Rally de Espana - Post-event press conference

Rally de Espana post-event press conference with Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Olivier Quesnel.
Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT), Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Abu Dhabi WRT) and Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (Ford Abu Dhabi WRT).

Team principal: Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Total WRT).

Press conference.

Sebastien, congratulations on win number 76 of your career! We haven't seen you on the top step of the podium since Finland - with your high standards, it's been a while! How are you feeling about the win and the fact that Citroen has secured the Manufacturers' Championship here (subject to official confirmation of the results by the FIA)?

Sebastien Loeb:
For sure it's good to be back. We had a difficult time since Finland; a puncture in Germany, a mistake from myself in Australia and a problem with the engine in France on my home rally. For sure I was a bit disappointed. We had quite a good lead in the Championship but we lost everything in three rallies. Now we started from zero again and with this victory it couldn't start better than that.

How has the weekend gone for you, how have you enjoyed Spain?

I enjoyed for sure. It was a good fight with Jari-Matti nearly all the time. On Thursday I was not so confident when we saw the road on the recce because there was a lot of gravel and it was going to be really difficult to open the road. Finally I had a little bit of help form the weather conditions and maybe it made it easier for me. From that point, driving on Tarmac I was more confident with a 30 second lead. I knew that on Tarmac normally I am not so bad so I could take it a bit more easily.

Not too bad on Tarmac is probably the biggest understatement ever! You mentioned your battle with Jari-Matti Latvala. Were you surprised by his constant pace this weekend?

Yes he was really fast on the Tarmac stages. He was really pushing hard especially yesterday and we had to drive on a very high level rhythm to match his time so it was really a good fight. It made it good for me because I had to stay in the right rhythm. It was interesting and I think he is a good driver for the future.

You've become the most successful driver in terms of stage wins this weekend. What do you think can be done in GB because you don't have to win there…

Exactly, that's the situation. If he's [Hirvonen] winning I have to be second with some good points from the Power Stage. For sure I will try to fight with him and not to be behind. It's a very open situation and it's not easy. We will have to fight hard in GB. We know it can be very difficult so we will see what happens. It will be interesting.

Congratulations on the win Daniel. It's very important for the team that the Manufacturers' Championship is sealed for Citroen. That must feel good for the whole team?

Daniel Elena:

Related Pictures

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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), 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) Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team

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