Drivers / co-drivers: Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT), Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Qatar WRT) and Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT).

Team principal: Yves Matton (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT).

Press conference.

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Q:
Dani, congratulations on your first-ever WRC win! How does it feel to finally get the result you have dreamed of for a long time?

Dani Sordo:
I am felling really well after my first rally [win]. We didn't start well, but things improved after we changed the set-up. In bad conditions we had to fight a little bit more and in the end we finally won.

Q:
A fantastic battle, especially today when you started in the lead by 0.8 seconds. Were you nervous this morning?

Dani Sordo:
No, it was quite okay. In the first stage, we were a little bit faster than Thierry Neuville. Then we had to wait for one hour doing nothing before the next stage. That was a little bit long, to be honest. In the last stage, it was interesting, but it was nice.

Q:
You have spent the majority of your career with the Citroen team, does it feel good to take the first win with them?

Dani Sordo:
It was an emotional one, of course. A lot of people were there, close friends and family. Many people were very happy for my win. I knew that the team and Mikko (Hirvonen) were supporting me as well. You feel that people are supporting you, that is always nice.

Q:
What was the feeling when you crossed the finish line and realised you had done enough to win?

Dani Sordo:
It was a very good feeling. In the middle of the stage, I wasn't nervous, but Thierry (Neuville) was pushing like hell, so it was really close. After we crossed the line, we saw the message in the car that Thierry was driving slowly. Then it was already looking good, but we weren't sure. We had to wait for the confirmation and it was a relief when it finally came.

Q:
Was there any pressure on your shoulders to do well here?

Dani Sordo:
No, it wasn't a lot of pressure. On tarmac, we were confident we could do well. I was more scared about the set-up, because we didn't do a lot of testing here, but we made some good changes and after that, the car was really good.

Q:
How much will this help you to secure a drive for next year?

Dani Sordo:
I don't now, but I am really happy with the victory. If it helps me for next year, then it is good, but if not, so be it. Having this victory is just very nice.

Q:
Carlos, the first win in the WRC is special, congratulations. How are you feeling after a successful weekend here in Germany?

Carlos del Barrio:
It was a well-deserved win for Dani, for me and also for Citro?n. They have done an outstanding job. Two years ago, I scored my maiden podium finish here just after turning 43. Now I am 45 and I finally got my first win. And I hope it will not be the last one. Dani has driven very well. In France, we will be in a position to win and we will be able to fight from the very first stage.

Q:
Dani talked about the one hour of re-group this morning. What was it like for you? Were you nervous?

Carlos del Barrio:
Normally if you see the footage from the onboard cameras when we start a special stage, we shake hands and say: 'We must have fun'. This guy (Dani Sordo) must have fun to set fast times in special stages. This week, we had fun all the way.

Q:
Thierry, just like Finland - a great fight! The final stage was thrilling to watch and it seemed like you gave your all! How are you feeling?

Thierry Neuville:
I feel very happy with our performance this weekend. We were the only crew who was always in a position to fight for victory from the start to the finish. This performance throughout the weekend without any big mistakes is good. I was flat-out on the final part of the last stage, but then I made a mistake. It was my fault, I went off and we were happy to get back on the road again. Congratulations to these guys, they have done very well, also in the wet, which normally are the conditions that I am very strong in, but they were even quicker than me.

Q:
Yesterday, conditions were very difficult and you had a bit of a moment. Talk us though what happened.

Thierry Neuville:
We were going quite well. There was a very tricky place. I was very surprised about the lack of traction. We went wide into the logs, but I had a good reaction to spin the car and we could get back onto the road again.

Q:
Has this been the biggest battle of your career to date?

Thierry Neuville:
I remember one of the IRC rounds I did in the past, in which I had a huge battle with [Andreas] Mikkelsen. That is what I did today. We had nothing to lose, we decided to try and see where we end up. I am happy and pleased with my second place.

Q:
Nicolas, congratulations on the result! Was there a lot of tension today because you were in a big battle?

Nicolas Gilsoul:
We were very happy to be back on tarmac after many rallies on gravel. Thierry lives the stages here, and it went well.
Q:
Were you nervous or quite cool in the car?

Nicolas Gilsoul:
I try to be blind and keep focussed, but usually, when I have a helmet on, it is no problem to do the job anyway.

Q:
After going off the road yesterday, did you already think your rally was over?

Nicolas Gilsoul:
We were going really quick there, it was a bit too much, but that it is a part of the rally as well.

Q:
Mikko, you came with the aim of equalling your result last year which you have achieved, it's third position overall - good points for you and the Manufacturers' Championship. How do you feel about your performance this weekend?

Mikko Hirvonen:
It could be better, like many times on tarmac. Some days, at the beginning, the pace was really good, but then we were dropping out of the pace of the guys in front. In the end, here we are on the podium again. I am happy to get these points and happy for Dani and the whole team. It was important to get these points and we are back in the fight for the manufacturers' title again.

Q:
Was it disappointing for you not being able to keep the pace?

Mikko Hirvonen:
When you are not really right there, you want to try a little bit, but it is not like being in the fight. I need to improve my driving on asphalt, I still have to learn.

Q:
Other than that, were there moments, incidents for you?

Mikko Hirvonen:
No, nothing, really. It was all very straightforward.

Q:
What about next year? Is there already something you can say?

Mikko Hirvonen:
No, not yet. You never know what is going to happen. We have to wait and see.

Q:
Next up is Rally Australia, a rally where you always have done well in the past. Are you looking forward to it?

Mikko Hirvonen:
Yes, it is good to go back there. It is a nice rally with nice stages, a bit like in Finland. I always have a good feeling of this rally.

Q:
How was your feeling throughout the weekend?

Jarmo Lehtinen:
Especially Friday was really good. We had a pretty good pace if you compare it to the previous times. It was by far the best day on tarmac for us. We were always close, two or three seconds down on the leaders, but it adds up when you have more stages, and after six stages, you are 20 seconds down. You could see by the marks on the road that the boys were fighting out in front, all of them were off every now and then, so we had to back off a little bit as well.

Q:
The battle in the Manufacturers' Championship is back on. Do you have any expectations, any pressure?

Jarmo Lehtinen:
There is no extra pressure. It has been a tough year for us, we want to improve on every rally. It is quite simple: we need to win. Second places are not enough for the Championship.

Q:
Yves, a win for Citroen and Dani's first win, keeping the record of wins for Citroen in Germany successful! How are you feeling?

Yves Matton:
Better, for sure. The rally was very long and very difficult. Having won here in Germany so many times, there was a lot of pressure here, with everybody expecting us to win again. Now, we have done it. And it was also a special moment because of Dani's first victory.

Q:
How much has Dani impressed you?

Yves Matton:
He did exactly what I expected from him. In Finland, it was really difficult for him. When we signed him, the plan was to let him score his first win with us and the idea was to win on tarmac. For him, the start of the rally was not so easy because of his road position, but his speed was getting better and better. Yesterday, he impressed me. He was fast in the dry in the morning and also fast in the rain in the afternoon.

Q:
It's not just in the WRC, the wins in WRC 2 and WRC 3 were also for Citroen, that must be satisfying! It looks like we are set for a great battle in the Manufacturers' Championship now...

Yves Matton:
We are coming back in the battle. Now, we are again at 26 points with two rallies remaining on gravel and two on asphalt. It is still possible. After Finland, it was different, but now, I am happy that we are able to fight for the title.

Q:
When will a decision about your team for next year be made?

Yves Matton:
I don't know, I can't say it yet. I have always said that we start to work on it after Germany. For me, this first event on tarmac was very important. It is difficult to say how much time it will take. I am not alone in this game.

Q:
How important is Dani's win for his chances for next year?

Yves Matton:
It is an important point, for sure, but it is only one of the points. When you sign somebody, you want him to win, but there are other factors playing a role here.