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Rally Sweden - Post-event press conference

Rally Sweden post-event press conference with Jari-Matti Latvala, Mikko Hirvonen, Mads Ostberg and Malcolm Wilson.
Drivers / co-drivers: Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (Ford WRT), Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (Citroen Total WRT) and Mads Ostberg and Jonas Andersson (Adapta WRT).

Team principal: Malcolm Wilson (Ford WRT).


Press conference.



Q:
Jari-Matti, congratulations on win number six for you, and your second in Sweden! A little bit of drama towards the end though!

Jari-Matti Latvala:
I think I need to get to hospital to check my heart tomorrow! It's getting better. It's incredible how exciting it can get. We had a good lead yesterday, but then it changed like a thunderstorm and we only had an eight-second lead. I knew he [Hirvonen] would push and we have to really go hard, but we managed to take another four seconds in Rämmen – then we could breathe a little bit.

Q:
Was it absolute maximum attack through Stage 23, Rämmen?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
Yes. I got zero points in Monte Carlo and I knew [Sebastien] Loeb was not having a great weekend. Points-wise, this was very important and a lot of pressure. The team has done so much good work, there's no chance to disappoint them. I needed to survive this.

Q:
Does this result make up for the disappointment of the last event?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
Of course, it would be different if I had points from Monte Carlo. We have to forget it. This victory takes the pressure away from the disappointment of Monte.

Q:
This is the 50th win for the M-Sport and Ford partnership. How aware of that were you?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
You mentioned that at the end of day press conference yesterday and I said I would not think about it. I managed to put this out of my head and I'm glad about that!

Q:
What is the aim for Jari-Matti this season?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
I guess our target is to really challenge Citroën on the Manufacturers' and Drivers' Championships. I will be 27 years old and driving more than 100 rallies now; I need to be in the position to fight for the Drivers' title. But it's a long year and many things can happen, but if I can beat these guys then it's okay.

Q:
Miikka, what was the atmosphere like in the car when the puncture happened?

Miikka Anttila:
It was a very hectic moment. But he [Latvala] didn't panic, he just drove as fast as he could. He took no risks or made any silly mistakes. I am very pleased he did just what was necessary.

Q:
The event went well, though?

Miikka Anttila:
On Friday we had some problems with Mikko and Jarmo, but on Saturday we were able to open the gap a little bit more.

Q:
The battle was between you and your former team-mate - how did that feel now that you are on rival teams?

Miikka Anttila:
Last year between the stages it was boring to discuss the set-up all of the time – it's much more fun now!

Q:
Mikko, what a great battle it has been between you and Jari-Matti this weekend! You had a second chance at stealing victory - how are feeling about second place?

Mikko Hirvonen:

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