WRC » 28 October 2009
Red Bull Reporter interview with Sébastien Loeb
Well yes, it's a pressure to be here and that the championship will be dependent on what happens this weekend. So for sure it's a kind of pressure but I know that that's just the way sport goes sometimes. I know that whoever wins on Sunday, that one of us will be very happy and the other one disappointed but that's how sport works. It's difficult to know who will win but, that's just the way it goes, I will be trying to take this rally as I would any other one and we'll see.
You've spoken about not being a great fan of the conditions of Rally GB. If we look out the window today it's very wet, it's been raining heavily. How do you think that will affect you tomorrow?
I think it can be very tricky here. If it's raining, foggy, muddy, then it can be difficult so we'll just have to deal with that. It's the same for everybody so we'll just have to see how it goes. It's earlier than last year so hopefully the conditions will be a bit better, there won't be any snow or ice so I think it'll be okay. This is rallying after all.
This is one the closest title chases in WRC history. How important do you think that win in Spain in the last round was for your title contention?
Oh for sure, in Spain for me it was really important to win and for me to be able to come back against Mikko and luckily we managed to get it done there. When I arrived in Australia I knew that I had to win so that the title could still be in my hands, if not I would probably need someone else to help me. I didn't really want to get into this situation, but we did and Dani [Sordo] was able to help me out a bit and the one-two in Spain was very important as now it just down to me to try and win the title. I'm very happy in this situation and we'll just have to see how it goes over the weekend.
Speaking of your team-mate Dani Sordo, he has a had a great season so far, after his performance in Spain he's going into Rally GB very confident how do you think he will fare in these conditions?
Yeah, I think he can do very well. He has no pressure and he's getting faster and faster every time at each different rally on all surfaces and in all different conditions including now gravel. So I think he will be able to do something really good. He showed very good speed in the shakedown and I'm sure he will be competitive.
On a slight diversion from rallying, I was going to ask you about F1 and whether or not you would be making an appearance for Toro Rosso in Abu Dhabi. But obviously it has emerged in that last few days that the FIA probably won't be giving you a super licence. Is that a blow for you or do you feel they made the right decision?
Well, it's not really for me to decide that but I was happy to have just been there and to take that experience. I had the opportunity and for me it was great but the FIA have decided not to give me a super licence and it is what it is. As I have said, I don't have a lot of experience and so I cannot say that they are not right because they have spoken about my lack of experience in a formula car also, and they made a decision based on that, so that's it. It's not really a problem for me; the priority is rallying and this championship. That was just a bonus that I might have been able to do, but finally we know that I will not be able to do it.
If the opportunity were to come up in the future, whether with Red Bull, Toro Rosso or another team, do you think if the 'phone call came through that you would be able to say no?
Tagged as: Ford , Mikko Hirvonen , Michael Schumacher , title , Crash.Net , Dani Sordo , Sébastien Loeb , Citroën , Olivier Quesnel , Rally GB , Cardiff , champion , Red Bull Reporter , Mike Fryatt
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