Press conference:

Q:
Mikko, you are second in the Championship going into your home event. With S?bastien Loeb ahead of you by 17 points is it essential that you take a win away from here?

Mikko Hirvonen:
I'm sure the home crowd and media is expecting me to be really fast. Championship wise I need the win to fight for the title, but it's not a big deal - this pressure is always around. I need to get out there and go as fast as I can.

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Q:
You tested last week using part of the legendary Ouninpohja stage - how did the test go and are you feeling positive ahead of the start?

Mikko Hirvonen:
I had a really fantastic day - I enjoyed every metre. The car felt perfect, let's hope everything goes well.

Q:
Last year you retired after what was the biggest accident of your career. Do you feel any degree of caution going into the stages after that?

Mikko Hirvonen:
No. There's not. I'm sure all of us have had big accidents and we're going to get more. You've got to put it behind you. I said to Jarmo [Lehtinen, co-driver] that the car feels so good we're not going to slow down over that jump!

Q:
With three tarmac events coming up do you feel more pressure to perform, especially as S?bastien Ogier is so close to you? Is the Championship still alive for you?

Mikko Hirvonen:
The Championship is definitely still alive, but we have to improve and we have to be strong on tarmac. We need a lot of testing and a lot of work.

Q:
The Finns say that you need a lot of 'Sisu' to compete here - what does that mean?

Mikko Hirvonen:
It means big balls! It's like saying no matter how many times you fall down you will keep getting up.

Q:
What do you think of the stages in the south? Is it a good idea to include them?

Mikko Hirvonen:
Why not? It's nice to see new areas and new stages. The stages are a bit more straightforward. The first leg on Friday is really tricky, but overall they are faster and easier. They're not as technical as the roads around Jyv?skyl?.

Q:
What will be the approach for this rally? Will you be pushing for a good result or taking a measured approach?

Dani Sordo:
We need to push and we need to try to do the best with this car. We need to fight with the team-mates and the other Minis and we need to be in the top five. It's very difficult here with the new stages, but it's the same for everybody.

Q:
Does the car feel better than it did on its debut in Sardinia?

Dani Sordo:
I feel much more ready than the first rally, where everything was new. We know the team, the mentality is good, everything is very nice.

Q:
Is there anything new on the car since Sardinia?

Dani Sordo:
There are no new parts. Everything is working, the engine, gearbox, everything is better than Sardinia.

Q:
You were at Citro?n for a long time. How does it feel to be in a new team?

Dani Sordo:
It's nice, I'm still at work. Both teams are really professional but at Mini, there are so many young mechanics and engineers - the atmosphere is really nice; it's a good, strong motivated atmosphere.

Q:
How many more rallies will you do this year?

Dani Sordo:
We do the three tarmac rallies and GB, I think that's everything. This year, we do six rallies with Sardinia and this one.

Q:
You must be looking forward to getting the car on tarmac in Germany?

Dani Sordo:
It will be nice to come back on tarmac with the new car. The sensation was very nice in testing, the car and chassis are very nice. We will see in Germany, but don't forget in Germany, there are three different days.

Q:
Sebastien, three wins under your belt so far this season and you are now just five points adrift of Mikko Hirvonen in the Drivers' Championship. You have yet to take a win here though; will that be your objective this year?

Sebastien Ogier:
It was a good surprise to be only 10s behind Jari-Matti [Latvala] last year, but now the goal is to try and improve it. It will be difficult, it's always difficult against the Finnish drivers here, but the goal is to fight for the victory.

Q:
You tested before this event and there was an accident, what happened?

Sebastien Ogier:
The test was okay. We had many good feelings with the car. I did a mistake at the end, but it was not so important. The test was nearly finished. We are ready.

Q:
What do you think of the Lahti stages?

Sebastien Ogier:
All of the stages are fast and beautiful, but maybe not the first one. The first one has a very fast section and then it's very narrow at the end, like two stages in one, maybe the most difficult of the rally.

Q:
At this point in the season how do you rate your chances of securing the Drivers title?

Sebastien Ogier:
It's still possible for Mikko and me and Seb [Loeb] of course. I want to try, we know there are three tarmac events left and it won't be easy - like here against Finnish drivers, but as long as you're in the race it's possible.

Q:
Kimi this will be your third attempt at Rally Finland, the second time in a WRC car - what is the aim this year?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I think it's the same than all the other rallies; we try to drive as fast as we can and hopefully improve. I know some stages a bit now, but last year was like the first time again and tomorrow is new stages, which will be difficult again. It's good, it's nice and fast, we'll see how the pace notes go.

Q:
What do you think of the stages in the south?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Of course they are a little bit different, but there are fast places and some smaller roads - they are nice stages.

Q:
Do you feel you have clicked in WRC yet?

Kimi Raikkonen:
We have improved a lot, it feels more normal sometimes. When you get above a certain level it becomes normal. The pace notes, this is the area where we can pick up a lot of time.

Q:
Are you still enjoying it?
Kimi Raikkonen:
I wouldn't be here if I didn't.

Q:
Will you stick with just rally this year or will there be more racing?

Kimi Raikkonen:
The plan is to do the rest of the rallies, the other things, there's nothing planned.

Q:
Do you know anything about next year yet?

Kimi Raikkonen:
No. Not yet. There are some options, but I have to decide.

Q:
When do you make that decision?

Kimi Raikkonen:
No idea.