Q: Sebastien, what an incredible result! How do you feel?
SO: “Quite good… The only time I have made a press conference in Spain before was 2008, and that was only the pre-event one for JWRC. Since then I never have a good result. I crashed in Juniors and then, for two years, I have engine failures. Finally we are here with a good result! It was not an easy weekend. Our strategy was to push from the start and make a gap, we had a good start on Friday night, but I was not completely on the pace and I was struggling with the tyre wear. Normally this is my strength, but this time I was using the tyres more than others. Something was wrong, and definitely I need to work to find a better set-up on tarmac.
On Saturday I took risks and pushed, but then I had the puncture. Finally, it was a nice strategy, we were fourth on the road, but this was not an easy job. We had the dust, but I think we were the only ones who took time from Jari-Matti [Latvala]; we had to take risks, it was very accurate and I am very happy. What’s most important however is the title for Volkswagen.”
Q: You started Sunday 45 seconds off the lead. Did you wake up thinking you were going to absolutely go for it?
SO: “I knew there was a chance, but it was difficult to estimate how much we could make up at the beginning. I knew we would have trouble with dust and that happened. When it was clear, I took time and the cleaning gave me an advantage. But the dust was horrible. At midday service, with only 15 seconds to catch on the second loop, I believed more and more in my chance. I was quite confident I could do it. It was also difficult for Jari-Matti being first on the road on the second loop because he still had to clean a little bit in his position.”
Q: There must be a lot of bravery – you just kept the pace in the dust. Did you feel brave?
SO: “I don’t enjoy this condition. I was motivated to fight for the win. I didn’t want to lose my chance and the price for that was to take risks. The only moment was another puncture, this time we were lucky, it was only four kilometres with the flat tyre. You always need a bit of luck to win in rally. We had some with us this time."