27 April 2012
Argentina - Pre-event press conference
Present: Mads Ostberg (Adapta World Rally Team), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total World Rally Team), Malcolm Wilson (Ford World Rally Team), Paulo Nobre (WRC Team MINI Portugal)
Mads, we're going to start with you because we look back to Portugal and with everything that happened at the end of the event you finished second, and then we had Mikko Hirvonen excluded and you took your first WRC win, so congratulations for that. But how did you feel; I'm sure you wanted your first win to be something special.
Well, that's definitely true. I wanted to fight for my first victory. Well, we didn't, we settled for a second in Portugal and we're really happy with the good rally. And then after the rally everything was changed, and okay, it's not the way I wanted it to be. Okay, there's nothing we can do about it, and we just have to be happy about the extra points in the Championship and take it as it is. But I still want to fight for a victory next time. Hopefully I can do that as soon as possible.
Well, not here, I think. I don't have enough experience on this event. Lots of things can happen in this event, it's very long and it seems it's going be very tricky. So I think it's important to go a little bit steady and come to the end; for sure, lots of things will happen and everything is possible. We're not starting the rally fighting for the first position.
That must have been be a good boost to your confidence; that you performed so well in Portugal. A lot of people fell by the way, but you took away a great resut. Did it boost your confidence?
Well, yeah, the second position did. Moving up to first didn't give me any extra boost. It was still the same and I was happy with what we did to come second and it was definitely a good rally for us, without any troubles. We just did what we had to do to finish, so that was good and we saw that we can cope with difficult conditions for a long period. I think we will find a bit the same here.
Well, that's going stand you in good stead here, because it does look like it's going to be a difficult weekend in terms of the conditions. What's it been like out on the recce?
It's been a bit up and down, some of the stages have been quite good, in other stages we had rain and fog and quite rough conditions, so I think a lot will depend on the weather. Many of the stages are soft anyway, and as far as I rememer they're a bit rougher than last year. It will be tricky conditions, even if we don't have rain. I think it'll be very tough anyway.
Mads, what do you think is going to be the biggest challenge out there this weekend?
I think, to be honest, the stages are very likely to be foggy and rainy. Some of the stages, specially El Condor and the other stage, I don't remember the name, up to that stage, is very narrow with a lot of stones and I think it's very likely to have fog, and I think that will be a very big challenge, like we saw in Portugal on Friday when we had the fog. And rain; things happen very quickly. I think you need to be a bit clever on those stages where you have fog and you have rain, because it's all about being consistent and getting through the stages. Of course, it's different drivers at different speeds and maybe what's consistent and safe for me is slower than many others. I think I will stay on my safe speed, at least on the tricky stages. If it clears up and gets a bit easier, then for sure we need to push straight away.
Sébastien even with the changes to the regulations, you still selected first on the road when given the option. Do you think it's going be the place to be?
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