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Q&A: Sebastien Ogier, Citroen

Sebastien Ogier: We've just had a very positive session in Sardinia. It was very important to be able to do some testing before starting the rally. The Citroën DS3 WRC just keeps on getting better and better in every area.

Citroen's Sebastien Ogier looks ahead to next week's Rally Italia Sardegna, the fifth round in the 2011 World Rally Championship, where he will be out to get his third win in succession.


Q:
Sebastien, victories in Portugal and Jordan, can you make it a hat-trick in Italy?

Sebastien Ogier:
This string of successes has come at just the right moment as it's put us right back in the running for the title. Our early-season results are looking much better because of these two wins on the trot. But nothing's really changed. We were quick and always in the running for victory in the previous events. Only a mistake in Mexico cost us a lot of points. In Portugal and Jordan where we were under pressure to score a good result we managed to win. We haven't changed our approach nor have we suddenly found a new tweak! In Sardinia, we'll have to try and keep up the good work.

Q:
With the tyres and engines, new parameters have modified the odds during the season. Has this changed your approach?

Sebastien Ogier:
The reliability of the Citroën DS3 WRCs is a major asset in this closely fought World Rally Championship. Since the start of the season we haven't had any mechanical problems serious enough to eliminate us. We've done a lot of testing to reach this level and it's important to underline all the work carried out by the team in this respect. From now on, we have to finish the year with two engines as laid down in the regulations. It doesn't really change all that much for a driver. I won't drive any differently than in the opening rallies. Maybe it's the engineers who'll be a bit more stressed! Where the new Michelin tyres are concerned, they seem much more puncture-proof and they modify your way of driving a little. You can hit the apexes a bit harder without being afraid of puncturing on a stone!

Q:
Although Sardinia was not on the WRC calendar, you went there last year. Is this an advantage for you?

Sebastien Ogier:
Our race didn't last very long but I was able to take part in reconnaissance. According to Julien [Ingrassia], my co-driver, we won't have any special advantage in relation to the other crews. The new layout has kept only one stage. We've just had a very positive session in Sardinia. It was very important to be able to do some testing before starting the rally. The Citroën DS3 WRC just keeps on getting better and better in every area. We're working on all aspects to make the car go quicker and quicker!


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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
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Podium, Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
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Podium, Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team

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