WRC » 10 February 2013
Rally Sweden - Post-event press conference
Rally Sweden post-event press conference with Sebastien Ogier, Sebastien Loeb, Mads Ostberg and Jost Capito
Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT) and Mads Ostberg and Jonas Andersson (Qatar M-Sport WRT).
Team principal: Jost Capito (Volkswagen Motorsport).
Sebastien, congratulations on your first win for the Volkswagen Motorsport team and in dominant fashion here in Sweden. How are you feeling?
Really good. Let's say it's amazing. The feeling is better than I expected to be in the top position, after just two races with the car. The feeling was fantastic. I want to congratulate all of the team. Last year was difficult for them like it was me. We test and they spend a lot of hours in the workshop. I am very proud of them and me and Julien. We did the perfect race. I am very happy.
After a second place in Monte-Carlo just a few weeks ago did you imagine that a win could come so soon?
Not really. Monte was the best surprise of the beginning of the season. I had a good feeling on the test and to see on the Monte that we had a good rhythm and we were matching Seb [Loeb] was quite good. But here it was another start with more gravel settings for the snow. And the car is really good, even better than in Monte – I never had such a good car as here. I will never say it was easy, but I could do what I want with the car. Perfect rally.
You seemed to have a perfect drive all weekend; were there any moments at all?
Today it wasn't really a moment, but I pushed a snow bank, which is not good because you can stay stuck. This morning was not easy. This guy on the right [Loeb] was really pushing and going hard. We had to push to stay in contact, we could lose some seconds and we had a lot of fun in the car. I am happy to be at the finish and tonight I'm sure there will be a big celebration.
Did you feel the pressure?
Of course, you are always feeling a bit the pressure, but this usually is a boost for me. Every time I needed to push a bit more and make a time, I was able to do it. Sometimes it was even more difficult to back-off and then I lose more time, so I say I will continue to drive fast. In the end it was the perfect weekend.
Julien, we are used to hearing a song. Do you have a song for us?
I'm afraid to say there is not a song. But there might be some singing tonight!
Julien, a great and your first with a new team! After all the testing and development what does it mean to you and the team to secure a win so early in the season?
It has been three different days with different conditions each time. We did this step-by-step and we knew from the start – and Mr Capito will say – we were not allowed a big mistake. We wanted to bring back some big points. We were here to run and to develop the car and the team. Maybe we are learning how to win. It has been a great job, I cannot say anything better. The perfect job.
What was the atmosphere like when you drove the car to the service park?
It was unbelievable. All of the guys and the women work so much for that, it was unbelievable to be the second crew to win the Nordic event by Latin people. You think about this and this is a great step. We are proud and happy.
Seb, you came here wanting a win but it just was not possible this weekend, how are you feeling about second position?
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