Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I'm thrilled to have won this rally and I'm especially pleased with the way we won it. From start to finish, the scrap reminded me of the thrilling clashes we had last year with Marcus Gr?nholm. It was a very close run thing throughout and we were never able to relax. The decision to keep the lead at the end of the opening day involved a certain amount of risk because we didn't know exactly how much road-sweeping we would have to do. It meant pushing hard all the way, but the tactic finally paid off."

"Our objective today was to keep up a fast pace over the final day's 40.47km of stages and keep a close eye on how our main rival was going. It was important not to make any mistakes and that meant building in a certain safety margin. After spending the first two days driving flat out between the trees, I had absolutely no intention of letting our 42nd WRC win slip from our grasp. Today's victory also means we have met one of the objectives we set ourselves at the start of the season, and that's a particularly satisfying feeling. I had every confidence in my Citro?n C4 from flag to flag and this result gives our chances in the Drivers' championship a terrific boost since it narrows the gap down to just 1 point. It's been a positive weekend, too, for Citro?n in the Manufacturers' standings."

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Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I'm pleased with my driving but I came here to win and Loeb found a few seconds more. We played cat and mouse all weekend and when I won a stage, he usually won the next. For there to be only nine seconds between us after all this crazy driving is amazing. I lost the time by not being brave enough in the narrow sections. It'll be difficult but we must now fight for the win on every round."

"It was a fantastic rally and an amazing fight and it's unfortunate I didn't win in front of my home fans. I pushed right to the end but it wasn't enough. I'm pleased to still lead the championship but one point isn't much. The speed was crazy. Sometimes we could have thrown our pace notes away and just gone for it and I've learned that I could have made my notes quicker."

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"To finish on the podium in Finland is fantastic, it's one of those rallies that you really, really want to do well on and it's great to add it to the CV. The guys did a fantastic job, the car was great and I was just able to keep pushing hard. I really want to thank everybody in the team, it's just really cool to be here on the podium the first time in Finland with the new car, and of course it's great to be back in third in the championship. It's been a great weekend, really good."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"We spent the last day driving sufficiently quickly to defend our fourth place. I am pleased with my performance this weekend and I didn't make any mistakes. I have learnt even more about how to drive on this highly specific event where experience counts for so much. There are still a few areas where I can improve, notably the way I brake. It's nice to be at the finish and it's the first time I've had that pleasure here in a WRC car. Our C4 WRC was extremely competitive and the points that Citro?n has scored promise to be important as the rest of the season unfolds."

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"We started the rally off really well and it was good to be on the podium after the first day. The car was working well and it was a fine performance as we had no pre-event testing so I had showed a fast pace right from the start. But we lost the feeling on day 2 and had to settle for fifth position which isn't too bad and at least it's some more points; moving me up to seventh in the championship. We got new Expert race suits for this rally so we may not have been the fastest crew but we were definitely the best looking!"

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"Okay, it's been a tough weekend but we're sixth and that's how it is. said Petter Solberg. When everything was working it felt very good, but I lost the feeling at times yesterday and Friday. Today was much better, but by then we'd lost too much time to be able to climb back up any higher. We have a week until Germany for the team to keep working on the car, and we'll see what we can do there, the first time on tarmac."

Matti Rantanen [Ford Focus RS WRC 06]:

"It is unbelievable result and I am very happy. It has been a dream weekend and I hope I have shown how fast I have been. I hope to be in the WRC next year but I just have to get the money together first. I am very happy to have won the Spirit of the Rally Award too."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

"It's been a really good day today - a day I've really enjoyed. The stages are nice, the sun was shining and, of course, there were plenty of Finnish flags flying! It looked as though we could be having a big fight with Matthew [Wilson] today, but we managed to keep him behind. Once I realised that we had the speed to stay ahead of him, it was okay. I could relax and enjoy the roads. To end the event in Ruuhimaki, with those jumps at the end of the stage, is fantastic. That's why people love Rally Finland. I came here feeling we could make points and we have done that. It's been a good week."

Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"This is a really tough rally and we have moved forward with some important setting changes for when the rally comes back here. This event is all about experience and finishing today has certainly helped that. It's easy to go fast in some places but you need the experience and the confidence to go fast everywhere. Saturday was tough and it caught many people out so it was good to survive and take these positives to Rally New Zealand."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"Coming here on the back of South Estonia gave us a good idea of the set-up for the car and the speed which would be needed on Rally Finland. Three days later, I can tell you the roads here are just incredible. I have learned a great deal during the event, but I also realise there's more to learn - it's so much about experience here in Finland. The car was great all the way through the rally. Okay, we played with some of the suspension settings every now and then, which helped us find more traction and we had a small brake problem, with some air in the brakes, on the second day, but nothing serious. One of the toughest things about this rally is getting your pace notes right. You come through the stages at 60kp/h during the recce calling the crests and corners as accurately as possible, but then you arrive in the rally car at three times that speed and, believe me, things can look quite different. One example is a left-over-crest corner which tightened in the Kakaristo test. Wow! A couple of cars had gone off there before us and I'm not surprised. When I started to turn the steering wheel for the tightening section of the corner nothing happened - we were a couple of feet in the air! It was a big moment. We've done it, though. We're through Finland, what a great experience. With the second half of the season up and running, I can't wait to get to Germany now!"

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"This was an excellent result, especially as I haven't competed for over two months. It was difficult to find the required balance of attacking hard enough and being cautious over the huge crests. One error on the big jumps is enough to drain a drivers' confidence and this is the ultimate 'confidence' event. I'm looking forward to the next rally in Germany which is a very different kind of rally."

Andreas Mikkelsen [Ramsport Ford Focus WRC]:

"A rally I will never forget. The second day was a little disappointing but today has been good and we are really looking forward to Germany. I haven't driven on tarmac for a while so it will be a good challenge."

Juho Hanninen [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX]: [P-WRC winner]

"This is a very important result. We needed these 10 points to keep our Championship hopes alive. We had a very good battle with Juha [Salo] on Friday and Saturday morning which was really enjoyable. After his mistake it was difficult to keep a rhythm without losing too much time or taking risks. I look forward to New Zealand as I like it very much so I think it's possible to score some good points there."

Urmo Aava [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"We learned a lot from this rally - you have to know exactly what you are doing on these stages and make no mistakes with the set up of the car. It wasn't perfect for us but we are happy with the experience it has given us for future years."

Martin Prokop [Citroen C2 S1600]: [J-WRC winner]

"This win here really gives me a lot of pleasure! We weren't very lucky at the start of the season after we went off the road on the first day in Mexico, and then we had an engine problem that cost me the win in Italy. So this victory is a well-deserved reward for all the hard work put in by everybody at our team."

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"The rally didn't go as I expected unfortunately and I didn't achieve what I wanted, which was a podium. I feel quite empty. It ended for me on Friday morning and that was all due to an error I made on the recce when I didn't mark a rock in my pace notes. At least I got my confidence, rhythm and speed back and drove the new stages which is good for the future. It was difficult to be motivated but the best medicine after an accident is to get back behind the wheel. I know the speed is there so I hope that next year I'll have the chance to fight for a win here."

Notable retirements:

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]: [retired from day 1 in SS3 - went off the road - re-started under the SupeRally on Saturday]

"I approached a left-right-left combination of bends and decided to keep the car as straight as I could. But I hit a rock, which wasn't in my pace notes, with the front right of the car. The handling felt strange immediately afterwards and suddenly I was thrown off the road into the ditch where the car half-rolled and hit a small tree. The data shows I was doing 117kph when I went off. I just thought this can't be happening to me again. I felt relaxed this morning and felt really confident in the opening stage and the early part of the next. I want to continue so that I can get my confidence back."

Gigi Galli [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from event in SS16 - went off the road]

"It has been a bitterly disappointing end to the rally here for me. I was just trying to keep our position against Sordo and the accident happened on a tricky left hand corner. My pace notes were slightly out and I ended up sliding into the ditch which then caused the car to roll at high speed into the trees. The car is quite badly damaged and it was obviously a corner that caught out people as two other cars went off in the same place as me. We had got into a good rhythm and found a sensible speed and feeling with the car so I don't think I was pushing too hard on the stage."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from event in SS16 - went off the road]

"I was caught out by a very difficult left-hand corner in Kakaristo stage - another car had already crashed at this point. The car went off the road and into a tree. Fortunately, neither myself, nor Jonas were seriously hurt, but we are both feeling quite stiff from the impact. I'm very sorry for everybody in the team. The car had been running really well; we'd had no problems at all during the event and the pace had been good. We were looking at points here, but that's the way the sport goes sometimes."

Federico Villagra [Munchi's Ford WRT]: [retired from event in SS20 - went off the road]

"We had a really strange accident near the end of stage 20. We slid wide into the ditch and rolled very slowly along the road. The car wasn't very badly damaged but it caught fire quickly which we managed to put out. It's a shame about this problem as we were going well and getting used to the very fast roads here and this was my first accident for many years. Finland is always a very difficult event, especially getting used to the high speeds, but we made a big improvement in our times from last year and for sure I can take these positives to our next rally in New Zealand; also on fast gravel."

Luis-Perez Companc [Munchi's Ford WRT]: [retired from event after SS21 - co-driver injured]

"It hasn't been the perfect end to my rally career and for sure we would have liked to get to the end of my last rally. But we are in Finland, it is a very special place and as you can see, it can catch out any driver. With the accident we ran wide on a corner into the ditch and hit a boulder very hard on Jos?'s side. I could hear that he was winded and breathing heavily and he waved to continue to the end of the stage. Then the pain got worse and we stopped after the finish as it was too much for Jos? to continue. It was a surprise accident as the rally was going very well for us, we didn't expect to have been setting those times and it all seemed to be under control."

"When I look back on my career I would say after my home event of Rally Argentina then this event in Finland is my favourite rally. Argentina is special because of all the local fans cheering me on and that really is a great feeling; myself and Jos? must thank them all for their wonderful support over the years. I also have great memories of Rally Japan last year when we were fighting with Matthew for fourth position, I had a very inspiring drive and was able to push hard and drive very near to my limit without making any mistakes; that really was my best result."

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"When you know just how tough it is to win this event, today's result is immensely satisfying. S?bastien and Daniel didn't put a foot wrong and they came out on top at the end of what was an unrelenting fight. The tremendous work put in by everyone in the technical team on the C4 since last year has paid dividends. It was awesomely competitive and this is a top result for us in terms of the Manufacturers' Championship, too. The way both C4s performed is particularly encouraging for the rest of the season. Dani and Marc also put in a very mature run. A magnificent victory, some outstanding times, clockwork reliability and a big points haul - what else could we ask for?"

Malcolm Wilson [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT - team director]:

"This wasn't the result we were looking for but having lost Jari-Matti so early, it made it more difficult for Mikko because he had to think about both championships. He delivered an incredible performance and learned a lot having to battle with Loeb for three days, which will make him stronger. They were 0.5sec/km quicker than the rest of the field and I think Mikko drove better than last year which is a big achievement."

Mark Deans [Ford of Europe - motorsport director]:

"Tens of thousands of spectators packed the forests to see the action, while the service park in the centre of Jyv?skyl? provided great entertainment in itself for entire families and generated the kind of atmosphere for which Finland is renowned. Once again this rally has shown it is the championship's benchmark that every event must aspire to match."

David Lapworth [Subaru WRT - technical director]:

"We used Greece and Turkey as part of extended test programme, so this is the first event in which we've really focussed on our performance on gravel. It's been our first chance to really see how the car performs on gravel and how the work done in testing translates to a rally, and it is clear we've made good progress. Chris did a great job, and we learned a lot that we will take into New Zealand in particular, as the next gravel rally, as we continue the steep part of the learning curve that we are currently in."

Malcolm Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT - team boss]:

"It's great to have two Stobart cars in the top-10 of this specialised event. Henning showed really good pace on day 1 but unfortunately lost his rhythm on the second day. But to his credit he still scored a very strong fifth place on one of the fastest events in the WRC. Matthew has put in a really solid performance in terms of learning the event and getting the experience and he hasn't made any mistakes. Some of his splits were really impressive and he showed some great pace on the final day when his confidence was higher. All three crews can take a lot from this event to New Zealand where the setup and conditions are very similar."

Andrew Tinkler [Stobart Group - CEO]:

"It's certainly been a mixed rally for the Stobart team but Henning and Gigi showed some great pace to be in the top-three at different points during the rally and we have come away with some important points for the team. Matthew upheld British honour with a solid top-10 in what was one of the most challenging events of the calendar and his times improved greatly over the weekend."

Paul Wilding [Suzuki WRT - team manager]:

"Toni has driven very well today. He's made no mistakes and the car hasn't missed beat. We're very pleased with the performance and reliability we've found from the latest development of the Suzuki SX4 WRC. Taking points is why we're here, so we're delighted with that. Of course, it's a shame that P-G went off the road yesterday, but these things happen in this sport - particularly on such a high-speed event as Finland. Now, though, our focus switches to Rallye Deutschland and the new challenge of a pure asphalt rally. One thing is sure, though, we go there on a high after a points-finish in Finland."

Mario Isola [Pirelli - rally manager]:

"The conditions here in Finland were the most suitable for the debut of our soft compound Scorpion tyres, that showed a good compression resistance during the several jumps of this rally and also an excellent strength. There was no one single puncture both among the FIA WRC drivers and the FIA P-WRC drivers. The good judgments from the drivers reconfirmed the excellent development job done by our technicians on this type of tyre. I'd like to add that Guy Wilks with an Honda Civic Type-R equipped with Pirelli commercial tyres, won among the two wheel drive cars (not included in the JWRC) where competition among tyre manufacturers is still open."