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Rally Finland – Pre-event press conference

Drivers: Mikko Hirvonen (Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team), Dani Sordo (MINI WRC Team), Sebastien Ogier (Citroen Total World Rally Team), Kimi Raikkonen (ICE 1 Racing)
Press conference:

Q:
Mikko, you are second in the Championship going into your home event. With Sébastien 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.

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 Sébastien 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 Jyväskylä.

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:



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