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Q&A: Mikko Hirvonen, Citroen

Mikko Hirvonen: I like Rally GB even though it is difficult. The top speeds are extremely high, which is exhilarating for the drivers. All the stages are great, I don't think I could even single one out

Mikko Hirvonen looks ahead to next week's Wales Rally GB, where Citroen will be looking to secure the Manufacturers' title.



Q:
Mikko, you have already won this event. So, is this somewhere you feel particularly at ease?

Mikko Hirvonen:
Yes, I like this rally even though it is difficult. The top speeds are extremely high, which is exhilarating for the drivers. All the stages are great, I don't think I could even single one out. In the conditions that you usually get here towards the end of the year, the road surface is so muddy and slippery that you can go off on almost any bend. It probably won't be the same at this time of year. If it stays dry, I think it'll be a little bit easier… but it'll also be even quicker. Although there are hard tyres available for us to use if the weather is sunny, we'll need to manage their wear.

Q:
Your win here in 2007 enabled your then team to win the Manufacturers' World Championship title. Would you like to experience that again?

Mikko Hirvonen:
It is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career. Since then, I have raced against Sebastien at this rally for the Drivers' title, but I haven't managed to beat him yet! I would really love it if we can secure the World title for Citroen in Great Britain. It would be a real team effort and it would take some of the pressure off me for the final few rallies…

Q:
With seven podium finishes out of ten rallies, perhaps you are not far away from your first win?

Mikko Hirvonen:
To win, I'll need to have an absolutely flawless rally! If we secure the Manufacturers' title for Citroen in Great Britain, I will no longer need to think about points. That will allow me to relax a bit more, especially on tarmac. We saw in Germany that I really need to make progress on this surface. To do that, I need to take a few more risks so I can drive closer to the limit.


Related Pictures

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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN) Citroen DS3 WRC
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN) Citroen DS3 WRC
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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DafyddLarcombe

September 11, 2012 3:03 PM

A brutally honest series of answers from Mikko, I remember his incredible speed on the 2007 event, he was visably faster through Port Talbot than Marcus, I dont think he can find that speed again He still had the speed in Finland a few years ago but i think its gone now, It would be good to see him Re discover that old speed that he once had, maybe he has concentrated so much on consistancy he has lost some of his Raw speed Its funny, if you combine his consistancy with Jari Mattis speed you would have a new World Champion, its Ironic that these two drivers were team mates in the same Team for several years and needed a little bit of each others styles and approaches



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