25 August 2013
Rallye Deutschland: Post-event press conference
Rallye Deutschland post-event press conference with Dani Sordo, Thierry Neuville, Mikko Hirvonen and Yves Matton.
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).
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?
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.
A fantastic battle, especially today when you started in the lead by 0.8 seconds. Were you nervous this morning?
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.
You have spent the majority of your career with the Citroen team, does it feel good to take the first win with them?
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.
What was the feeling when you crossed the finish line and realised you had done enough to win?
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.
Was there any pressure on your shoulders to do well here?
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.
How much will this help you to secure a drive for next year?
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.
Carlos, the first win in the WRC is special, congratulations. How are you feeling after a successful weekend here in Germany?
Carlos del Barrio:
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