4 May 2013
Rally Argentina - Post-event press conference
Rally Argentina post-event press conference with Sebastien Loeb, Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Yves Matton
Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT), Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Motorsport) and Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Motorsport).
Team principal: Yves Matton (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT).
Seb, congratulations on your eighth consecutive win here at Rally Argentina! This will be the final time you race here in Argentina; how does it feel to have won again?
I feel good for sure. It has been a great rally, nice stages, different ones from what I'm used to here in Argentina, always a lot of spectators. The atmosphere here is really special. It was really a good weekend; it was not easy for sure. We had to push hard. There was some pressure. The conditions were quite tricky. Finally at the end we are here.
It was a really fierce battle; when we look back to Thursday and Friday, how much were you pushing and on the limit?
I was doing my best, that's what I always do. When I start a race I always try to go as fast as possible. The start was not easy. I started with a set-up that I didn't know and I was doing a lot of little mistakes here and there. I was not completely confident with the car. I think I lost a little bit and the reason is that I have only done one day of test since last year on gravel. It was not so easy, the first stages felt really fast but then the feeling came naturally again, and then I just had to do the set-up on myself. And after that it was okay.
How difficult was it this morning?
I started the stage looking at Seb's [Ogier] splits and he was not pushing because it was really rough and we know that we can break something easily there. I didn't push. It's not a nice stage. The second one, Condor, is not bad; the first one is not so nice. The landscape, the people are, but the stage is not interesting.
What does it mean to you that your last gravel rally is here in Argentina?
It means for sure that I'm happy to win on maybe my last gravel event. It was for sure not easy. It was not easy to come here without any competition. Today Seb is dominating the Championship; everybody speaks about our battle, and all that. It was not easy to do it like this. I don't come especially for the win. We decided at the start of the season to come for four rallies, it's like that. For sure when I start I want to compete, I want to fight, to push hard, and Seb was pushing really hard. I get in the game and move on. It was a nice weekend, a nice battle.
You keep saying four events this year, but now you've said 'maybe'…
I have a plan to do a rally in France with the Super 1600 car with my wife, on gravel.
Daniel, how was it to compete in Argentina for the final time - and win!?
I am very happy for my last race on gravel, maybe! It is special, it is important for us, for the atmosphere, with a lot of fans; it's unbelievable on the stages when you see a lot of people with flags and the barbecues. It is the most impressive race with the people for us, maybe after France, because France is special for Seb, and I enjoy when I win here.
You mentioned the fans; there seems to be even more support for you this year than any other year, perhaps because they realise they are not going to see you again. Does that make you emotional at all?
Yes. We saw lots of flags with 'come back'. That is the difference from last year but for us and the car it is the same.
Second position for you after you were leading for quite a long time during this event. It did, unfortunately, go wrong. How do you feel about that because you still lead the Championship and you're a long way ahead?
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