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Finland - Post-event press conference.

Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT), Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT), and Chris Atkinson and Stephane Prevot (Subaru WRT).

Team principal: Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Total WRT)



Press conference.


Q:
Sebastien, what a weekend it has been here in Finland; you have taken your first win at this event, how do you feel?

Sebastien Loeb:
It feels really good especially after the battle we have had all weekend. It was really big tension and big stress all the time, flat out everywhere. At the start of the stages you knew that you couldn't make any mistakes. It was really difficult. To win here gives me great satisfaction.

Q:
You have had many wins in your career but how does this one rate?

SL:
It is difficult to remember all the wins I've had but this one for sure is one of the best because I won Sweden in 2004 because I was the only non-Scandinavian to win but it was not the same kind of fight. Here there was a big fight and that gives you the most satisfaction.

Q:
You seem to have really enjoyed yourself all weekend and you said you were happy with your performance. But you backed off and made a little mistake today – did that unnerve you?

SL:
Yes, I just had to remind myself to drive normally and not to try so much flat out. I have been driving flat out for two days and after that you start to do stupid things. So after that mistake I said, no, keep a normal rhythm and try to finish and that's what I did. It is a question of pressure. I knew I would have to push this morning and the feeling was good but when you try to change the rhythm that's when it becomes difficult/

Q:
What point did today did you think that Mikko was not going to be able to catch you? Was there a point after that longest stage this morning that you felt slightly easier going into those final two stages?

SL:
Yes, because I knew 18 seconds was OK but I didn't want too lose too much in the first stage so I decided to push from the beginning because if you start too slowly you lose the rhythm and you find it harder to find the feeling again. But after that stage the gap was still the same and with 18 kilometres to go I said to myself, it should be OK.

Q:
Now that you have won Rally Finland, when you retire - which we hope is many many, years time - will you feel satisfied that you can sit back, relax and say 'I won the classic event?'

SL:
Sure! This year if I had to choose one rally to win I would pick Finland. I have never won it before but I have always been more competitive here. I have tried a lot of times but I never was able to win. It was always the last rally on the Championship that eluded me. So for me, Finland was the one I wanted to win.

Q:


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