Rallye Monte Carlo - Post-event press conference

Apart from last night you mean…! Yesterday was all very good, but when we realise we had overtaken Novikov it was good. In the stage we overtake him and realise we had passed him, I tell Dani: “Now calm down, the podium is for us.” Mikko was one minute behind and he has some problem, he drops 29 seconds and now I said to Dani: “Okay, if you need I can drive! We must finish!” I am very sorry for the spectators, but you must understand it would be crazy to go through the stages like there were – this was a good decision.

Dani, would Carlos make a good driver?

Dani Sordo:
I think by the second corner…

Carlos del Barrio:
I don't think so!

Yves, congratulations – this event has gone very well for Citroen.

Yves Matton:
It's been a great week for the Citroen team. The whole team did a great job and we make a car that can perform at the top.

Mikko [Hirvonen] had a tough event. Why was that?

Yves Matton:
For sure he had some difficulties, but, what I see on the podium is no Nordic guys. The first Nordic guy not on the podium is Mikko. I am confident for the Championship and for Sweden I am sure he will fight for victory. Mikko did his job. It was difficult for him in these conditions, but he managed them.

What is the aim for Dani this year?

Yves Matton:
The first point, he needs to win a rally this year and we make a deal 30 minutes ago and now he has to manage it. He showed this weekend he has the pace and he will fight and be in the leaders for the Championship.

Questions from the floor

Q: Alain Pernot (Sport Auto, France).
For the drivers, how hard was the tyre choice?

Sebastien Loeb:
For me, the tyre choice was not so difficult. The conditions were quite clear before we start. We knew sometimes it was difficult because we drive with two studs and slicks, but we do it because it's the fastest – but not fun. The choice was not difficult.

Sebastien Ogier:
I have the same answer. It was quite clear all the time. It was always the same…

Daniel Elena:
The same? You have so many people looking [at our tyres]!

Sebastien Ogier:
You can think what you want Daniel. I don't care and I know in service what was our choice. It was done 99 per cent [on our own], maybe we copy a little bit for the one. This was our choice all of the time – it looks like it was clear.

Dani Sordo:
In the snow we take the studs, it was clear and not so difficult.

Q: Andrea Monti (La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy).
Sébastien, will you do Monte-Carlo next year. If not, will you miss it?

Sebastien Loeb:
I don't know. It's a choice... I've decided to do something else. I don't do the choice to miss what I do now. For sure, I have been in the rally for 10 years and this will be a change. I will do something else. Maybe I come to watch next year – I don't know. I will tell you next year if I miss it next year.

Related Pictures

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Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos del Barrio (ESP), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sebastien Ogier (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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