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Check out Mike's interview with Loeb right here...
Sébastien Loeb is a man that needs no introduction in the world of rally; he is without question the most successful driver in the history of the sport, taking Michael Schumacher-esque dominance in recent years. For a five-time champion on the brink of his sixth consecutive title, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Sébastien would be a man with commanding presence that demanded attention as soon as he walked into the room, and so it felt as the guys from Red Bull circled the lobby of the hotel waiting for the man to arrive.
Oddly, it was his manager that had more presence, bounding into the room and taking control as a small statured Frenchman followed, looking for his family. Of all the things one could take away from this interview and the time I spent with him over the weekend, it was the obvious dedication he seemed to have for his family; and so it was that we sat down to discuss the upcoming Rally GB; with his two-year-old daughter clinging tightly to her father.
Sébastien, congratulations on another successful season and what will hopefully be a sixth consecutive title. How do you feel the season has gone so far? Obviously you took the first five rallies of the year but Mikko [Hirvonen] has been quick all year, you must have thought with those four wins between Greece and Australia, for Ford, that the pressure was mounting?
Yeah for sure, after the five first wins we didn't expect to be in second today; but it's like that and it shows it's not that easy to win a rally and you need everything to be going perfectly in the team to win and so we lost a bit of steam in the middle of the season. We've come back from Australia so I hope we can win once more.
Do you feel much pressure going into Rally GB? You seem very relaxed. You won it last year and as a five time champion, you don't have anything prove. How are feeling going into this?