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Rally Finland: Ostberg boosted by thrilling battle for second

It was somewhat ironic that Ostberg should have met with misfortune on Ouninpohja, given that he'd make the decision to play it safe and get to the finish and leave Neuville to take the riskier strategy.

"I just wanted to focus on ourselves and only drive as fast as I can," he insisted. "I didn't want to go to the maximum, I needed to be at the end of the rally. We decided to go maximum inside my comfortable level and more than that I wouldn't do; if he was faster then he was faster and he was - I'm happy with third."

And Ostberg explained that he'd arrived in Finland feeling rather low and lacking in confidence.

"I definitely think this was a good weekend after such a difficult first half of the season," he said. "My confidence was zero and it was difficult to know how to turn this around when so many different things were going on.

"With the break, I was able to understand what we needed to work on," he continued. "I was really looking forward to Finland, even if the confidence was not very high. We saw early on the speed was quite good, then we slowly tried to get the confidence back, even if the speed didn't change much.

"This has turned it around - doing a rally with no problems is a big step," he added. "The car was really good this weekend. Okay we had some punctures, but anyway almost everything has worked really well. It's nice for the confidence that we have the speed and have been fastest on many stages.

"We have been able to fight for the top positions and I'm really looking forward to having my confidence back." he said. "It feels better at the end of the rally and it will be easier to start a rally again after this weekend."


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Podium, Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport), Thierry Neuville Nicolas Gilsoul (Ford Fiesta WRC #11, Qatar World Rally Team) 2n place, Mads Ostberg, Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC #4, Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team) 3th place
Mads Ostberg, Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC #4, Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mads Ostberg, Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC #4, Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mads Ostberg, Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC #4, Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team)
Pontus Tidemand (SWE) Emile Axelsson (SWE), Ford Fiesta R5
Pontus Tidemand (SWE) Emile Axelsson (SWE), Ford Fiesta R5, WRC2 winners
Podium
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Bernardo Sousa, Hugo Magalhaes, (Ford Fiesta RRC, #43)
Bernardo Sousa, Hugo Magalhaes, (Ford Fiesta RRC, #43)
Yurii Protasov , Pavlo Cheperin (Ford Fiesta WRC)
Yurii Protasov , Pavlo Cheperin (Ford Fiesta WRC)
Yurii Protasov , Pavlo Cheperin (Ford Fiesta WRC)
Yurii Protasov , Pavlo Cheperin (Ford Fiesta WRC)

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