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Pre-event press conference - Monte Carlo

Present: Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total World Rally Team), Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford World Rally Team), Dani Sordo (MINI WRC Team), Francois Delecour (M-Sport Ford World Rally Team)
Press conference:

Q:
Sébastien, we return to Rallye Monte Carlo after a three year absence. You were keen to get this classic event back on the WRC calendar, how do you feel now that it has returned?

Sebastien Loeb:
For sure, I am happy to see Monte-Carlo back. It's the most dramatic rally of the Championship. We lost it a few years ago, but it's normal for it to be back. I like this rally and have good memories and some good results. Still it's a very difficult rally. It's a nice one, but difficult.

Q:
The rally spans five days and will take in the legendary Col de Turini in darkness, what do you think of the route?

Sebastien Loeb:
It's the same as last time I did it, four years ago it was nearly the same. For sure there are some interesting roads. It depends on the conditions. If it snows then we'll see; it can be tough.

Q:
You have a new team-mate this year with Mikko Hirvonen joining Citroën. After so many years as rivals, how does it feel to now be team-mates?

Sebastien Loeb:
I think it's not because we are team-mates that we will not be rivals. I am happy to work with him and for sure he has a lot of experience and he can bring some interesting things in the team. But when we are in the car, it's like every driver – we fight. It's interesting for Citroën to have him in the team.

Q:
Last year there was equal footing in the team between you and Sébastien Ogier, what is the case this year?

Sebastien Loeb:
It [number one status] has to be designated when it's the right time. At the moment we start the season, so each driver will have the same car and the same team and each one does his best for the position.

Q:
Do you feel confident for this event?

Sebastien Loeb:
It's difficult to be confident when you start Monte-Carlo. It's not because I won that I'm favourite – it's as easy or difficult for me as for the other drivers. I will try to stay concentrated and do my best.

Q:
Jari-Matti, you have competed here four times previously and with your new-found confidence that we saw last season on asphalt what do you think can be achieved here in Monte?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
We have to try and challenge Citroën, but if our speed is not to match them, then the top three would be a good start to the season. If you push on the limit then making an error is much easier than in Sweden, you need to balance with yourself more on this rally.

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Tagged as: Ford , Sordo , Latvala , Monte Carlo , MINI , Delecour

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