Driver / co-driver: S?bastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citro?n Total WRT), Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Antilla (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT), Dani Sordo and Marc Marti (Citro?n Total WRT).

Team principal: Olivier Quesnel (Citro?n Total WRT).

Press conference.

Q:
S?bastien, Wales Rally GB has been the win that has eluded you, but you have put that right this weekend after a dramatic final two stages. Citro?n takes the Manufacturers title as well - a great result after a difficult weekend.

Sebastien Loeb:
I feel very satisfied for sure. When we arrived here the priority was to try to get the Manufacturers' Championship and so we didn't know really if we had to push or not because the conditions were so tricky - it was so difficult just to stay on the road. It was going well but we had some big moments sometimes because we had no gravel crew and only one tyre; it was really bad sometimes. But we could keep in contact with Jari-Matti, and Dani was just behind so everything was looking good for the Championship so we decided to push for victory.

Q:
You picked up a 10 second penalty on stage 18 after a jump start, which was then removed. Did that spur you on to charge even harder on the final stage?

SL:
The problem was that the penalty was on the board but I didn't know if it was going to stay there or not. So I had to drive like I had a penalty and it was still possible to win because we were only 2.2 seconds, I think, behind Jari-Matti at the start of the last stage. Normally when I do a jump start I know it. We had to take some big risks in the last stage but we won it, and the penalty didn't stay, so that was the most important thing.

Q:
You have done the double this year with the Drivers and Manufacturers' Championships; it's been an incredible year for you and Citro?n.

SL:
For sure! It couldn't be better for us. We had everything this year; both Championships, and that was the priority. I beat my own record too! So I am very happy with that.

Q:
During 2008 Mikko Hirvonen was the only real threat to your title hopes - has it been easy for you?

SL:
No it hasn't been easy at all. When you look from outside for sure we won 11 out of 15 events but we had to work very hard for those victories and that is something that you don't really understand if you are not following every stage. On some stages I won only by one second and I tried to push really hard to get those fast times. With drivers like Jari-Matti pushing harder every year and with Mikko going well all season this year it is never easy. But thankfully at the end everything came right for us.

Q:
It sounds like 2009 will be a great year next year. Are you looking forward to it already?

SL:
Yes, sure, I am looking forward. My goal is to win another title. I will try to get six! We will see. There will be some good fights but we need to look at the regulations. In most of the rallies it worked okay to have a hard tyre but in a rally like here you have no cuts, no tyre choice, no gravel crews, no information of the condition of the stages and for me it is getting more dangerous. I understand it is a question of reducing cost but when you see Chris Atkinson's crash I am quite sure that had he had a gravel crew and cut tyres he wouldn't have crashed. He was aquaplaning on the mud. I think it would be cheaper to have a gravel crew rather than a totally destroyed car. We always speak about safety, and this is going the wrong way. I hope for next year, and especially for Ireland, we will be allowed to cut the tyres if it is raining very hard. Like this, as it is now, it is completely wrong.

Q:
Sebastien said it had been a difficult event and we have seen difficult conditions across the board. How has it been for you?

Daniel Elena:
It was very icy out there! Everyone knows this is a dangerous sport and these bad conditions are not easy for the marshals, for us and for safety. It is not easy to stay on the road. The team have done a very good job on the car and we are very happy to win here now.

Q:
What was going through your mind going into that last stage? How much were you risking to try and get the lead?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
I thought I had lost the game up until that last stage and when I heard about the penalty for S?bastien I thought I had a possibility - but I drove similar as I drove in Rheola and I basically went as fast as I could and I was taking risks. But I didn't take such big risks that I would be waiting on the bank for a trailer! I didn't want to finish my end of the year like that. I thought New Zealand was one time too many to retire on the last stage so I had a little bit of limit on my speed. But, how you say, the best man won the rally.

Q:
You began the day first on the road - did you think you still had a shot at the win?

J-ML:
I had a feeling in the morning that I could make it, and it was alright in the morning but going into the afternoon it changed. The roads in the morning were very solid ice with a little bit of gravel on top which was giving you grip on the braking points but in the afternoon the sun melted the road which gave a little bit of surface water and I just didn't have total confidence and had a couple of moments and I think that's where I lost the game - I just couldn't find the rhythm.

Q:
2009 looms large; will you be fighting for the Championship title next year?

J-ML:
I feel that now, finally, I am ready to fight for the Championship. I spoke with my co-driver Miikka on the road section, that we got the Rally Sweden victory the easy way. We thought that it gave us an easy feeling that it would be easy now. But today we realised that the victories need big fights and if you want to win a title you need to be able to fight and win these battles. So I think mentally I am stronger.

Q:
Miikka, you just lost out at the end of the event after such a strong performance; how are you feeling?

Miikka Antilla:
It has been a long event, with early mornings and late nights. Especially when the conditions are like this it feels longer and more stressful. Also the first day with stages being cancelled there were lots of rumours so it felt like a long, long rally.

Q:
A strong drive by you this weekend Dani and this is the first Manufacturers win that you have been part of; that must feel good!

Dani Sordo:
I feel very good. A perfect weekend for the team and for me. I knew I needed to take some points for the Manufacturers' title and I am very happy with my performance as well.

Q:
How much pressure did you feel this weekend to score points for the Manufacturers' Championship?

DS:
There was a lot of pressure. The rally was very difficult in these conditions but now it has finished it feels very good.

Q:
On the first stage on Saturday you set an amazing pace; how did you find conditions?

DS:
I don't understand how I got such a fast time! We had very good confidence with the notes and it worked very well. But it only lasted one stage! After that other people came in really fast with the ice and I had to be careful.

Q:
As I said it's been a strong year for you, do you feel confident in your ability to be fighting for the Drivers' Championship next year?

DS:
I will try, of course. I have more experience and more confidence. It is not easy with other fast drivers but my feeling is very good and I am ready to try.

Q:
Looking back at the season, it's been a great year for you. What has been the highlight of 2008?

Marc Marti:
In these conditions it is not easy. The FIA need to understand that it is not the same as Formula One with just one tyre. We need more tyres, we need gravel crews, we need a lot of things to do our job. We need a lot of help. I am very happy with Dani - he finished fifth three years ago, last year fourth, this year we finish third so it is good preparation and we helped win the Manufacturers' Championship so I am happy.

Q:
Congratulations, Citro?n has taken its first Manufacturers' Championship since 2005 and its first win at Wales Rally GB. What a great result!

Olivier Quesnel:
I am quite happy for the team and for Citro?n. And we get the Junior Championship too. We get eleven victories this year, and Seb gets the Rally GB win, so we couldn't have done better. I am very pleased for the drivers and co-drivers.

Q:
It's been your first year in your position as Team Principal and Citro?n Sport Director - has it been an enjoyable year for you?

OQ:
Of course! But when you have a team like that you have to do this job.

Q:
What does winning the title mean to Citro?n?

OQ:
For Citroen it is very important. For me the Driver's title is more important. So the best way is to get both so everybody is happy!

Questions from the floor.

Q: Andrea Cremonesi - Gazzetta de la Sport (Italy).
I would like to ask the drivers how they felt about Valentino Rossi's performance.

SL:
I think Valentino at the moment is a World Champion in motorbikes and for sure it is very hard for him to arrive like this in a World Championship rally. It is like me arriving tomorrow in MotoGP. I think I would be far behind! At the end of the rally he was getting better and better and for sure he improved. But I hope he had some fun and I think he came for that. I spoke a bit with him and he was struggling a bit with the notes and I understand that. At this speed you need some experience. But he was getting better.

J-ML:
For me Valentino did a good job. I remember when he was here the first time, because it was my first World Rally in 2002, and I had a feeling that year that there was too much pressure for him to suddenly arrive and do a great performance. He is doing it the right way now, by having fun and starting slowly and improving step by step and gaining in confidence. That is the way you have to come in the WRC. Take me for example. I have been here now since I was seventeen and I am now twenty three. So now I am starting to be able to fight against S?bastien but it took so many years, six years, to get where I is. Things don't happen quickly unless you are multi-talented. So for me, Valentino's performance was good and I am really happy to see how he is improving and if he does more World Rallies in the future he could reach quite easily a top ten position.

Q: Gareth Rhys Owen - BBC (UK).
What do you make of Wales as a setting, S?bastien, and are you enjoying the stages here now that you have won Wales Rally GB?

SL:
It has always been a rally that I like. I think the stages are interesting and really nice and okay, now we are in December so there is some ice so that is normal. For me, it has always been a nice rally with good roads and this year if we had more information and some tyre choice we could have done more stages on the first day. But for me I am really satisfied with the event. For the future for me it is okay to keep it in Wales.