24 Sep 09
And did you learn anything new for Spain?
"It's difficult to say but the car felt really good again and I always enjoy driving on tarmac. For sure there's a lot to learn but hopefully I picked up something extra that will add to the experience from previous years. The fact is last year the car also felt very good before the rally but we ended up being a little bit behind Citroen once it started. This time I'll try to be a little bit cautious now and wait to see how we go when the rally starts."
Last year you and Jari-Matti Latvala both struggled with understeer in Spain. Is that cured?
"The car felt good at the test, I think better again, but it's [understeer] always been little bit our problem, so we'll see."
What do you think about Petter joining the Citroen Junior team for GB?
"Well, I'm sure that Citroen are trying to do all they can to get the maximum help. If Petter gets used to the car he can be pretty fast and he could be there, helping them."
You're five points ahead of Sebastien with two rallies to go. What's your strategy for Spain?
"I think that if there are no mistakes the fight is going to go to GB anyway. But Sebastien has always been strong in Spain and I expect he will be again this year. So I think there's enough of a fight for me just to try and get second place. That's what I'll try to do. Eight points would help me a lot for GB, but it's going to be a very hard thing to do against Sordo, Sebastien Ogier and now Petter who's helping Citroen as well. So there's going to be lots of fighting to do, but I hope I'll have the speed to fight for the second place."
You and Sebastien have won Rally GB once before. How confident would you feel if the title came down to a straight fight between you both there in October?
"I would feel confident. I could challenge him and we could have a good fight like we did in Finland and in Australia. Victory could go either way but it would be a fight I would be looking forward to."