Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Believe me, it wasn't easy. Given the delicate conditions, we had to stay doubly concentrated from start to finish. We also benefited from a faultless performance from our Citro?n C4 which was once again competitive and reliable. Before coming here, we had been hoping that Rally Argentina would enable us to take the lead in the Drivers championship and score points for Citro?n, and that's what we've done!"

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"It's been such a hard weekend it's more of a relief to finish! Another podium is fantastic for us and for the team, there's nothing that motivates the guys more than a great result at the end of all the hard work. The feeling in the car was just so much more consistent this weekend and it was easier to drive so I was able to push without making any big mistakes. It's clear we've taken some good steps forward with the car this year and it's sort of a surprise for me to be third in the championship at the moment. It's a real shame about Petter as he was going very well and we should have had two cars on the podium, but it demonstrates that we're definitely moving in the right direction."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"It would have been so easy to get caught out. It really has been a difficult event: a single bend could have compromised all the good work put in by everyone in the team and the chance for Citro?n to close the gap in the championship. I am please to have finished third and my times were on a par with what I was hoping for."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"I can't believe it! This is a little bit crazy! Fourth place on my first time in Argentina and only my second event in the C4. It's taking a while to sink in, I can tell you. Last night I went to bed thinking about fifth place and what an incredible achievement that would be - and then we passed Petter [Solberg] in the Condor stage and I couldn't stop myself thinking: 'Now we're fourth!' I really had to focus on the road ahead and just keep on listening to the notes.

"The conditions this morning were really tough again. The rain was there and then, because the stages were climbing high again, we were back into the low cloud and the fog. It would have been easy to make a mistake - particularly in Condor; that stage is so twisty. Clipping a rock or something in the fog would have ruined the whole rally for us, so I just tried to find a rhythm and stick with it. And it worked.

"This result is incredible. Not just for me, but for everybody involved. The team, David, everybody. I'm so happy about it. I thought points might be possible before the start, but I don't think I was talking about five points! The first morning was really tough, but the confidence has just come on all the time since then. I've felt more and more comfortable in the car and now we have to take it on from here. I'm really looking forward to the next rally now - I just want to get back in the C4 and keep on driving it. I'm a real fan of Rally Argentina as well - and I didn't think I'd have been saying that after that first stage on Friday!"

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"After Friday's problems, I never thought I could climb this high. I'm surprised to score points and luckily Loeb isn't so far ahead in the championship. He's only five points in front and I thought it would be nine, so that's some comfort. But I'm still disappointed because I made such a good start to lead and I could have won, but that's life. I found more speed than I had on the last round in Mexico but today I drove carefully because conditions were slippery and foggy."

Federico Villagra [Munchi's Ford WRT]:

"It is a great feeling to achieve my best ever WRC finish and on my home event in Argentina. I live in C?rdoba and the reception I have received this weekend from all the people has been incredible and has really made me drive better. For a long time I have been rallying in Argentina but I have never seen conditions quite like we have seen this weekend. The biggest challenge for this event was getting to the finish and I am glad we have done this. Things have gone really good for us this rally and despite the problems we had yesterday the team did a great job to fix everything and get us back out today. Now I am looking forward to Jordan, it is a new event for everyone so I think this will help us a lot."

Gigi Galli [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"Wow, last night I did not think I could finish this rally in seventh position but it just goes to show the rally isn't over until you cross the finish ramp. What happened yesterday was unlucky for us and my mechanics did a fantastic job trying so hard to fix the car before time ran out so I must say thank you to them all. On the first day things felt very good even though the conditions were the worst I have ever driven in my career. We had some good stage times and even a fastest on one of them so this is a good sign for Jordan because I have only had limited kilometres on gravel, in the car. There have been so many people out supporting this rally even though the weather has been terrible and this is great to see."

Andreas Aigner [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo - PWRC winner]:

"It was all quite sensational. I still managed to panic briefly today as I hit a rock but thank god that didn't affect me. I am especially pleased that I have been able to get the Red Bull Rally Team's first P-WRC win."

"This win feels really good and I'm happy now we've finished. The last long stage was so difficult with lots of fog, so slippery and muddy - just like Turkey '06. And we hit a big rock with the front right tyre and my hand was really hurting for the superspecial stage. But this is great for our P-WRC campaign this year as I was a bit negative after going off in Sweden. We've made mistakes in the past so this is a good chance and I have to really thanks all our sponsors. Greece and Turkey are really good rallies for us so I hope we can do well there too."

Sebastian Beltran [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX - PWRC]:

"I am really happy with this result. We drove a fast and intelligent rally and it's especially good on our home event. It's great."

Jari Ketomaa [Subaru Impreza N12 - PWRC]:

"I was hoping for a podium finish and now we've got one! It was a bit of a shock on Friday morning when we started after the rain as the car's set-up wasn't right for the slow corners so we made changes over the first few days. We were more confident on Saturday but then today was totally different again. But now we are leading the P-WRC which is great and we will have the new car for the next rallies so hopefully we can get some good testing in it before them."

Fumio Nutahara [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX - PWRC]:

"This was my first PWRC round of the year, so to come away with some good points is what I needed. The event didn't go to plan all of the time. We had some problems, but in these conditions, getting fourth place is good. I am happy."

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

"My performance was disappointing but I think these were the most difficult conditions I've encountered. I've had to adapt to different ways of driving to match the conditions. I'm surprised to score points for the team because yesterday I thought we had lost everything and wasn't motivated, but my confidence came back this morning. One thing I learned from yesterday was that I need to check the engine after an impact, even when everything seems OK. I've also gained good experience of Pirelli's tyres in wet and muddy conditions which will be good for future events."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]:

"I'm pleased to get to the end of what has been a very tough rally for us. I'm also pleased that we have scored a manufacturers' point for Suzuki, although I would have been even happier if we had been able to score some drivers' points for ourselves as well! We had a good solid run through the Giulio Cesare stage this morning, without pushing too hard, and that indicates the sort of thing we can do when everything is working well. We just have to treat the problems we have experienced here as opportunities to improve and move on. Now we will be working hard in preparation for the next event, Jordan, which is brand new. Nobody starts with an advantage in terms of experience there, so I hope we can do well."

Notable retirements:

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from day 1 before SS1 - boost pressure sensor failure - re-started on day 2 under SupeRally]

"Actually what halted us was a very trivial problem, but it meant that we could not do any of the stages today and that was very frustrating. Having said that, I have already drawn a line under today: my rally starts tomorrow. The most important thing now is for me to have time in the car and by the end of the rally I hope we will have achieved that and learned some useful things. It's good that the weather is so bad: it means that we can test the car under extreme conditions."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]: [retired from day 1 in SS5 - hit a rock and damaged the suspension - re-started on day 2 under SupeRally]

"I hit a big rock in a left corner with the wheel on full lock and the impact broke the bolts in the track control arm. The rock was in a rut and became exposed after the first pass through the stage so it's not something I would have had in my pace notes. I was unlucky and I'm disappointed because the rally started well and I needed a win here and the points."

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from day 1 in SS5 - hit a rock and damaged the suspension - re-started on day 2 under SupeRally]

"I am very disappointed with what has happened today. We hit a rock on the inside of a right hand corner on stage 5 and broke the right suspension. It is a shame because the feeling was starting to come and we set the third fastest time on stage 4. The mechanics will be working hard tonight and hopefully they can have the car fixed for tomorrow's stages."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from day 1 in SS8 - hit a rock and damaged the suspension - re-started on day 2 under SupeRally]

"Both myself and P-G have actually been very unlucky on this event. In my case I saw a big rock right on the racing line, which is unusual, and I could not help hitting it. Without that problem we would have got to the end of the day safely in seventh, with some good chances of finishing in the top six. Everything is not yet lost though, and we can still come back and achieve something from this event. The conditions today were as difficult as I have ever known them: the surfaces were really slippery and we were struggling for grip all the time. It could be the same again tomorrow, so we have to just try and stay out of trouble and move up the order as best as we can."

Luis Perez Companc [Munchi's Ford WRT]: [retired from event in SS8 - went off the road and got stuck in a ditch]

"I am disappointed to retire on my home event in front of all the Argentine fans but sometimes in rallying these things happen. On stage 8 we slid off the road in a very muddy section and did some damage to the front of the Focus. The car was not so bad but when the recovery team came to retrieve us there was no way out of the stage because many spectator cars were blocking the road because of the bad conditions. Had I got the car out in time we would have re-started but it is just one of those things that can happen. I was happy with my speed before we went off and I am feeling confident ahead of Jordan Rally which should have much better conditions to those we have had this weekend."

Gigi Galli [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from day 2 in service D - exhaust damage - re-started on day 3 under SupeRally]

"I am disappointed with what has happened today but in rallying anything can happen. My mechanics did a fantastic job trying so hard to fix the car before time ran out so I must say thank you to them all. With 10 kilometres to go in stage 13 the car started filling up with smoke and I could not see very much so had to slow down a bit. We found the problem in service but unfortunately the heat from the exhaust problem damaged the main wiring loom and it was impossible to fix in the allocated time limit. The stages were very fast and this morning I had trouble finding a good rhythm as they were quite different to what we experienced yesterday. I am disappointed we couldn't stay out there today and give the fans a good show but we will be back tomorrow to compete on some of the most famous stages in the WRC."

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from day 2 in service D - withdrawn - re-started on day 3 under SupeRally]

"It was unfortunate we had to retire yesterday but it has given me a chance to work on my pacenotes today and get more experience of this rally which I have only done twice before. The plan was to get through the stages with no problems and we have done this so I am happy. We made a decision with the team to retire for the afternoon stages to keep the car in the best condition but we will be back tomorrow to finish the only two stages of the rally we have not completed yet. The next rally is also on gravel so this extra time in the car will help with our preparation for Jordan."

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]: [retired from day 2 in service D - over the time limit - re-started on day 3 under SupeRally]

"On the first stage we drove down a long fast straight with some jumps and dips. In one compression, just before a crest, there was a rock which had become exposed in the middle of the road and it struck the sump guard beneath the car. At the finish we opened the bonnet to check everything was OK before driving to the next stage. We stopped before the start to wait for our turn, but when I tried to start the engine nothing happened. We tried to 'bump start' it to release the starter motor but it was no good. The sump guard must have impacted with the starter motor. When we realised we had gone beyond the time limit, spectators helped push start it and we drove the stage. I've made mistakes here but I've also had no luck. I hope we have some tomorrow."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from day 2 in SS14 - suspension damage - re-started on day 3 under SupeRally]

"Conditions have been extremely tough throughout this rally: it's probably the biggest challenge of the year we have faced so far. I enjoyed the morning stages: we had no real problems with the car, although I am feeling my inexperience a little bit. The roads were even rougher on the second passage through the stages in the afternoon, and unfortunately we broke the suspension. That's life, but we'll start again tomorrow with the aim of learning as much as possible."

Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from day 2 in SS15 - suspension damage - re-started on day 3 under SupeRally]

"It has been one of those days and I'm just really disappointed because things were looking good and my mechanics did an awesome job to get us back out this afternoon after the problems in the morning. On the first stage today we hit a huge rock on a right-hand bend which cracked the windscreen. The impact must have moved the exhaust slightly because it started to rub against the tunnel sending smoke into the cockpit and it also affected the prop-shaft. The guys got us back out before the time limit was up but then on the final corner of stage 15 we broke the TCA [track control arm] and unfortunately had to retire for the day. We will be back tomorrow to get some experience for next year and a few more miles on gravel before heading to Jordan."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from day 2 after SS15 - mechanical - re-started on day 3 under SupeRally]

"We've not had an easy run of things today. We were just a few hundred metres into the first stage this morning when we lost drive at the front. We obviously then lost a lot of time as we had only two-wheel drive. That problem was fixed at service, but next we had another issue with the hydraulic system. We have to remember that this is just the fourth rally of our first full season with the SX4 WRC, so it's normal to expect a few problems. The important thing is just to try and fix them and move on. Hopefully we can have a good day tomorrow, and show a little bit more of our potential."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]: [retired from event in SS19 - electrical failure]

No comment.

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from event in SS19 - suspension damage]

"Well it has not been the best event for us but OK this is the way it goes sometimes. We started off quite slow as there was a lot of fog on Friday morning but then on the next few stages we found the feeling and the times were good. It was unfortunate we retired on the first day, the conditions were quite rough and I was unlucky to hit a sharp rock which broke our suspension. This has been the most challenging event in my career but hopefully it will help in the future if there is another event where the weather is really bad like this. Now I am looking forward to Jordan Rally where it is a new event for everybody."

Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from event after SS19 - suspension damage]

"This has been the most difficult rally of my career and is one from which I will take away a lot of experience. It was a disappointing end because we were looking good yesterday and my mechanics did an awesome job to get us back out in the afternoon after the problems on Saturday morning. On stage 15 we broke the TCA which was in a slow and smooth corner but it was just one of those things unfortunately. Today was definitely the hardest day in my career, the rain was unbelievable and you could barely see 20 metres in front of you on the stage because of all the thick fog. It would have been nice to finish this event but we had some good times on the first two days and have gained some experience in some of the worst conditions you will face in rallying."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from event after SS19 - power-steering problems]

"We've had a few problems on this event, but the conditions have been even tougher than we expected. The surfaces were extremely slippery, and it was very easy to make a mistake. We just tried to keep the car on the road as much as possible and get to the end. Unfortunately we weren't quite able to manage that, but we learnt several important lessons along the way and we have a very clear idea of the areas in which we can improve."

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"It's an excellent result for us. When you see how the event unfolded, it clearly wasn't an easy rally, yet both our crews figured amongst the few who didn't put a foot wrong. Apart from the steering rack problem which slowed Dani on Friday, we didn't have any mechanical trouble either. The combination of two such sure-footed drivers and the reliability of the C4 has enabled us to go top in the Drivers' standings and also make up much of our deficit in the Manufacturers' points table. It's now up to us to keep up the hard work in order to leave nothing to chance with a view to repeating the same sort of performance in Jordan, which is the next round. I would also like to congratulate Conrad Rautenbach and David Senior whose fine run took them to fourth overall with their Citro?n C4 WRC run by PH Sport with support from Citro?n Sport Technologies technicians. Conrad scored his first WRC points in an event that was far from straightforward given the conditions."

David Richards [Subaru WRT - managing director]:

"I am desperately disappointed for Petter and Phil. Petter is showing such renewed enthusiasm since we've got the car more to his liking, and despite this setback I'm feeling increasingly confident for the rest of the season. In Chris' case, his maturity in these extraordinarily tough conditions has delivered him yet another excellent result."

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

"This is the worst event for the team since the China Rally in 1999. But our team spirit shone through after a tough opening day, we recovered well and we still lead the championship. We salvaged good points from a tricky situation and that was far better than it looked earlier in the rally."

Mark Deans [Ford of Europe - motorsport director]:

"This proved one of the toughest rallies in recent years. We had our share of problems but the Focus RS proved strong enough and fast enough to fight back and score the points which keeps us at the head of the championship table."

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

"This has been one of the most difficult events for the Stobart team in its short history and I am relieved that Gigi has made a comeback today to score good manufacturer points for the team. I'm really pleased with the effort of the whole team, this weekend things have not gone our way but nobody ever gave up and this has resulted in Gigi's good result which leaves him fifth in the Drivers' Championship. This event has been a good platform for all three guys heading into Jordan next month and especially for Henning and Gigi whose first day performances showed some impressive times."

Nobuhiro Tajima [Suzuki WRT - team boss]:

"It's clear that we have a lot of work still ahead of us, and although we are very disappointed we have also been quite unlucky here. The boost pressure sensor that stopped P-G on the opening day is a very small component, and it was very unusual for Toni to find a rock that was right on the racing line. We seem to have solved some of the reliability issues that have affected us in the past, but we need to keep working hard in order to solve all the issues we encounter. Only when we have achieved this will we be able to reach our eventual target of competing regularly amongst the frontrunners."

Mario Isola [Pirelli - rally manager]:

"Our Scorpion tyres have been designed and tested for conditions that are quite different to those we saw on this year's Rally Argentina. Of course we are more than ready to analyse and discuss the current tyre rules both with the FIA and the manufacturers in order to evaluate any potential rules' refinements that need to be made."