19 June 2011
Acropolis Rally - Post-event press conference
It was very funny. The problem is with the dust. When it's Rally GB and 'RAC' it's okay – it's completely wet, no dust and you can push. But even after three-minute gaps you still have dust here. Okay, the concept is good, but not in Greece, when the dust can affect everybody.
Mikko, third position – brilliant times today which put you almost within touching distance of the win. Where were these times on Friday and Saturday?
I don't know. I really tried today and took a lot of risks. We made changes to the car to get more grip and traction, maybe that helped. In the end we were close, but this position was not what we wanted, but it's points.
You mentioned that you had made a few changes to the car. What were they?
We made the car softer. It's not as easy to drive, but okay we have to do some testing and see if this is the way to go.
Ogier is just five points behind you now, how important is it that you start winning rallies?
For sure we have to work hard. Everything is possible, but it's frustrating that three rallies we have been close but we haven't been able to win. That has to change.
How do you change that? Finland's next but then there are tarmac rallies coming up…
We have to do a lot of testing. Finland is just one of the other rallies, every rally is important, we can't lose any more.
You had a big moment on SS10 yesterday, tell me about that.
It wasn't that big, I think it looked worse than it was. We were off the road a little bit and heading towards a tree, but I had seen a small road to the left that we could have taken. I was trying to please you guys. I hope you enjoyed it!
How hard were you going today?
We went over every rock, but it didn't pay off in the end.
Jarmo, you are consistently scoring points, when do the wins have to come?
About two rallies ago! It's frustrating to lose rallies by two seconds, 10 seconds or whatever. Over three days, it's nothing. You push hard and the car and the driving is not bad, but every day you lose a little edge from the top. You get frustrated and angry and today he [Hirvonen] showed that being angry is good.
It's Finland next. Is that a lot more pressure?
In Finland, it's not pressure just the excitement of the moment. You don't have to concentrate any more, you just get the feeling from your home event. I am really waiting for that one.
Olivier, it's a Citroen 1-2 here in Greece. Loeb extends his lead and Ogier moves closer to second in the Championship. In the Manufacturers' Championship you now have a 55 point lead – with the events remaining do you think the Manufacturers' Championship is almost sealed?
No. I don't think so. It's not too bad. It should be okay, but we have to wait. This is the 22nd one-two of Citroen, the first in Greece and I'm very pleased for the brand. It was a difficult rally, but it was very good - we could only be pleased.
We may have seen a battle on the stages but is there also a battle internally within the team?
Yeah, but the drivers are equal number one so they know they can push. What we did for Sebastien Ogier, we would have done exactly the same for Sebastien Loeb. They know the car is the same. We want this to be transparent for everybody, the media and the fans.
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