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Rally de Espana - Pre-event press conference

We are definitely trying to get the good position for next year and I want to be in a top-level car with a good team and I think it's possible. Nothing is clear yet, this rally is important to show what we can do. We don't know what is happening. We will do our best on this rally and then we hope to do something good next year.

Q:
So, you're focused on the here and now?

Mads Ostberg:
For sure. There's been a lot of talking lately – we need to leave that now and focus on the rally. Next year is some months away, we have plenty of time.

Q:
Sebastien, your final event of a full WRC season and where you have sealed your ninth Championship title. Any regrets?

Sebastien Loeb:
No I didn't change my mind. I am still on the same plan and yes I realise this is the last full season. For sure there will be some rallies next year – so this is not completely the last rally. But this is what I wanted. The decision was not easy, but I am happy at the moment with this decision and I look forward for the future to do some different things. I didn't change my mind.

Q:
So, how many events will we see you on next year? In France you said 'a few', but we now hear that figure may have risen to seven?

Sebastien Loeb:
Maybe it's going to be 12!

Q:
What?

Sebastien Loeb:
I nearly made a decision: it's between three and five – I didn't hear seven, but everything is possible!

Q:
Now you're focusing on this year's rally…

Sebastien Loeb:
This is a rally I won a lot of times but since last year it's more complicated with the gravel day. Before it was full Tarmac and then we have the gravel which makes it not so easy, but we could win. I will try, there is no pressure, we are here for fun – we will push for sure.

Q:
Are you giving any input on who you think the second driver should be? If it were your choice who would it be?

Sebastien Loeb:
I think you will not have any answer from me… I cannot say anything. There is nothing to say.

Q:
If you were picking the driver?

Sebastien Loeb:
I don't pick the drivers!

Q:
Dani, final event of the year for you. Last year you were fourth in the MINI, do you feel you are able to challenge for a win this year?

Dani Sordo:
After my start in France and Germany it could be difficult to fight for the victory, but we are here for the fight. We will see tomorrow. We will go at the maximum and be as high as we can.

Q:
Are you confident?

Dani Sordo:
I feel well. Qualifying went well and I was happy with my driving at shakedown.

Q:
How would you assess a season which has seen you drive for two teams!

Dani Sordo:
This is my second season [with Prodrive WRC Team]. Normally the first season with MINI was like this, but then normally this year we should have two cars and two drivers, but after the people couldn't find the sponsors, it was difficult for everybody. But after this we do as much as we can with the development on the car. It's difficult to compete with the people who are doing this every day, but this is the car and team we have at the moment, so we have to fight with the others.

Q:
Your name has been linked with Prodrive, Citroën and M-Sport for next season - is there anything you can tell us about next season?

Dani Sordo:
It's difficult, but I try to fix the future as soon as possible. But for now I want to focus on the rally.

Q:
Do you want a full season next year?

Dani Sordo:
I want the testing, the car and I want to fight for the victory.




Related Pictures

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Malcolm Wilson Team Principal Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP), Mini John Cooper Works, MINI WRC TEAM
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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