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Rally Sweden - Post-event press conference

I feel okay. For sure, everybody knows I prefer to win and when I can win, I do. It didn't start so well in qualifying, we had a bad time. Maybe I was sleeping a bit, I don't know the reason. Maybe I am too old! Finally, okay, we lost a lot of time. After this qualifying, I started to change the set-up. I thought maybe this was the problem, then I went wrong and we struggled in the first day and I lost 30 seconds. When you do this in Sweden and the other guy is [driving] as fast then you cannot catch back the time. It was exciting. I was pushing very hard trying to keep the pressure. I knew I could not take the 30 seconds, but to keep the pressure. But he [Ogier] has done a great race. He didn't lose too much time: a little here and there. We did a good rally, but not enough.

Q:
What happened in qualifying?

Sebastien Loeb:
Maybe I didn't push enough. Just that.

Sebastien Ogier:
The start?

Sebastien Loeb:
Ah yes, the start. For sure I had the bad start. I saw the marshals put the snow in the ruts and I thought: “I am not going to sweep the snow out of the line for the rest of the drivers.” So I started next to the ruts, but I was on the ice and I could not start. Maybe in the stage I was too safe and not aggressive enough.

Q:
You kept the pressure on Ogier almost to the end, how many risks were you taking on the stages to try and catch him?

Sebastien Loeb:
I was on my limit. I pushed really hard and tried my best all the time. I have done some great stages. Some little mistakes. I tried, but it was not possible.

Q:
What's your view, Daniel...

Daniel Elena:
I am very happy. Now it's two years I was pushing the car, and pushing last year, but this year I was not out of the car for pushing and this was very nice! It's a fantastic race for us, especially in the first one this morning. The two Sebs were flying in maximum risks. I have in my brain… six gear and trees. No comment – just fantastic and I'm very happy not to push the car.

Q:
Was it stressful in the car?

Daniel Elena:
When you pass each corner it's a new victory and I'm very happy. The pressure is in each corner. The first one you pass: yes; second one: yes and you expect when you have the mistake. No mistakes this time, thank you Seb.

Q:
Mads, it's third position here in Sweden and a great fight-back after technical problems on Friday morning. You wanted more from this event though - what are your thoughts on the event?

Mads Ostberg:
First of all I'm really glad to be third after Friday morning. We had a pretty bad overheat and we lost all the cooling. We emptied all the water out and we thought that was the end of the rally. After the stage we stopped and found the problem, but didn't know what do. We tried to fix it with some tie-wraps and some tape, then we took our Camelbaks and filled the engine and it seemed to work. We took [lost] some time in SS2 and some penalty after that. And then I struggled to get back to the pace and the rhythm. But, after all that, we fight back well and had a big fight with Jari-Matti [Latvala]. He was good, but we knew we could take him after I found a better set-up and then we were third.

Q:
When you had an issue on Friday morning did you think it was all over?

Mads Ostberg:
I was the guy struggling after the first stage on Friday. I worked really hard to get back to the fighting spirit. The 20-second penalty made it difficult, really after that it was difficult.

Q:
What about the rest of the season?

Mads Ostberg:
I have been too safe, I need to push more. I could see that here, you know we had one small moment. I need to take more risks and I definitely need to increase the risks to keep up with Ogier.

Q:
Do you agree, Jonas?

Jonas Andersson:
To an extent, yes. I would say I'm not too happy learning to drive on snow from two French guys! But it's great to have third place. Like that start, I thought the rally was over, so I am very happy to be here.

Q:
How frustrated were you?

Jonas Andersson:
Very. We struggled to fix it, even when we did we were not sure if this was fixed. We fought back very well.

Q:
Jonas, you are a Swedish co-driver… things have got to change!

Jonas Andersson:
Yes, definitely.

Q:


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