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Rally New Zealand - Pre-event press conference

Rally New Zealand pre-event press conference with Sebastien Loeb, Petter Solberg, Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

Drivers: Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total WRT), Petter Solberg (Ford WRT), Thierry Neuville (Qatar WRT) and Dani Sordo (Prodrive WRC Team).



Press conference


Q:
Sebastien, back in New Zealand and leading the Championship. It is a long way to travel from Europe, but every driver seems to love these stages; obviously well worth the trip to get here…

Sebastien Loeb:
For sure. The stages are incredible, they are wide, fast with some camber and a smooth surface. The only thing to do is to push hard. So for sure on the driving side it is a great event.

Q:
We see some new stages this year, your thoughts?

Sebastien Loeb:
It's similar to other years. There are some fast stages, and like I said, they are quite wide. One is really difficult, with a lot of camber, fast and long at 28 kilometres. So that will be quite demanding.

Q:
What condition are the stages in?

Sebastien Loeb:
It was raining during recce. Even when it was sunny it was raining here! The stages were really good because even if it's wet it's not muddy, the roads stay drivable. Like this morning in the shakedown it was really wet and still the conditions were okay. So it should be good.

Q:
At this point in the season with a 30 point lead over your team-mate is it necessary to go out there and push for the win?

Sebastien Loeb:
It is not imperative but for sure when you can fight for the win you will try to do it, so I will see. For sure it will be a complicated rally with the weather and a lot of different things like tyre choice, so we will see. I will try to do my best. I think it's quite important to have a good feeling with the car and then we will see.

Q:
Where do you believe will be the optimum place on the road tomorrow?

Sebastien Loeb:
I don't know. I will let the Ford guys choose and I will choose the best one after!

Q:
Where do you think the best position will be on the road tomorrow?

Petter Solberg:
I will let the Citroen guy in front of me choose first and I will choose after him! We will see, it depends on the weather and many other things but it shouldn't be so difficult.

Q:
We have not seen a Ford win since Sweden, how much does the team need to get back to winning ways in terms of both Championships?

Petter Solberg:
Well we are pushing and a little bit excited, we want to win, like in Greece but I went a half percent too much and that was it. But if you are 10 seconds behind you have to try. Okay many people say you should have stayed safe in second and others say I did the right thing. Yes I was pushing for a win, for sure, but we are going to try here and start much harder. I am very excited and there are difficult stages and the starting position can be quite interesting. I am looking forward to it.

Q:
What will be the approach from you here in New Zealand?

Petter Solberg:
The roads are so nice anyway so we will be taking it a little bit careful in some places but will be attacking in others.

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Related Pictures

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Dani Sordo (ESP), Mini John Cooper Works, MINI WRC TEAM
Thierry Neuville (BEL), Citroen DS3 WRC
Petter Solberg (NOR),  Ford Fiesta WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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