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Rally Mexico - Post-event press conference

Rally Mexico post-event press conference with Sebastien Ogier, Mikko Hirvonen, Thierry Neuville and Jost Capito
Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Motorsport), Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT) and Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Qatar WRT).

Team principal: Jost Capito (Volkswagen Motorsport).


Press conference.


Q:
Two wins in a row for Volkswagen Motorsport, the season just keeps getting better for you! Congratulations on a great win here in Mexico! But you look slightly different than you did earlier this afternoon. What happened?

Sebastien Ogier:
It looks like we had a gate issue! I was a bit late for the podium and was running in the service park and, at the same time, I was signing autographs. Then I hit a door with my head and now I look like a boxer….

Q:
But happy with the result, obviously.

Sebastien Ogier:
For sure, I am very pleased. It has been a perfect weekend for us. The car was perfect again and I thank the team again for that. They are doing a really good job. From the start of the season we have had no problems with the car. We know we have a few things to improve but I have had so much fun. I have really enjoyed the rally in Mexico with all the support and we have a good lead after three races.

Q:
You won this event back in 2008 in the JWRC, did you imagine back then you would be as successful as you are today?

Sebastien Ogier:
That was the target. It was the timing. I remember it well from the start. It is just like a dream for me to come in WRC and win. I remember coming here and winning in the junior category for the first time. We won the Junior Championship but then I found it a bit difficult to adapt and did not have so much experience at the start. It is good now and after five years or so we are here in the top category and taking another victory. I hope this is just the beginning.

Q:
Were there any issues at all this weekend? We heard there might have been an issue this morning...?

Sebastien Ogier:
Just a small one before the Power Stage with a sensor – it was a bit of stress with that – maybe it could get worse. It could have been bad but no real drama. It meant I could not accelerate 100 per cent, only 95 per cent.

Q:
You kept a great pace this weekend, not really slowing down at all - did you just feel comfortable at that pace?

Sebastien Ogier:
I think on day one I had to drive fast because Mads [Ostberg] was driving very well and we needed to make a gap. Then, on day two we started to make a gap and I was pushing and I was the faster in the afternoon. When Mads was not here I continued on the stages quite hard and they were beautiful. I just wanted to avoid the rocks and not push the car too hard. I think it is the best when you have fun and you are fast.

Q:
Julien, a second successive win for you. What are your thoughts?

Julien Ingrassia:
For myself, we have many stories especially from yesterday. I learn how to jump out of the car. Now I also see how we can finish with 28 points as well. It is another challenge here. We have now done three different rallies. We must wait to see the performance of the car on each surface. Our car is working very well here as well. It was a big challenge for us.

Q:
Mikko, you take away second position here in Mexico, first time on the podium for you this season. How was your weekend here in Mexico?

Mikko Hirvonen:


Related Pictures

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Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Klinger (FRA), Ford Fiesta WRC, Qatar M-Sport WRT
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Podium, Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport, winners
podium Rally Mexico 2013
podium Rally Mexico 2013

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