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).
Jost Capito (Volkswagen Motorsport).
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?
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.
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?
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.
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…
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.
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?
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.
Julien, a win in Italy and it looked like a perfect performance!