On the eve of a three-day, season-ending Rally of Great Britain, Mikko Hirvonen stands as the current leader of the 2009 World Rally Championship thanks to a single-point advantage on his experienced rival, Sebastien Loeb
However, despite being on the verge of potentially
winning his maiden WRC crown this Sunday when the rally concludes, the Finn insists he has not been feeling any real pressure, but is rather excitedly looking forward to this weekend's down-to-the-wire title fight.
"I just can't wait to get started tomorrow," the Ford driver said. "I think I need to go to a doctor and check my head because I am not panicking at all. Something must be wrong up there!"
Hirvonen must finish the rally ahead of Loeb, regardless of their overall positions. His co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen recently described the situation as an 'all-or-nothing' affair.
"That's the only way it can be now," Hirvonen agreed.
"It is the last rally of the championship with only one point between us so there is nothing else to do!"
Between his eagerness to get on with the racing and the concentration he has applied to the challenge ahead, the Finn has not been spending too much time in visualising himself as a world champion.
"For sure it has been on my mind," Hirvonen shared. "But then again when people say the first world title will change your life, I say well I haven't won it yet. There are still three days to go and then we will know better."