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Rallye Deutschland - Pre-event press conference

Rallye Deutschland pre-event press conference with Sebastien Loeb, Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville

Drivers: Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total WRT), Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford WRT) and Thierry Neuville (Citroen Junior WRT)


Press conference


Q:
Sebastien, after years of being on the top step of the podium of this event we saw a different winner last year. Are you back to correct that this year?

Sebastien Loeb:
I don't know. Last year we had a puncture and the tyres are different this year, so that shouldn't happen anymore. I am prepared, there are many good stages. The rally probably is a little bit more complicated.

Q:
Do you like the changes made to the rally?

Sebastien Loeb:
No, I prefer to do the same stages as in the past, but it is the same for everybody. It just means that we have to do some more work in the recce, and I don't really like to work.

Q:
How do you rate this event in terms of difficulty in comparison to the other Tarmac events? Is it the most difficult?

Sebastien Loeb:
Yes, it is, because you have some very fast places in Saarland and some very fast parts and hairpins in the vineyards and Baumholder which is special in itself, so there are three different segments. Also the weather can change, which is making it more complicated.

Q:
What is your impression of the Panzerplatte?

Sebastien Loeb:
The stage at Panzerplatte is different from any other roads we do in rallying. For me, it would be better to have two stages of 20 kilometres than one stage of 40 kilometres, because that would enable us to push more. With such a long stage, you have to look after the tyres all the time, you have to take it easy, which isn't fun for us and not for the spectators either.

Q:
What happens here when it gets wet?

Sebastien Loeb:
In the wet, it is really tricky because especially in the vineyards, it is so narrow, it is easy to slide off the road. With soft rain tyres, it is okay, but with hard tyres, it is tricky.

Q:
The rally community is waiting to hear on your future in the sport - is there anything you can tell us about 2013 yet?

Sebastien Loeb:
It is the same question as all the time, and you get the same answer: nothing has been decided yet. We are speaking with Citroen about the future, not just for next year, but also for the longer term, but there is nothing we can speak about yet.

Q:
When will we know? By Wales, later?

Sebastien Loeb:
I don't know. Ask my boss. It will be this year.

Q:
Jari-Matti, after Rally Finland - despite being on the podium - you were disappointed with the lack of pace. What have the team discovered after analysing what happened there?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
We already lost the rally on Thursday as Sebastien had a very strong start and we were too slow. You are fighting for tenths of a second there, so that made it very difficult for us to catch up. The others didn't make any mistakes, they were just quick. But we were on the podium, we got some points, so now we are in Germany, a new rally, new things.

Q:
We have seen you get stronger on Tarmac over the years, how are you feeling about tackling the stages here in Germany?

Jari-Matti Latvala:



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