You rejoined Citroën Racing at the start of the year. How do you feel the last few weeks have gone?
“Obviously, things went much better in Monte-Carlo than in Sweden. It was fantastic to be a part of the Citroën family again for the start of the championship. In fact, it was almost as if I hadn’t been away! The rally went well and we finished on the podium, so I couldn’t have hoped for a better result for my first race back with the team. Things were more complicated in Sweden, as I didn’t make it to the end. But I still learned a lot of things. My understanding of how the Citroën DS3 WRC works is getting better all the time.”
It’s as if you never left, but your state of mind seems to have changed in the last two years. You seem more aggressive…
“I have started 100 WRC rallies since 2003, but I have yet to win. I want to put this right. I don’t want to become obsessed by it, but this is my personal goal for the year! To achieve this, I have to keep working relentlessly in order to improve. I had my first outing in the DS3 WRC on gravel in testing a few days ago, which enabled me to get an idea of its handling, although the weather conditions were closer to what you might expect in Great Britain than Mexico! Now, it’s time to get on with the race.”
You have spent the majority of your racing career with Sébastien Loeb as a team-mate. What do you think this first rally without him will be like?
“Well, I hope that the team won’t spend the whole weekend crying! (laughs) It will undoubtedly be a little bit strange, but I know that the people here are very professional and that they will be focussed on the rally itself. This change gives us more responsibility and we’ll have to step up to the plate. I don’t think anyone can replace Seb, but we’ll be doing everything in our power to ensure Citroën stays ahead of its rivals.”