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Finland - Pre-event press conference.

Drivers: Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total WRT), Gigi Galli (Stobart VK M-Sport Ford RT), Toni Gardemeister, Suzuki World Rally Team and Jari-Matti Latvala (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT).



Press conference.


Q:
The second half of the season starts with what is considered one of the best events on the calendar; how do you rate Rally Finland?

Sebastien Loeb:
For sure Finland is a very exciting rally. It is fast, difficult and tricky. For me it has never been the best rally because I have never won it! But we have had some great battles here in the past with Marcus Gronholm two or three years ago. It is always a good challenge!

Q:
None of the current WRC drivers have won this event. Is it going to be a bit more of a level playing field or will the Finns have the advantage?

SL:
Everybody has the same tyres so it's not a question of advantage in that respect. Finnish drivers are always fast in Finland and if you look at the Championship my two biggest rivals are Finnish so they will be especially fast here. We will see - I will start the rally as I do every time which is just to do my best and try to drive as fast as possible on the first day.

Q:
If it rains tomorrow, how will that affect you?

SL:
I don't know. If it's just a little rain then I think it will be OK. If it really rains a lot then in the high speed stages it could be very difficult. We will see tomorrow.

Q:
You have never won this event; how much do you want to win and how much would you risk achieving it?

SL:
It is one of the most difficult rallies in the Championship and I would love to win it. Only a few non-Nordic drivers have ever won it so it would be great to win. But for me the priority is the Championship so I will do my best and not put too much pressure on myself to win. You always need to take some risks here because it is so fast and difficult to be precise all the time. But I have a good feeling in the car and on the stages so we will see.

Q:
With the asphalt events we have coming up in the second half of the season, do you believe that Citroën can claim the lead in both Championships?

SL:
It would be good! We have three tarmac rallies coming so it is very important to do well on them. It is possible on asphalt to be first and second but on this rally it will be very difficult to score as many points as Ford.

Q:
What do you think of the stages this year? Are you disappointed we don't have the Ouninpohja stage?

SL:


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Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
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