WRC – Rally GB – Press Conference

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Transcript of the pre-match press conference organised by the FIA for the 2019 Wales Rally GB

2019 Wales Rally GB - E. Evans / S. Martin

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

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Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Citroën Complete WRT

Kris Meeke (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Elfyn Evans (GBR) M-Sport Ford World Rally Group

Craig Breen (IRL), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

Q:

Seb, after a not most likely accumulate in Rally Turkey, you propelled your self into 2d situation in the championship. Now we head into an match which you beget gained 5 times previously – what, for you, is the approach right here? Does it now must be a accumulate?

SO:

Undoubtedly, Turkey became as soon as an even switch for us. It’s effective to be nearer and support into the battle. Coming into this rally, I imagine the tension is more on my concurrent than on myself, nonetheless composed I’d engage to be in his situation than mine. I’m composed 17 choices in the support of and that’s now not easy to take. I beget some shining document right here and I invent my easiest to continue that and private my championship alive.

Q:

What invent you private the stipulations right here?

SO:

Starting in the entrance is positively better than been extra support. If it rains, then it must be more fixed for everyone. Nonetheless it completely can turn to fog or to heavy rain and then can be very traumatic. Let’s peek what’s coming the next day to come to come. I beget most effective one guy to specialise in and that’s Ott. I know, worship at all times, he’ll birth flat-out. I know what I beget to invent, I beget to present our easiest and battle for maximum choices.

 

Q:

How became as soon as Shakedown?

SO:

No longer horrible. It’s most likely you’ll per chance per chance now not accumulate something from Shakedown, nonetheless it completely’s effective to glimpse that we’re in the pack. It became as soon as somewhat a elaborate take a look at, where we had very dry stipulations and I became as soon as per chance now not so passioned to power on the slippery stuff this morning, nonetheless that’s what we’re going to beget this week. I beget first fee tools in my hand and if issues are going successfully then I’m quite obvious I will take an even end result.

 

Q:

Elfyn, welcome support to the championship! After a three-rally damage as a result of damage, you return to your space match. Must feel shining to be support? How invent you’re feeling, bodily?

EE:

I’m fully healed and ready to switch.

Q:

Attain you’re feeling a little bit of rusty?

EE:

A chunk bit in the first paddle. It became as soon as shining an even reminder of how like a flash these vehicles are. I did a session in the R5 car in Greystoke absolute most practical week, which became as soon as gargantuan – nonetheless it completely’s now not somewhat preparation for these vehicles. I became as soon as a puny bit on edge this morning, nonetheless it completely’s magnificent now.

Q:

We now beget seen you accumulate right here in 2017 and this season, prior to the accident – has been one of your easiest to this level in terms of consistency. Can you return to maintain straight away?

EE:

It became as soon as removed from absolute most practical, what came about, nonetheless there’s nothing that you just would possibly also invent with the exception of getting support to work as rapidly as which that you just would possibly also imagine. We’re fortunate in rallying, injuries are very, very rare. You never private it will happen to you, so it’s a little bit of of a be-cautious call that it will happen to you. There became as soon as nothing I would possibly per chance per chance per chance well invent, nothing to alternate – we shining needed to accumulate on with it. Nonetheless now, I’m searching forward to the next three rallies to arrive support.

Q:

Will we peek you on the cease step of podium?

EE:

I don’t know.

Q:

Reach on! Let’s beget some combating talk…

EE:

You never know with Rally GB. Everyone right here wants to accumulate, of course they invent. Let’s peek how it performs out.

Q:

In all those months at home, did you peep something out about next year?

EE:

No…

Q:

Craig, 2d match in the Hyundai for you – how are you feeling?

CB:

It’s gargantuan to be support one more time. It’s now not somewhat so long as Sardinia (that became as soon as Evans’ absolute most practical WRC birth), nonetheless it completely’s been some time since I became as soon as support in the support of the wheel of a World Rally car. What I did in Finland became as soon as ample to merit us one other chance – it feels a little bit of worship one other interview right here! I must invent an even job for myself and invent all I will to motivate Hyundai for the manufacturers’ championship.

Q:

You talk about this being one other interview – how grand tension does that raise?

 

CB:

Whenever I accumulate in the auto now, it’s a rare opportunity for me to uncover what I will invent. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t seeking to accumulate something for next year. When the tension comes, I try to disconnect; no person’s striking a gun to my head to accumulate in the auto. My complete existence is ready this sport and it’s about taking part in this not most likely opportunity and taking advantage of this weekend.

Q:

Which is the toughest day?

CB:

Friday is tricky, starting with Elsi, which is reversed from absolute most practical year and more tricky in that direction. The stage doesn’t beget the same trek when put next to the assorted direction. Everyone right here, we’ve all performed this rally for the absolute most practical potential five, six or seven times and every person is aware of the roads on Saturday, every person is aware of programs to read the grip arrive rain, hail or shine. Nonetheless Friday, the stages are a puny bit more recent and a puny bit trickier – nonetheless composed as gorgeous.

Q:

We noticed you support off to let your team-mate thru in Finland, would you be seeking to invent the same one more time this time?

CB:

That is in all likelihood doubtlessly the most easy-case plot back for me. I’m right here to invent doubtlessly the most easy job for the team and it’s determined Thierry is the quantity 1 driver, he’s the one combating for the title. I’ll invent the whole lot I will to motivate him and the team and to investigate cross-take a look at to receive a future for myself and Paul [Nagle, co-driver].

 

Q:

This can be your 11th appearance right here in GB, Kris, and your first time with Toyota. How invent you’re feeling forward of the match?

KM:

Love Seb said, our take a look at became as soon as at a equal time: we had dirt and 22 degrees and that’s now not fashioned in Wales. Then we arrive right here this morning and it became as soon as a be-cautious call on how slippery it will seemingly be. This stage, in particular, will get somewhat polished. We can’t read too grand into Shakedown [times], nonetheless to take into account that the auto is working in tricky stipulations is shining. Let’s peek what the climate does. If it does rain, it will seemingly be more fixed and wash [the mud off] the avenue – and if the sun comes out, the grip can accumulate worse and it will seemingly be doubtlessly the most tricky.

Q:

How grand difference is there between the medium and gentle tyres right here?

KM:

I’ve bought no thought how grand difference…

SO:

No one does!

KM:

My take a look at became as soon as in dry stipulations and I will’t imagine there’s something better than gentle tyre – nonetheless then I heard Elfyn became as soon as on the medium tyre and he performed the same time as me… that you just would possibly also damage a mode of energy asking loads and making choices and never accumulate any difference.

Q:

What tyres did you make utilize of Seb?

SO:

Medium. I worship them primarily and I beget been very determined since absolute most practical year I don’t feel any construct to make utilize of gentle tyres. I gained the rally absolute most practical year utilizing most effective medium tyres. I would possibly per chance per chance per chance well also very successfully be irascible, let’s peek.

 

Q:

Any data about next year, Kris?

KM:

No longer for the moment. As far as I’m aware Toyota don’t beget any drivers for next year. Clearly Ott holds the playing cards and as soon as issues tumble into space [for him] the whole lot else will happen somewhat swiftly. Nonetheless there’s loads to battle for this year, now not most effective for Ott, there’s the manufacturers’ [championship] for Toyota as successfully.

Q:

Nonetheless you engage to must be utilizing next year?

KM:

I’d engage to be composed utilizing in 10 years’ time! I primarily revel in utilizing and, for obvious, I are seeking to be right here.


FIA WRC 2 PRO CHAMPIONSHIP

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Mads Østberg (NOR), Citroën Complete

Hayden Paddon (NZL), M-Sport Ford

Q:

Mads, right here’s your 14th birth in Wales, are you able to make utilize of that expertise this week?

MO:

I positively hope I’m feeble to the grip. It’s most likely you’ll per chance per chance’t learn this match, it modifications so grand yearly. It’s most likely you’ll per chance per chance learn what the assorted colors of gravel are worship and what to ask. From the first nook, it at all times surprises you as soon as you arrive to that first nook and there’s now not so grand grip. It became as soon as the same this morning. Nonetheless there are gargantuan smiles thru the stages and I worship that, that you just would possibly also never ask something right here all that you just would possibly also invent is tighten your belts and paddle as like a flash as can.

Q:

There’s a not most likely entry of R5 vehicles right here – it’s going to be very aggressive?

MO:

Undoubtedly. I private right here’s the ideal say and doubtlessly the most easy we’ve had in a truly, very very long time. It’s primarily effective to beget Petter [Solberg] and Oliver [Solberg] right here – it’s been a truly long time since I competed with Petter. Potentially the absolute most practical potential time became as soon as right here 15 years prior to now or something worship that!

Q:

You said you had been smartly-known individual-struck seeing Petter one more time this morning…

MO:

Yes! It’s at all times unbelievable to follow PS in his RX profession and seek him on TV. You know, after I’m seeing eminent of us from the tv then I invent accumulate a little bit of smartly-known individual-struck. It’s shining to beget him right here, he didn’t alternate at all, he’s composed speaking the total time about diffs and spring rates!

Q:

What are your hopes for this weekend?

MO:

This can be tricky for obvious. I’m somewhat joyful we beget the performed maximum we can invent with the auto. We now beget willing successfully on some primarily, primarily slippery stipulations. We now beget an opportunity to accumulate, nonetheless the less complicated it will get (with more grip), then the more subtle it is for us when put next to the assorted guys.

Q:

Hayden, shining to be support?

HP:

It doesn’t primarily feel worship it’s virtually 12 months since I became as soon as right here in the FIA WRC. All of it feels quite pure, there’s a process and we’ve long gone thru it with the recce and all that stuff. It’s shining to accumulate support in the rhythm one more time.

Q:

How’s the auto?

HP:

It’s very varied to what I’ve been doing and utilizing this year. I’ve been utilizing some very high-powered vehicles, so coming to the R5 car formulation some adjustment. The most main part right here is ready serving to M-Sport to save the Fiesta and making ready ourselves for transferring forward.

Q:

Here’s going to be one of doubtlessly the most aggressive rallies of the season for R5 – what are your possibilities?t

HP:

It’s going to be quite tricky for us this weekend. The utilizing fashion and the notes very varied [in an R5 car]. It would possibly per chance per chance well also very successfully be more subtle to power than the World Rally Automobile. It’s about what you’re feeble to? I’ve most effective performed three rallies, so I want time in the auto and to accumulate ready for Australia.

Q:

What are the probabilities of a elephantine-time return to FIA WRC next year?

HP:

I’ve bought to be practical though now. With Unique-Zealand support on the 2020 WRC calendar, I’m engaged on a dinky programme building up to that, that’s the aim. There are dinky seats in the WRC now with these younger guys coming thru.


FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

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Petter Solberg (NOR)

Oliver Solberg (NOR)

Q:

Petter, welcome support! Now, thunder us, why did you contain Wales for your Farewell Tour?

PS:

There are a mode of reasons. The history right here will not be most likely and having Phil [Mills] in the seat at all times makes it special. And I met Pernilla [Solberg’s wife] in Rally GB as successfully. This rally is frequently very special – now not shining as a result of the victories, nonetheless it completely’s the total fans and the of us which beget appreciation for this muddy, wet match. It’s been primarily shining fun with the Farewell Tour, with a mode of assorted issues this year, nonetheless right here’s my first rally since Spain [last year]. I’m primarily searching forward to it.

Q:

And shining to fragment this moment with Oliver?

 

PS:

It became as soon as searching a little bit of shadowy when he failed his written [driving] take a look at absolute most practical week. I stayed in the workshop till 01: 00, I didn’t are seeking to switch home! He became as soon as very upset. He went to the sauna, then for a shower and has been reading his utilizing e book loads. The utilizing take a look at went OK and then he did the written take a look at in the afternoon. I became as soon as searching forward to a cell phone call, nonetheless there became as soon as nothing. Then Pernilla called and she or he said: “Oh Petter, he failed one more time!”. She became as soon as joking, nonetheless the truth is, I became as soon as on the floor in the factory! He bought the licence, nonetheless this became as soon as a gargantuan tension for him to beget this rally in the thought. To power the absolute most practical potential one collectively, it formulation loads.

Q:

Can you exit with a accumulate?

PS:

For obvious, the whole lot is which that you just would possibly also imagine. I haven’t driven Rally GB since 2012 and I had a 45km take a look at on Monday and that’s it. It’s now not so easy to arrive support support, Phil has a not most likely recount and that side is all perfect, nonetheless you will need self perception to attack. If I can be high six, I can be very joyful. I’m more frightened for Oliver. You arrive to this age and also you engage to beget your kids to invent successfully. All I want is a orderly paddle – I’m right here for a ramification of reasons, now not primarily the . I are seeking to revel in it. I beget the sponsors, family and a mode of of us and Oliver has to learn. We peek what happens, of us can invent mistake – even I will invent mistakes!

Q:

What’s been doubtlessly the most easy moment Petter?

PS:

It’s so many issues. I private when Oliver became as soon as born and I became as soon as in Unique Zealand on the airplane support home. Oliver became as soon as born three months too early, nonetheless he came and I became as soon as celebrating with Tommi Makinen on the airplane and Juha Kankkunen became as soon as on the floor in the airplane! I became as soon as frightened worship excited to glimpse how it would possibly per chance per chance well paddle alongside with him. Over the years this epic is per chance the strongest feeling for me – a couple of years prior to now, it can be all motorsport, nonetheless now I beget modified a little bit of and family is crucial for me.

Q:

Oliver, welcome to the WRC. You’ve had a gargantuan season already, change into the youngest ever FIA ERC winner. How’s the feeling, are you frightened?

OS:

Useless to direct there are some nerves. I beget performed some races this year, a hit in Estonia (R5 in Rally Estonia) and at all times the ERC paddle accumulate became as soon as special.

Q:

Were you skittish referring to the utilizing take a look at?

OS:

No, now not primarily… primarily yes! I never practiced for a take a look at so grand in my existence, two weeks, day-in-day-out and I failed with one single demand.

Q:

What became as soon as the demand?

OS:

I don’t are seeking to undergo in mind. I purchased one other paddle and handed!

Q:

And what about this say?

OS:

It’s gargantuan. To learn the mud and the whole lot, it’s gargantuan. I beget never driven this floor, nonetheless a majority of those stage traits are connected to The United States – the floor, the mud and gravel can be a gargantuan, gargantuan say.

Q:

How impressed are you to compete right here with the family history?

OS:

My grandfather raced right here and Dad gained the WRC World Championship right here and right here’s one of my favourite rallies. Here’s one rally I primarily wanted to birth out. It’s a dream arrive shining to be right here with Hayden Paddon and Mads, I beget at all times regarded up to them. It’s very emotional and a groovy feeling.

Q:

What are you able to invent this week?

OS:

This paddle is shining to learn, to accumulate expertise of a truly varied rally to any varied. I are seeking to celebrate, private it easy, private the expertise, now not private any risks and peek how it goes.


FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

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Tom Kristensson (SWE)

Jan Solans (SPA)

Dennis Rådström (SWE)

Tom Williams (GBR)

Q:

Tom, you gained the first round in Sweden. How invent you’re feeling on this sizable weekend. Are you frightened?

TK:

Here’s my first time in Junior WRC for me. I said it became as soon as a finding out year for me, and it’s been a gargantuan success to this level. It’s been over what I expected. For obvious I are seeking to invent my hang easiest, the feeling is gargantuan – I beget some gargantuan memories from the season. I are seeking to revel in the stages and the rally, and it will seemingly be edifying on the cease. I will invent all I will to accumulate, nonetheless it completely’s been a gargantuan year.

Q:

What invent you private the stages will they suit you?

TK:

Everyone said Sweden is my home rally, nonetheless right here’s my 2d home rally and I private more at home on this rally! We want to raise away from the punctures and then I revel in the flowing stages that I worship.

Q:

Did you private any advice?

TK:

Yeah for obvious. I relate to a mode of of us to be as successfully-willing as which that you just would possibly also imagine. There beget been some shining pointers I didn’t private prior to, nonetheless I private these to myself!

Q:

Jan, how are you feeling as a title contender?

JS:

A chunk bit frightened, as that you just would possibly also imagine. All the issues can be made up our minds on Sunday. We want to invent our easiest and investigate cross-take a look at to achieve this title.

Q:

The rest can happen right here…

 

JS:

Yeah, there are 72 choices to accumulate. Denis has a terribly shining chance to battle for the title, nonetheless we specialise in ourselves to concentrate in these muddy stages.

Q:

Own you ever been bowled over on the problem?

JS:

No longer in the recce, I noticed the stages on the video at home. Nonetheless on the Shakedown, I became as soon as bowled over how slippery and how like a flash that you just would possibly also paddle – that you just would possibly also accumulate shining grip from right here.

Q:

Has your brother Nil given you any advice?

JS:

He is aware of programs to invent it. He became as soon as the FIA Junior World Champion two years prior to now. I are seeking to direct thanks to him. I instructed him what I private and private in the auto and we’re both making an even team. We now beget performed a terribly shining job and let’s try to be in doubtlessly the most easy which that you just would possibly also imagine formulation.

Q:

Denis, we’ve seen a total bunch consistency from you this year, how grand of an opportunity of the title invent you beget?

DR:

Somewhat gargantuan! It’s effective in this championship, we beget been somewhat like a flash thru the rallies. The mindset is to be like a flash early in the rally and then private going.

Q:

How beget you ever willing for the rally?

DR:

We need cash to power the rally, nonetheless we bought a free opportunity to invent a rally in Slovenia and we beget some kilometres from checking out in Wales. We invent a mode of onboard work as successfully. We drove loads prior to this rally.

Q:

Denis, you’re all pals in FIA Junior WRC nonetheless now talk over with every varied?

DR:

I private I’m more aloof now…

Q:

Tom, right here’s your space match, how invent you predict this one?

TW:

Useless to direct this can be primarily tricky, it’s all arrive the full fashion down to this rally – it’s so unpredictable, there are such a whole lot of choices. It’ll be a terribly gargantuan battle on a truly gargantuan match.

Q:

What’s your mindset?

TW:

It’s been a tough season, on this one I shining are seeking to raise the tension up with these guys – we’re seeking to invent doubtlessly the most easy we can and peek what we can invent in opposition to those guys.

Q:

Any data on the future?

TW:

It’s a tough resolution. This would possibly per chance per chance also revolve round funds, nonetheless we beget to switch to four-wheel power rapidly. Nonetheless we also must power the doors off a two-wheel power car. We peek these youthful guys stepping into four-wheel drove – we beget to invent rapidly.

Q:

Has it been delicious?

TW:

Hugely delicious. The FIA Junior WRC is the steepest finding out curve and also that you just would possibly also very successfully be up in opposition to doubtlessly the most easy younger drivers round. It’s shining to accumulate the 2d per kilometres down.

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