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.

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Q:
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.

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

SL:
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.

Q:
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?

SL:
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.

Q:
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...

SL:
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.

Q:
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:
Sure I am very happy for the team because after three races with a lot of problems and today the problem with the engine of [Sebastien] Ogier too. This is a mechanical sport and it's not easy. Now the title for the constructor is okay and now we fight again the same as in 2009 with Mikko and Jarmo.

Q:
How much are you looking forward to that battle in Wales?

DE:
It's not a problem; it's good fun!

Q:
Mikko, you take second position overall here, it would be third if it was not for Jari-Matti Latvala taking a penalty for you. What are your thoughts on the weekend?

Mikko Hirvonen:
For sure it was tough and here I was really struggling with the pace on Tarmac. Yesterday evening and this morning I realised what I was losing for that. I found a solution for that and that gave me more confidence of how to drive on Tarmac. That was good. Of course Jari-Matti has again done a big favour for me, which is really nice, and gives me a chance to fight again in GB.

Q:
You seemed to find pace in the car today, why was that? Did you make changes?

MH:
We didn't change the car at all through the whole weekend. I was driving the car like I did the Focus, very nice and smooth. I realised with the Fiesta and the set-up we found on Tarmac you can't do that. I had to be a lot more aggressive, which is not usually the way I drive on Tarmac. I finally got my head around it and managed to do some good times so it was going a little bit in the right direction.

Q:
Rally GB will be a big fight. We have seen you go head to head with Loeb back in 2009. Can you change the outcome this time around?

MH:
We'll see. It's going to be a tough one. Everything needs to be perfect there. The only thing I can do is win the rally and the Power Stage as well. That's the only way I can try to fight for the title. In previous years I have always had really good pace over there so I believe that will be the same this year as well. We will have a good fight. I just need to make sure the bonnet pins stay closed and we don't have any problems like that this year.

Q:
There's a lot of pressure on your shoulders...

MH:
We have nothing to lose so we just need to go for it.

Q:
Was there a sense of frustration in the car this weekend watching your team-mate setting some amazing times but you guys just weren't there?

Jarmo Lehtinen:
That's true, especially yesterday morning. It was frustrating because the feeling in the car is like it used to be when he was at his best in the Focus. The driving felt good and he had the confidence with the car. I was really shocked when I got the first split on stage seven yesterday morning; I thought 'what is going on'. I felt it was good as well and it took some time to get our heads around that. Luckily we managed to find a solution.

Q:
What can you guys do now to be ready to fight to the absolute limit with Sebastien in GB?

JL:
I've been happy with our gravel pace all year and we don't need to do anything different. We just need to go quicker again. It's going to be a tricky rally, normally it's muddy and slippery and the grip level is changing almost every corner. There are new stages for nearly all of us so it's going to be a good fight for the title and a good show for the fans.

Q:
Jari-Matti you have described this weekend as one of the best performances of your career on Tarmac, do you still feel this is the case?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
Yes definitely. It's a completely different feeling. I remember on Saturday on the long stage, El Priorat, I lost four seconds to Sebastien Loeb. I think if I go back to 2010 I was 20 seconds down after the first time and if I go back to 2009 I was maybe 30 seconds down, so it's a big step forward for me. I have never driven so well in Catalunya as I have done this time. The main thing for me is our car has done a big step forward. The second thing is the things I have been practicing on Tarmac, they finally start to pay me back, all the hard work done is showing in the results. I am still making stupid mistakes all the time and when I see Sebastien's splits he's consistent. When I push too hard I lose every time so that's the area where I still need to work on.

Q:
Well with those statistics next year everybody better watch out, yeah?

J-ML:
It would be good next year if I could be 10 seconds ahead...

Q:
Going into the final stage on Friday you were 16 seconds in the lead, tell me how tough conditions were in that stage?

J-ML:
It was a nice gravel stage, I really like driving on gravel and for me the rally has very nice stages. Okay Sebastien was losing time with the road position but on the other hand I think he benefitted from being first car on the road. Okay we were gaining in the afternoon and I started to attack. It went really well and it was a good feeling and it looked good. But then in stage six when we went in the darkness - I like driving in the darkness - it's nice but the thing was after every car the dust was standing and when you are driving with the lights you have like a wall in front of you and basically you don't see everything. I got a little bit the old Jari-Matti back and I didn't give up. I didn't want to lose so I attacked. I know it was dangerous but I had to try and finally I did a mistake. I got mixed up with the corners and didn't know where I was going so we spun between the trees. We waited for the dust to settle down, finally we managed to keep going but then I hit a rock and I got a puncture as well. There were a lot of happenings on that stage. It was my mistake but I think the conditions were a bit too difficult there.

Q:
You said at the end-of-day press conference on Friday 'I hate myself'. Hopefully you don't feel like that still?

J-ML:
No I don't feel like I did at that moment. Of course when you lead the rally and when you lose the lead because of your mistake it feels incredibly bad. Like Sebastien said, he's not a bad Tarmac driver and with a 30 second lead I knew it was impossible to catch 30 seconds to the best driver in the rallying history and the best driver on Tarmac on rallying history. To catch 30 seconds I need to be flying on the stage with the best time ever. But still I couldn't catch him.

Q:
Miikka let's turn to you. Before we talk about the rally you must have been slightly distracted before it got underway because your wife was giving birth to a baby girl back in Finland. Were you slightly not with us before the rally got underway?

Miikka Anttila:
Not really because things at home did not distract me. Finally when she was born very early on Saturday morning it felt like a relief because the few last weeks have been on standby. The due date was on Sunday before we left for the rally on Monday. We thought the baby would be born before I came here and of course it put big pressure on all the time. But I have to say my emotions went from one end to the other end on Friday night because I was so disappointed with the hanging dust and the lights. It was very dangerous and very unfair. We had a very good battle with Sebastien and Daniel before this stage and basically we lost everything over there. But a few hours later I got the news from my family that my baby was born so I was really, really happy about that.

Q:
How much have you noticed the improvement in Jari-Matti's driving on Tarmac?

MA:
For sure it's from a different planet, let's say. But of course the driving is good but the car is good. It's much, much better than the Focus was on Tarmac and also the Michelin tyres are good on Tarmac as well. The performance of the tyre is more than it should be on Tarmac. Okay Pirelli was a good strong tyre but it was not a racing tyre like the Michelin is now.

Q:
Congratulations to Citroen for winning a seventh manufacturers' title. It's a great result, how is the team feeling?

Olivier Quesnel:
The team is very proud because this is the seventh title Citroen has won and for once we are on the same level with Sebastien with seven titles. But I hope in three weeks he will get another title so we are back to eight-seven.

Q:
What happened to Sebastien Ogier on the penultimate stage today?

OQ:
He got an engine problem but actually we can't tell what it was until we get the car back to the factory. I think pretty sure it had nothing to do with what happened to Sebastien in France. We have to see what it is, but we think there is nothing together between both engines.

Q:
We've got a real battle on our hands going to Rally GB. How do you think it's going to play out in Wales?

OQ:
We remember what happened in 2009. It's a little bit the same but it seems a little bit better because Seb is leading by eight points. This time Mikko will have to drive fast so we will see what will happen. We can be sure he will be fast but we are confident because the DS3 is really good and Seb is still Seb, and Ogier can be there to help us, so I will say I am confident.

Q:
Finally Mikko let's turn to you. I think the whole service park was saddened by the death of Marco Simoncelli. You spent some time with him in a rally car just a couple of weeks ago. What was your experience like with him?

MH:
He was a really nice guy and I spent two days with him in a rally car and it was great to see how he enjoyed the new experience he had. It's really unfortunate what happened and for sure it makes many people very sad. Unfortunately in motorsport these things can happen. As a driver we have to accept that. At the same time, in all motorsport, people are developing the safety side and a lot of work has gone on in this, but these things can still happen so it's really unfortunate.