Mikko Hirvonen on being under pressure on home turf: “Hopefully we will have the speed to fight the Volkswagens but certainly it’s going to be tough. There’s nothing really special coming technically, so I have to try and step on it a bit harder. We just have to take a bit more risk - try to push a bit more - and keep it on the road…”
…and what he can do to help Citroen in the manufacturers’ battle: “I think we need to focus on that goal. Sure, the team is 46 points behind, but there are still 258 points up for grabs. If we are going to close the gap, we can’t be content to finish second or third place; we need to win races.”
Mads Ostberg on his fresh start: “I’m trying to think of the second half as a new season, a chance to start again. I need to reset and forget everything that’s happened. It’s been a rally that’s never been perfect for me but it’s always tight, there’s always a big fight and normally more than two drivers fighting for the same position. We need to be there in the fight, pushing as hard as we can.”
Sebastien Ogier on why he will charge from the off: “Now we are ready to attack as we have enough lead in the Championship and we have been going through the rough gravel events. Now we start into more smooth rallies. I go to Finland with only one goal!"
Jari-Matti Latvala on Finland’s 100mph plus jumps: “You have to hit the ideal line in order to achieve the perfect jump or drift. The braking points before and after are also very important. You have to hit the majority of jumps at full throttle. And if you want to win, you sometimes have to give 105 per cent.”
…and on battling his team-mate: “It’s going to be exciting! I have really a good feeling for Rally Finland because the car feels very good and I’m having a good confidence. For sure Ogier is the man of the pace at the moment. He is strong in every condition. We need to have a perfect rally if we want to win.”