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Rally Australia - Post-event press conference

Rally Australia post-event press conference with Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala, Petter Solberg and Malcolm Wilson.
Drivers / co-drivers: Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Abu Dhabi WRT), Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (Ford Abu Dhabi WRT) and Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson (PSWRT).

Team principal: Malcolm Wilson (Ford Abu Dhabi WRT).


Press conference.

Q:
Mikko, congratulations on the result here in Australia. It's the team's first one-two since Sardinia 2009. Good points for the team and for you in the Drivers' Championship!

Mikko Hirvonen:
Well that's the way it is. We did talk about this at the start of the year that we [Latvala] could be equal as long as we fought for Championship points. Unfortunately Jari-Matti has had a difficult season so that really helped me this week that he slowed down and let me take the lead. So big thanks to him.

Q:
You've come away from this event with the possibility now still on for the Drivers' title, and also the Manufacturers' Championship. How do you feel about that?

Mikko Hirvonen:
Yes they are both still there. But it was more important just to have a good result here especially since it's been a tough season; we won in Sweden and it's been very close after that and we didn't know if we could pull it off so it was very important especially after what happened on Friday that we could still control things, and now getting a one- two is very good for everybody. Hopefully it helps us all in the future.

Q:
Let's talk about Friday because it seemed like an incredibly tough day and of course you saw both your Championship rivals S├ębastien Loeb and S├ębastien Ogier go off the road. What did you think when all that was happening?

Mikko Hirvonen:
I had enough things on my mind to keep myself on the road. It just shows how difficult the conditions were and the stages as well were very fast, very muddy and slippery and you know it's just the way it is. Some places you didn't have any grip when you were braking so it was impossible to tell what kind of grip you have in each corner, so very tricky. Luckily we made it alive. No accidents and we could carry on for Saturday so very good.

Q:
Obviously the team had made a decision and were hoping you guys would come through in a one-two, when did you feel the pressure was off you in terms of competing out there this weekend?

Mikko Hirvonen:
It's been such a long time since I've won a rally that it was never really over until the last stage, so I was nervous the whole time that something would happen or that I had made a mistake or that I would make a mistake or something goes wrong, so I wanted to really just wait all the way to the end and then know for sure that it was all over and we could do it.

Q:
How are you feeling about heading to the Tarmac of France?

Mikko Hirvonen:


Related Pictures

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Petter Solberg, PSWRT, 2011 World Rally Championship
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen DS3 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) & Malcolm Wilson, Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Podium, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Podium, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Podium, 1st, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, 2nd, Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, 3rd, Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen DS3 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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