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Monte Carlo - Pre-event press conference

It is the start of the season and every driver will be aiming for the title; is that your plan and what will it take to achieve that?

Mads Ostberg:
The main ambition for me… I'm not starting with the main goal of winning the Championship. I need to start and get some good results early on, but we will have a new champion. Mikko [Hirvonen] is the only guy in the same seat this year, everybody else been changing and we have Volkswagen coming with two good drivers. But nobody really knows. I feel ready to push hard on the events I have done before and be careful on the new events, but it's going to be a very open season.

Q:
Sébastien, we have all been waiting patiently to see the Polo R in competition, after all the testing and development it is now time to see what it can do. Are you and the car ready for Monte?

Sebastien Ogier:
Of course, we are very well. It's a long time ago that I participate in this conference. I am very happy to be back. It's the start of a very interesting season. It won't be easy – we see that this morning, it will be very tricky. But I expect this and I am happy it's difficult. The real stages are tomorrow and we have to stay on the road.

Q:
With a brand new car at the start of one of the toughest rallies on the Championship calendar, do you think a win is possible this weekend?

Sebastien Ogier:
Really we don't know. This morning we didn't learn anything, the condition was changing all the time. It's too early to talk about victory, we will do our best. Last year I pushed as hard as possible to see what is possible and we are interested to see the times. But I really need to finish this event. The team needs me to finish and it's going to be difficult with this condition.

Q:
Are you disappointed Sébastien Loeb is retiring and you won't have the chance to fight with him on each event?

Sebastien Ogier:
We have to respect his choice. He has won so many rallies. We have to understand. It would have been great to fight like two years ago, but it's not like this, it's a few events. We won't have to focus about him. We want to fight for the victories and the Championship. At the moment I don't know about my car, I just want to focus on my race and not anybody else.

Q:
Can you win the Championship?

Sebastien Ogier:
I always have that target and I hope for good results, but it's difficult to estimate. I need some time comparisons to see what I can do. At the moment I am speaking in the wind – once we do some stages then I can give you some more idea.

Q:
Michal, a step up for 2013 as we see you compete this season in a World Rally Car with the Lotos WRC Team in a MINI WRC. A big change - are you ready for it?

Michal Kosciuszko:
It's incredible for me. I didn't expect it would happen. Here I am sitting with a multiple world champion and driving within the same category. It's really impressive! I can't wait to start. This car is a different dimension for me, how you can use the speed and brake so much later.

Q:
How has the testing been going so far? How much have you done?

Michal Kosciuszko:


Tagged as: Kosciuszko , Ogier , Monte Carlo

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Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
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