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Rally Finland - Post-event press conference

Rally Finland post-event press conference with Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Yves Matton.
Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT), Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (Citroen Total WRT) and Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (Ford WRT).


Team principal: Yves Matton (Citroen Total WRT).


Press conference



Q:
Sebastien, congratulations on win number 73 and your third victory at Rally Finland!

Sebastien Loeb:
I feel really happy for sure. To win Finland is always something special. It's a special rally and the roads are incredible. The jumps are big and the speed very high. For sure it's a great moment to win and to be here having two Finnish drivers on each side is great. Since the start of the rally, the feeling was perfect with the car. From shakedown, qualifying, the first stage: everything went very well and I felt very confident in the car. That's the base if you want to push hard. You are high speed between the trees and you have to be sure from what you are doing. Everything was perfect.

Q:
When did you decide you would go for the win?

Sebastien Loeb:
Qualifying was run in the evening and the first stage was also in the evening and I am not a fan of the morning! Immediately I had a good rhythm. Mikko was faster in the morning, we had seven seconds in the morning and we won by six at the end. But this little gap I could make, I was able to keep it until the end.

Q:
How pleased are you to win in Finland for a third time, it's some achievement?

Sebastien Loeb:
It's what I said: it's nice. The third time now, for me this victory, I really had the feeling that it was under control, not that we could win, but the feeling with the car was really perfect. The first year I won I had to take risks, there were some big moments sometimes. Last year, still I had to make some more time than I am able to. This year was a good feeling, it was perfect.

Q:
How much pressure did you feel today?

Sebastien Loeb:
For sure when I started the day I was sure of nothing. I knew the day was going well and the feeling was good and I had to try again. The rhythm was there and pushing, I felt well in the car. I was able to do the times with no mistakes or moments. It's what I said: it was the perfect weekend.

Q:
Will we see you here next year?

Sebastien Loeb:
Yes! Maybe in the rally car or maybe to watch the rally…

Q:
When will we know?

Sebastien Loeb:
I don't know. But not now.

Q:
We go to Germany next. Can anybody challenge you?

Sebastien Loeb:
Maybe. You never know. For sure I have had a lot of success in Germany. Last year I didn't win, but it's a rally where I feel well. The feeling was always good there. I hope to fight there, but you never know. Sometimes it has been a really intense battle and the weather can make it very difficult. I will try my best over there.

Q:
How happy are you to win here?

Daniel Elena:
When you start Finland, you have the Finnish driver in front… [plays Eye of the Tiger into mic].

Q:
Is that your motivational track?

Daniel Elena:
Just before Ouninpohja! No, it was a fantastic weekend and a fantastic race. When you push 110 per cent from the first kilometre to the last kilometre with so much pressure, it's just unbelievable. I love that.

Q:
Ouninpohja twice – how was that?

Daniel Elena:
It was good, but the problem was with the tyre. If you wanted to push hard it's too soft, but it's the same for everybody. Ouninpohja is the best in the world, it's indescribable: very funny. But, I prefer Monte Carlo…!

Q:
Mikko, you challenged your team-mate on home turf but you didn't quite make it, disappointed? You let him win!

Mikko Hirvonen:
I'm sure everybody will tell me that. I have no excuses. Sébastien was six seconds faster and that's it. I had no mistakes, there's nothing I can say.

Q:
You didn't get off to such a strong start on Thursday, why was that?

Mikko Hirvonen:



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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
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