhabi WRT).
Team principal: Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Total WRT).
Sebastien, congratulations on taking the fifth win of your career! It was during this afternoon where you managed to pull out a lead over team-mate Sebastien Loeb. It's been a tough fight though!
It's a victory and we had three extra points on the Power Stage. The start was not easy. On Friday I had difficulty to find the rhythm and I was sick as well – I did not drink enough. On the second loop, it was starting to be better and we pushed hard to come back to the lead. We have done some strategy, but it is part of the regulations, but this helped me.
A lot has been said about the strategy, how do you feel about that?
That's how it is. The regulation is like this, it is close between everybody and we have to use everything. It's not very good for the sport, but it's like that. It's normal; everybody in my situation would do the same. Next year, with the new regulations, will be better.
You maybe didn't take as much time as we expected with your road position this morning, but this afternoon was a different story. Were you taking more risks this afternoon?
The main difference was my driving. This morning I pushed, but not to the maximum, not like Seb [Loeb]. And maybe the cleaning was less. This afternoon, we had to really push hard to catch him. I think he was more disadvantaged with the position – the cleaning was worse this afternoon. We also pushed hard on the Power Stage for the extra points. It's nice to come back from the disappointment in Argentina, I can't forget it though; we could have been in a better position.
This result puts you just five points short of second position in the Championship, it's a real boost to your challenge for the title.
It's looking, not good, but not so bad. It's better than before we started. We are 22 behind Seb. Yes, we are closer to Mikko [Hirvonen], but Mikko is not the target. We will continue to put the pressure on them.
With the tactics being played on both evenings was it stressful dealing with the final spilt and target times?
It's never easy to react in the last moments. We got the times to do, not before the stage, everything can happen in the stage. Even if we get tactics, it gave us a good rally. Everything was still possible this morning, everything played on the two last stages. Petter Solberg was one minute ahead on day one and everybody says: “Okay it's done for him.” But then it wasn't. I think we had four rallies in one. I don't know what you think, but it was exciting inside the car. I hope for you.
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