Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Motorsport), Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Qatar WRT) and Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Motorsport).

Team principal: Jost Capito (Volkswagen Motorsport).

Press conference

Q:
Sebastien, congratulations on win number four this season and your 11th overall victory. After disappointment in Greece is it good to be back to winning ways? Does it feel good to be back on the top step of the podium?

Sebastien Ogier:
Of course, it feels very good. After the recce I said immediately I wanted to win, as it was two months without winning so I was missing the feeling so I think we did everything to do it. First I want to congratulate the team, they gave me a perfect car this weekend and of course we had a problem in Greece, but one in several rallies is not bad at all so I really want to congratulate them and we are very happy to get a victory and now we can enjoy our holiday in the summer.

Q:
You led from the start and built up a comfortable lead early on. It seemed like there wasn't a real challenge to your lead from any of the drivers. Did you see it like that?

Sebastien Ogier:
I think we had a very good management of the race. We pushed when we needed to and then we were a bit more cautious when it was a bit more rough for the tyres. But constantly we always increased the gap and that was the most important and at the end we also got the points of the Power Stage, so I couldn't expect better.

Q:
You seem to be the Power Stage King this year, racking up the additional points. Not that you need them at the moment as things are looking good for you for the Drivers' Championship...

Sebastien Ogier:
For sure for the moment things are looking very good and we are many points ahead of the second driver and we have six rallies to go, so it will not be enough to be Champions. I have to score more victories if I want to succeed.

Q:
Competing on these stages is not easy, but you made it look that way! Were there any problems at all during the weekend? There was a possible incident earlier?

Sebastien Ogier:
No there were not really any moments, it was a great race. Yes this morning on one of the fastest stages of the rally a cow wanted to cross the road but finally didn't, so that was a good idea! Other than that it was a very good rally. There were a few rocks at the end of the Power Stage and one of the drivers in the front, I don't know who - maybe my team-mate! - cut a bit too much some corners and I hit a stone and thought I got a puncture but I didn't in the end.

Q:
Julien, a win in Italy and it looked like a perfect performance!

Julien Ingrassia:
It has been a rally that took a long time for us to win and we had a lot of experience, first year we had a mechanical problem, so we worked a lot this weekend on our pace notes for the stages here in Sardinia, so this win is a big step for us and also for the team.

Q:
In terms of the format of the event, we had long days so how was it as a co-driver?

Julien Ingrassia:
I had to open my eyes with some tape this morning! I am not sure I am quite happy about this format because for us or the media we do not have the time to do anything...And we cannot party on Saturday night!

Q:
What are your hopes going into Rally Finland? It is of course the home rally of your team-mate, Jari-Matti.

Julien Ingrassia:
Now we are ready to attack as we have enough lead in the Championship and we have been going through the rough gravel events and now we start into more smooth rallies like Rally Finland, it will be another type of rallies. Our Polo WRC is so competitive so this will be a good challenge for this year.

Q:
Thierry, after two third places this season you now deliver the best result of your career to date by sealing second position overall. A great result for you and Nicolas. How have you felt about your performance this weekend?

Thierry Neuville:
Of course I am very, very happy, I couldn't imagine to become second coming here because it's probably the rally I hate the most, but this week I enjoyed the stages very much. The conditions were very different this weekend and the stages were more smooth; I really enjoyed driving the Fiesta on these stages and when everything comes together and things are working well both Nicolas and me were able to push sometimes and I managed to control all the time what we are doing.

Q:
It was after the remote service yesterday where you really started to show what pace you could achieve by setting two fastest stage times. Did you change something at that service to make you more confident?

Thierry Neuville:
We started the rally like Argentina and Greece, to finish this one, and on the first stage I had no rhythm and I struggled with my driving and I didn't take any risks so I already lost 20 seconds. It got better and better afterwards but the mechanics did a great job at the remote service in Sassari and after the set-up changes I just felt comfortable and I drove on a good rhythm without taking any risks, and I was setting fastest times so that surprised even Nicolas and me.

Q:
You said in Greece that you were 'clever' and didn't take risks. So in a way, it was kind of similar?

Thierry Neuville:
This weekend we had moments of course, I managed the situation and the car was so easy to drive and we had moments, but it was quite easy to come out without problems.

Q:
Two third places, one second, there is only one place you haven't achieved on the podium now. Could we see you there this year?

Thierry Neuville:
I don't know, we'll see. I think for the moment definitely not, as this year we finish one minute behind the first driver. We made big progress as everybody can see, my strategy is to improve step by step, so we showed how we can manage our situation and this is something important for a professional rally driver and this is what I am showing now and the next step will be to fight for the victory. But in Finland, the Finnish drivers will definitely be quicker, and Sebastien as well, and in Germany probably I will try to push a bit more.

Q:
Nicolas, I believe you have been making brand new pace notes for each event this year. Have you noticed a big difference in comparison to the way they were?

Nicolas Gilsoul:
Yes of course, this is also why we decided to change because it is more precise but for each rally it is the same story, we have to wait one lap to be sure, to check the notes, as some are too fast and some are too slow. Then after changing them we can push harder and this is exactly what we did.

Q:
Thierry mentioned a few moments this weekend, what happened on the final stage?

Nicolas Gilsoul:
We crossed a cow in a fast section and it was very funny because Thierry told me like a kid: 'oh, what do I have to do?' I said 'slow down Thierry, choose left or right'. We decided to pass the cow on the right and we lost four or five seconds. But we finished second and that is what matters.

Q:
Jari-Matti, a podium position after losing almost two minutes on the opening stage is quite an achievement! Did you think it was possible yesterday morning?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
It has been a good event, when you look at the results. It was a very disappointing start, it was a left hander with very sharp rocks inside, and I did not pay attention in the recce and I didn't feel I hit anything and just three kilometres later the tyre was getting slowly down. We had more than 20 kilometres to go so we had discussions in the car with Miikka what we should do, should we stop or not and we decided to carry on and drive very slowly, but lost two minutes because the tyre delaminated and only the wheel was left, so basically we drove five kilometres with only the wheel. I got a bit depressed and I thought I lost the chances for the podium. I was thinking maybe top seven or top six would be possible. Then suddenly I wanted to do good stage times and I started to go better and better. Then we got into the top five, then finally at the end of the rally I am top three so I can be very satisfied for what we have achieved during the weekend.

Q:
Your pace has been incredible this weekend, are you carrying confidence from the previous win in Greece?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
Like yesterday the set-up of the car was really good in the evening. The Gallura stage was really good but unfortunately I had gearbox issues so I had to change it, and the set-up on the front differential was not exactly the same, it was not anymore as easy to drive. Today was alright but I didn't have the same relaxed feeling as I had yesterday, but I made no mistakes so that is the most important.

Q:
Rally Finland, your home event is next. Last year you went there off the back off a bad result in New Zealand, this year we have different circumstances. How do rate your chances? And will Sebastien Ogier be your major rival there?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
It's going to be exciting! I have really a good feeling for Rally Finland because the car feels very good and I'm having a good confidence. In Estonia I am going to drive an Audi Quattro and for sure Ogier is the man of the pace at the moment. He is strong in every condition. We need to have a perfect rally if we want to win.

Q:
So you are not going to share any secrets with your team-mate about Rally Finland?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
I guess not!

Sebastien Ogier:
I can tell you Jari-Matti that I go to Finland with only one goal!

Q:
Miikka, after the puncture yesterday how focused were you both on charging back up the leaderboard?

Miikka Anttila:
We knew we lost a lot of time but we knew it was possible to get to the top five. After our puncture the pressure was gone, so basically it is a different situation where you are fighting or not and all the time the pressure is on. But then it was like a relaxed situation.

Q:Heading to the home event do you both put pressure on yourselves to achieve a good result?

Miikka Anttila:
No I don't think it is different from any other rally. Of course it is important to do well in your own country, but if you heard Sebastien [Ogier] they are eager to win over there so we will fight for our position at Rally Finland.

Q:
Jost, already, both your drivers are keen to fight in Finland. You are going to have your hands full there!

Jost Capito:
Maybe we say that if the two fight, the third gets lucky [Mikkelsen]! It is great to have won this rally, but we lost two race drivers today, for the sport that we all love, so I would like all of us to get up and offer a minute of silence [minute of silence].

Q:
Sebastien Ogier did not get any battles this weekend, for Jari-Matti he really did have some focus and it was to get back as close as possible to the podium. What are your thoughts for this weekend?

Jost Capito:
It is not easy to lead the rally from the front and to extend the lead because everybody wants to fight, and for Jari-Matti to push and to keep the spirit and not to give it up, I think it was great sportsmanship and they believed they could come back, and the team supported them as well. First and third on the podium is a performance that is not easy to have.

Q:
Andreas Mikkelsen was in a great battle today for fourth, sadly it ended this afternoon. What happened and were you happy for him to push for that position?

Jost Capito:
The only way to improve our position in the Manufacturers' Championship was that he gets ahead of Dani [Sordo] and his performance was good enough to do that today. So we said you can try it and you can push to the limit as we have nothing to lose; either we achieve it or not and in the experience with the Polo, if he goes over the limit, this experience will make him stronger in the future.

Q:
We now have the mid-season break; at this point as you look across the season what are the improvements to be made as we go into the second part?

Jost Capito:
We are a very competitive team and everybody thinks about improvement all the time. If you don't improve you fall behind and that is not what we intend to do.

Questions from the floor

Q: Ilenia Giagnoni (Unione Sarda, Italy).
Do you think this race is the last one in Sardinia, as there is this possibility?

Sebastien Ogier:
It would be a shame, the first edition was not very successful as there were not many spectators and what we need in rallying are the public. But it looked like it is getting better and this year the stages were getting better as well. We had a lot of fun in the stages so I would like to come back here, but I am not the one to decide.

Jari-Matti Latvala:
I agree with Ogier. We saw more spectators than before and very nice ceremonies.

Q: Cezary Gutowski (Przeglad Sportowy, Poland).
Sebastien, is there any development on your racing career? F1 testing?

Sebastien Ogier:
Everybody knows that I love to get different opportunities to drive different cars, and I had a lot of fun in Monaco to drive the Porsche Super Cup, and I would like to do it again if possible. I wanted to do it next week in Silverstone but it was not possible to do, so why not in the future. But you can also be sure that my main target and main job will stay with rallying.