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Pre-event press conference - Australia

Sure, I don't have the advantage for the moment. I'm behind compared to the leader. Still four rallies to go and anything can happen in motor sport. I'll continue to do my best and we will see what happens.

Q:
How much are you prepared to risk to win the title this year? Will we see a flat-out approach from you at every event now?

Sebastien Ogier:
No more than usual. We're trying to do our best all the time. It's really close between everybody. When the fight is close like this it's difficult to do more than that. We have the same goal to score maximum points for the team and for ourselves and we'll try to do that this weekend.

Q:
Are you still committed to the Citroën Total World Rally Team for the future or are you considering a switch to another manufacturer?

Sebastien Ogier:
For the meantime, I'm happy to drive with Citroën. I have a very good car. With that car I've already won four rallies this season. I think it's a good opportunity for me to show what I can do. For the moment it's still like this and I'm happy with the situation.

Q:
What about next year?

Sebastien Ogier:
It's difficult but for the minute we're taking rally after rally. Things can change for sure for everybody, but for the moment I'm happy with this car and firstly, I want to finish well this season.

Q:
Malcolm, it's been eight events since a Ford was on the top step of the podium. It seems to have been tough year for the team. Where did the plan go wrong?

Malcolm Wilson:
I wish I could sit here and say. You can imagine how bad it feels for everyone in the team. It's even more frustrating because this year we have been more competitive than ever before, especially on Tarmac. It's very difficult when you're this competitive and are losing by the smallest margins in history. It's not the best position to be in at the moment but we're confident that we've got the pace and the guys can do the job and we have to really try to win all of the remaining events. In terms of what has gone wrong, if you look at the small margins, it's difficult to say something has gone wrong. When you lose a rally by thirty seconds or more, you can pin-point a problem, but when you lose by two seconds over three days, it's difficult to determine the problem. It's a sad thing but it goes to show how competitive this sport is, but it's a shame to be on the receiving end of bad luck.

Q:
How would you assess both Jari-Matti and Mikko's performances this year?

Malcolm Wilson:
The performance has been there but there have been the odd problems and we can't escape it, the odd technical things, or driver errors. We've now seen to win at this level everything has to be one hundred per cent.

Q:
We are still awaiting a decision on whether Ford will continue within the WRC. Can you give us any insight into when that decision will be made and whether it will be favourable?

Malcolm Wilson:
I've been in the job a long time. Ford is the longest established manufacturer in the WRC. There is no question that there is the desire to stay and continue in the WRC. We're in negotiations at the moment and let's hope we have a favourable announcement to make in the future.

Q:
If Ford were to continue next year would the driver line-up remain the same?

Malcolm Wilson:
My priority is to keep Ford in the WRC.

Q:
Are there talks with any other drivers within the current WRC ranks?

Malcolm Wilson:


Tagged as: Ford , Wilson , Novikov , Citroën , Australia , Ogier

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