I want to show that this car is ready to win.
The most important thing is that the car has taken a step forward.
We are expecting a lot and so is the team. First tests in December in Sweden and France showed us that these expectations are well reasoned. All new Focus is not only fast but incredibly reliable after such a short development.
A change always gives you an extra injection of energy and this is our first move after working seven years for Peugeot. It was a bit sad to leave the team where we have had everything in our career. We have a load of nostalgic memories from the past years. Now we face the pleasant challenge of learning the way our new team is working and to get to know all the people involved.
Peugeot, Citroen, Skoda and Mitsubishi are not competing as official manufacturer teams in the championship [this year] and that is a pity.
The conditions are awful, I hate them. I have been driving like my grandmother. Still, it's my first time out with Ford and I'm leading the Monte Carlo rally ... that's not so bad.
It was a good fight until yesterday night, Loeb was very good here. We have won this rally many times and I'm happy for that. Today we had to be cautious not to hit any stones or holes which could do damage to the car, it was not fun to drive the last stages.
I went off at the first junction and almost got stuck. I put it in first gear and full throttle and managed to not get stuck.
My speed was not fantastic, I'm not happy with that, but I'm happy with the win. I was afraid on the slicks on the snow and ice, it's not comfortable. Anything is possible on this rally.
There's no doubt, the best way to celebrate my birthday would be with champagne on the winner's podium, but we have a lot of work to do before I can think about that. I had a good feeling with the Focus WRC in the [pre-season] test and I hope to regain that during the shakedown ahead of the start on Friday.
This was the first gravel rally for me with the new Focus. We tried a number of small things. The car seems to be good, and I am happy with that, but driver mistakes are not good!
Because I made a mistake in Mexico and scored only one point, I really need to win one of the next two rallies to maintain a strong championship position.
I enjoyed the first stage a lot, I felt very comfortable driving. I'm very happy.
I was not thinking a podium was possible. I calculated I could maybe get fourth. To take six points after the problems is good.
I couldn't do much more. I knew on Friday when Sebastien had already gone 19 seconds clear that I'd find it hard to pull him back.