WRC » 1 May 2013
Rally Argentina - Pre-event press conference
It's a long rally, long stages. The rally is too rough, the first 10 kilometres is really twisted and the stages are changing all the time. If we finish the rally, that result will be very good.
Dani, this year we see you back as part of the Citroen team. How has it been to re-join the team?
I'm really happy to be back to Citroen. It's always a pleasure, because they are very professional people that I know very well from years before. I'm really happy.
Before this event you took part in the Citroen Roadshow - it didn't go smoothly for you! Tell us what happened? [In reference to the roll at the Roadshow in Buenos Aires]
Nothing, we did a show!
Let's hope those things don't happen in a rally. How did it happen?
I did a roll.
Just putting on a show for everybody..?!
It was a very fun track and also people had the good idea to take the times of the three drivers [Loeb, Hirvonen and Sordo] to see who is the fastest, so when you are in a competition, it's competition! It was really fun, but to be honest the road was really, really soft and we took the corner with a lot of speed and we had a problem with the front tyre and we rolled. After the car had a lot of damage, but thanks to the mechanics they repaired the car and we could continue the show the day after. Thanks to the mechanics for working hard, but it was good, really nice.
During Rally Mexico you seemed to struggle on gravel but it all changed in Portugal when we saw a real return to form. What changed?
We worked with the team and Mikko [Hirvonen] really hard before Rally Portugal and we took really good solutions for the car and for the confidence and in Portugal the feeling was really, really nice.
In terms of what you can do here in Argentina, you have had good results in the past. How can you turn what you learned so far in 2013 in the car into a good result here? Are you going to be aiming for the win here?
Of course I will try to fight for the win, but you can see today that Sebastien [Loeb] is coming really strong. This is incredible, without a test or nothing he arrived and “boom, boom, boom”. Also Sebastien [Ogier] and also Jari-Matti [Latvala] I think it will be a good battle with also Mikko. It will be a good rally for everybody and I think it is not only the speed, you need to be at the end because it's really tough. We will see.
Is it a rally that you enjoy?
Yeah. It's not my favourite rally, in terms of the stages because it's really slippery and I don't like it when it's slippery like that. I enjoy more the rallies like Portugal or Greece with more grip, but I like the rally and I need to be fast also in these conditions. I need to push hard tomorrow and do good times.
Questions from the floor
Q: Carl McKellar (www.redbull.com, Austria).
A question for Sebastien Ogier. In Portugal you were not very well. How are you feeling now? Are you back on form?
Yes, It took a lot of time because I've been sick for one month and it never happened to me before so it was quite hard, but now I'm fit again, but not in top form because I did not train during this month. I had to rest and go home and try to recover, but at least I'm better than in Portugal and I'm happy to feel like that and to feel normal again.
Q: Miguel Ángel Sebastián (Diario Clarín, Argentina)
Tagged as: m-sport , Abu Dhabi , Sordo , Sebastien Ogier , press conference , Dani Sordo , Argentina , Sébastien Loeb , Citroën , Qatar , Ogier , volkswagen , Pozzo , Gabriel Pozzo
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