After finishing second to one Sebastien for the past two years in Mexico, I was determined not to follow another one home for the third year in a row last week. But the rally did not quite go to plan for Jarmo [Lehtinen, co-driver] and me.
It started well, with fastest time in qualifying, but after that we were just missing something in the fight to keep up with Sebastien Ogier. At first, we were trying to catch Mads Ostberg, who was going really well in his Fiesta. It would have been an interesting battle with him if he hadn't had his problem on Saturday morning.
But when Mads was gone, the focus for me was very clear: we had to get to the finish and we had to take points for second. We had a puncture on the final day of the second leg, which cost us two minutes and made the gap look bigger than it was.
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