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Rally Argentina - Pre-event press conference

They tried their best, but I think that Seb [Ogier] was a bit faster since the start of the season. So they are defending their position, but it seems at the moment the fastest is here.

Q:
Sebastien, leading the 2013 Championship by quite a margin; do you need to go out there and push to win this weekend?

Sebastien Ogier:
Obviously we have a very good starting position. The gap as you said is quite good and there are a lot of days to go. This weekend the most important thing is to score good points, not to score the maximum, but as we're competitors of course we're going to try to get the maximum points. And like you said there is another competitor here this weekend. I knew Sebastien Loeb would be back here; it will be an interesting race I'm sure.

Q:
Seb is back as you mentioned. Mads Ostberg seems to be getting quicker. Dani Sordo is very much back on form now. How are you feeling about the competition around you?

Sebastien Ogier:
You mentioned Dani and Mads, they were very fast in Portugal so I'm sure this weekend they will be there again and also Jari [Matti Latvala], because Jari was not bad in Portugal. We've seen this morning he's able to go really fast. He did the best time. So it will be a big competition. For me the most important thing is to fight with these guys and think about the Championship. But of course if I can get another victory I will do my best for that.

Q:
Who do you see as your main rival out there this weekend?

Sebastien Ogier:
I think on my right [Loeb] there is a good one and you've mentioned Dani. He was very fast before his mistake in Portugal so if he manages the speed here, of course he will be in the fight. And I'm sure that Jari will be here also.

Q:
Looking at the event itself, the stages, the days we have, what would you pick out as being the most difficult section of the event?

Sebastien Ogier:
Good question. We've seen during the recce that there were a lot of rough parts and sometimes we are going to have to think about the car and save a little bit the car and not push too much on these rough sections. I think the last part of the long one tomorrow is quite tricky, quite soft ground and lots of loose rocks. So it's easy to break something.

Q:
We saw some dramas in Portugal; is the team confident for this weekend?

Sebastien Ogier:
Yes, we are quite confident; it's true that in Portugal we were close to not having a happy ending. We had a lot of problems and on the Sunday I was really thinking in the morning that my rally was over. But it's okay, we know what happened and we know how to avoid this problem. We also think the conditions are going to be different here, it will not be so hard as we had in Portugal for the car. Here it's more about big impacts and avoiding the big rocks on the road.

Q:
Gabriel, we see you compete here as part of the Qatar World Rally Team in a Fiesta. Have you managed to test before the event?

Gabriel Pozzo:
For me it is important to be here. I have to say thanks to M-Sport and Malcolm Wilson. The last time was in 2002 with Skoda. After 10 years I'm back to WRC. We couldn't do any test before. The first time in the car was this morning in the Shakedown - only 10 kilometres in the car and then Qualifying. It's difficult but the feeling was good. I'll try not to make a mistake and try to get the feeling step by step. The most important is to finish the rally and get more kilometres.

Q:
We've seen you in Group N over the years, how does the car feel?

Gabriel Pozzo:
The speed in the corners is incredible. It is very fast.

Q:
How are the stages? Are they very rough this year?

Gabriel Pozzo:



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