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 R?mmen - then we could breathe a little bit.

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

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 Citro?n 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:
It could be better... For sure, I was trying to win and hoping to win the rally. We worked really hard before with the car and I thought we had the pace to do it, but we couldn't quite. I'm quite happy with myself. On Saturday I felt the confidence coming and, for the future, that's good.

Q:
The times between you have been incredibly close but Friday afternoon is where the gap widened, what happened?

Mikko Hirvonen:
I just managed to destroy my tyres. I could have been more steady myself, but we were just losing them. On that stage, it was really icy and I couldn't get any traction over there. We lost the time.

Q:
Were you trying to psyche your old team-mate out during the weekend? Was there a lot of fighting talk?

Mikko Hirvonen:
I tried everything I could. We were even talking about Jari-Matti's sex life and even that didn't work! The gloves were off!

Q:
Were you happy with your pace?

Mikko Hirvonen:
Okay... I thought on Friday I could have pushed harder. I was backing off a little bit. On Saturday things were better and maybe I needed a bit more mileage with the car. Maybe there was a mistake this morning, we did a small change to the car to try and save the tyres, but it didn't work - I'm happy we are going in the right direction.

Q:
Did you think you had an opportunity to catch Jari-Matti when he lost time on stage 22?

Mikko Hirvonen:
I decided before the stage I was going to go for it. I tried to scare him. I made a bet with him to see who could make the most fastest times in the last three stages. But I only heard about his puncture after the stage, so it didn't affect me.

Q:
Jarmo, congratulations on second position and your first WRC podium for Citro?n - are you satisfied with the result?

Jarmo Lehtinen:
Yes. The first podium with the new team, I am happy, but disappointed as well - we came here for the win.

Q:
Do you feel you are fitting in well with the Citro?n team now?

Jarmo Lehtinen:
Definitely. It was a lot, lot easier than Monte Carlo. The team was supporting us, it was nice to see the way they took the pressure from our shoulders. We are part of the family now. This was a normal day at work.

Q:
Mads, congratulations on third position overall! You were applying a serious amount of pressure to Petter [Solberg] throughout the morning - then Petter picked up a puncture. How are you feeling?

Mads Ostberg:
Yeah, for sure, I wanted to fight for a podium and we have done quite a lot of snow rallies this year in preparation for this. Of course we had some competition one week ago and our speed was okay. We had a puncture, but we thought we could fight with Mikko. I knew Jari would be quick here - no offence Mikko, but Jari-Matti is a bit crazy around here! But we couldn't keep up with those two, we lost time on Friday and I don't really know why. We tried to fight back, but we knew soon it would be a fight with Petter for third. This went well. We had some technical problems yesterday and then he had the puncture and we ended in third. Of course I believe we would have done it anyway, but that's how it is.

Q:
Had you made any changes last night at service as you were very much on the pace this morning! Or was it a good breakfast?!

Mads Ostberg:
The porridge in Ford is quite good. I eat a lot of that. I had some extra sugar this morning and that helped! We had a good day. No changes to the car.

Q:
It must have been frustrating to lose contact...

Mads Ostberg:
Definitely. We had come to fight for the podium. We knew it was not realistic to fight for the podium straight away, but we wanted to see where we could get further into the event. We managed to get some experience from what happened and it worked out better in the end.

Q:
You're on the podium again, though.

Mads Ostberg:
Of course. We had a podium in Wales, so this is two in a row. We want podiums on more events and we are going to some events for the second time. It's not so easy going against the guys all of the time, but on some events sure we want to challenge the big four.

Q:
Jonas, congratulations - third position this year! Is it a relief to be on the podium after such a great fight this weekend?

Jonas Andersson:
Of course, this feels really good. We had a good weekend. There were some small problems on Friday, but then we had a really good weekend. There were some nerves for Mads before the Power Stage, so I told him: "Okay, I'll drive!" He thought about it for a couple of seconds and then said,: "Okay, I'm not nervous now."

Q:
What did you think of the format of running in Norway as well as Sweden?

Jonas Andersson:
I'm not allowed to comment on this. We talked about this in the car and I'm not allowed comment any more.

Mads Ostberg:
This is because I said that I actually like the stages in Sweden more!

Jonas Andersson:
And I've been on to him because we lost time in Norway!

Q:
Jonas, will we see you on the podium again soon?

Jonas Andersson:
Yes, I think so for sure. Mexico!

Mads Ostberg:
I don't feel any pressure!

Q:
Malcolm, Jari-Matti's win represents the 50th for Ford with their partners M-Sport - that's a great result!

Malcolm Wilson:
It is. I'm glad Jari forgot about it and tried to concentrate on winning the rally, but this is a great achievement. But also, it's fantastic that we've had such a strong relationship - starting in 1997. We had two victories that year, but sadly no drivers' crown, although we have had two manufactures' titles.

Q:
How were the nerves this afternoon?

Malcolm Wilson:
Yes, I have to say, there were some. The previous Ford Press Officer Georgina [Finney] texted me, she knew how I'd be feeling! We saw Petter had dropped time to Mads and we didn't know what the problem was. Then, at the split, we saw that Jari dropped time as well. I spoke to Jari after the stage and he was still confident. This really helped to ease my nerves.

Q:
Petter just missed out on third here, what did you think of his drive?

Malcolm Wilson:
He's done another solid job. Petter always said this was going to be his hardest rally of the year and I couldn't really understand that. Before the event he had a test, but it was in minus 25 and quite different conditions. He clipped something today, but he's come away with a really solid result. He always goes really well in Mexico, so let's see what happens there.