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Wales Rally GB - Pre-event press conference

Yves, Sebastian Loeb will be choosing what the team believes will be the best position on the road for tomorrow. What are you thinking? Can you reveal the plans?

Yves Matton:
For sure, we have a clear opinion on what we will do tonight but the day is long. We can change our opinion before tonight and like Petter said, we've got some abnormal conditions and we're not telling more.

Q:
Let's talk about the event for Citroen; it could be a very special event as you could clinch the Manufacturers title here in Wales. What does the team need to do to be able to take the Manufacturers' Championship?

Yves Matton:
We need to take a minimum of six points and then we can be Champions three rallies before the end. I hope it can be like that as that means that all the team are doing a really good job this year.

Q:
Does that put a little extra pressure on the team this weekend? Knowing that could be the outcome? Or is it just the same? You go into the event feeling the same?

Yves Matton:
I would say maybe less because we have three rallies to go and we are fighting for the title now. Then we can also try to do a one and two this weekend.

Q:
Talk to me about the season in general. We've seen Mikko Hirvonen come into the Citroen team this year. What has he bought to the team and what have you thought of his performance?

Yves Matton:
Since the first rally he's doing very well and doing step by step to be on the level he's is on now, especially on the gravel. On tarmac he has to learn a little bit more of the car. It's the same learning time that he needed at the beginning of the season on gravel as he was riding for a long time in another car and you need to learn the car as Petter said, to learn all the details of the car. I think now on gravel it's okay and he still has to work a little bit on tarmac.

Q:
Yves, we've talked about Mikko Hirvonen. I don't think we have to talk too much about Sebastien Loeb's performance; year on year it's the same, it's incredible, but what about Sebastien Loeb's future with Citroen? When will we hear news on that?

Yves Matton:
The thing is that he will be with Citroen in the future, but we are not telling details today. First of all we are not completely finished, it's not easy, it's a long time, it's not only 2013 but also what he will do with Citroen in the future. We are working on this. When we are ready we will tell.

Q:
Would you like to keep him within the rally team though? If he is staying with Citroen?

Yves Matton:
Yes I think in my position I can only be glad to have Sebastien Loeb in the team.

Q:
When will we know, when will you reveal the details of what is happening with him in his future?

Yves Matton:
Not this weekend, that's for sure. So you know. I hope before the end of the month.

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