9 November 2011
Wales Rally GB - Pre-event press conference
Wales Rally GB pre-event press conference with Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen, Kris Meeke and Petter Solberg.
Drivers: Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total WRT), Mikko Hirvonen, Ford Abu Dhabi WRT), Kris Meeke (MINI WRC Team) and Petter Solberg (PSWRT).
Sebastien you lead the Championship coming into the final round here in Wales, you don't have to win the rally to win the title – what is the plan for you this weekend?
I feel okay. I know it's a very important rally this weekend. We will play the Championship here and there will be a bit more pressure than usual. We will have a fight and I will try to do my best to win this Championship.
This could be title number eight this weekend. Does it still mean a huge amount to you if you were to go on and achieve that?
Yes, for sure, we are fighting hard and my motivation is still the same. It would mean a lot more this time because I would be the only one to win eight titles in motorsport but it is not my main motivation. I am fighting for the title, yes, but more importantly I enjoy what I do. I like driving, the fight, the rally and so that's my main motivation. As long as I am driving I try to do my best for the best result possible. For sure it would mean a lot to be champion again but at the moment there are four days of the rally ahead and anything can happen.
You don't have to win the rally to win the Championship so what will your approach be?
The main thing for me is not to lose nine points to Mikko. My goal will be to try to be as fast as him, even faster is better as I know if he is winning and even if I finish second then everything will be played in the Power Stage. I know I will have to push. I have to find my rhythm, to see if I can feel confident. I usually have a good feeling here, good results.
Wales has been very good to you in the past. You mentioned you are under some pressure, does the seven times FIA World Rally Champion ever get nervous?
So you are feeling mentally, physically good before the event. You tested before you came here, how did that go?
It was good, it was good to test just before the recce and get the feeling a bit again in this surface. It has been okay, no problem. The test was good, the recce too. We are prepared and now most important, we start.
What do you think of the new stages here in Wales?
Except the first one which is completely different, on Tarmac, the other stages look like Wales stages. Maybe a bit faster than most parts of the stages we know, but they are good stages, no problem at all. We've done the recce, some quite good conditions. I don't know with the rain, maybe the grip level will be different from what we saw. It is not easy from the recce to see where there will be more or less grip so maybe it will be the surprise in the rally.
Mikko, Seb said he feels no nerves going into this one, what about you?
Tagged as: Ford , Mikko Hirvonen , Kris Meeke , Meeke , press conference , Petter Solberg , Sébastien Loeb , Citroën , Wales , Wales Rally GB , MINI
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