WRC – O. Tänak: “This Energy Stage became a little bit ‘Sweden-spec’ “

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Transcript of the put up-tournament press convention organised by the FIA for the 2019 Wales Rally GB.

2019 Wales Rally GB - Ott Tänak & Martin Järveoja

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Most contemporary:

1st Ott Tänak (EST), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Crew

1st Martin Järveoja (EST), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Crew

2nd Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Crew

2nd Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Crew

third Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Citroën Total World Rally Crew

third Julien Ingrassia (FRA), Citroën Total World Rally Crew

Tommi Mäkinen, Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Crew

Q:

Ott, this sizable weekend capability you would also bewitch the championship in Spain. Elated?

OT:

Of direction I’m happy. It’s been an intense weekend, competitors-inspiring. I made a diminutive mistake in the very first stage and misplaced 9 seconds. It didn’t gape too evil, but taking a gape back now, each and every stage had gaps in actual fact diminutive and to have any time back became tough. It’s continuously a pronounce. In a style, I’m happy. I made no more errors and came back slowly, slowly. Yesterday I didn’t bewitch any [forest] stage and no longer on Friday, supreme about a we had been upright fixed.

Q:

That Energy Stage looked like a wild gallop…

OT:

Perhaps it became no longer supreme. It became raining moderately carefully at the starting up, the grip became low and I had to derive some enhance from the freeway facet. Perhaps it became a little bit Sweden-spec, but indirectly, it paid the invoice and we’re happy.

Q:

How end you in actual fact feel going to Spain?

OT:

Total, I’m feeling real. We lunge to Spain and we comprehend it’s maybe a little bit tricky on the indispensable day as we’ll be opening the freeway. It continuously is reckoning on the climate. Last year, we saw it became easy to derive some rain there and this can also trade the game. On the performance facet, I maintain we are real and we can bewitch the combat. Of direction, we are taking a gape ahead.

Q:

Martin, it became rather intense and prolonged days accessible?

MJ:

Yeah, short nights, let’s convey. It became a in actual fact real weekend for us but on the opposite hand, it became moderately tough and onerous to abilities it. You below no circumstances know the grip stage and let’s convey, there became hundreds sideway driving. In the kill, it went in actual fact effectively. Thirty components is a proper weekend.

Q:

How did the Energy Stage in actual fact feel out of your seat?

MJ:

Adore Ott acknowledged, it became like in Sweden, maybe.

Q:

Any changes to the preparations for Spain?

MJ:

Tranquil we desire to end our job. If we end our job as we can end, I maintain everything can be OK.

Q:

Thierry: 2d bother and sizable tempo here. How end you in actual fact feel?

TN:

I wished the bewitch. I wished it as effectively to aid the hopes and my title potentialities excessive. As you would also watch, we’ve had a little bit little bit of difficulties in the outlet day. We misplaced six seconds in the morning loop, which became no longer a drama but in the afternoon, we doubtlessly didn’t purchase the pretty tyres – we did no longer derive the tyres we requested for and this price us some time previous regulation and one other eight seconds. We had been in a bother to proceed fighting with Ott except the kill, even though catching 10 seconds back would had been tough. He did a supreme job, no errors – this became what we had been hoping for. In the kill, P2 for us and no longer many Energy Stage components – we obtained the interrogate from the team to aid our bother and be real.

Q:

What end you mean, you didn’t derive the tyres you requested for?

TN:

We ended up more soft than we requested for, clearly there became an interior mistake, which is in a bother to happen. It shouldn’t on the opposite hand it will probably. We took three soft and two medium and we wanted to bewitch four soft and one medium. We misplaced 11 more components to Ott. But we can watch that now that Toyota has modified the rear waft, we are noteworthy nearer again – they devise no longer appear to be flying again like they had been earlier than and we are proud of that.

Q:

The components gap has grown, that’s no longer real…

TN:

Of direction, we are upset but that’s the challenge now. We desire to handle that on the next rally. The bustle has been there on the supreme couple of occasions. We’re effectively ready for Spain, that’s indubitably a tough tournament starting up third on the indispensable day. It would be OK if it stays dry. Confidently we bewitch bigger than 12 components from Ott to aid our hopes alive.

Q:

Nicolas, you’ve role some sizable instances – how frustrated had been you now to not observe that gap pass?

NG:

It’s a tough challenge. On the one hand facet, I’m very ecstatic with the tempo we own proven, we had been on the restrict all weekend, but on the opposite hand it became no longer sufficient. What more can also we end? I’m very pleased.

Q:

How’s your preparation for Spain?

NG:

It’s indispensable, I own my capability to arrange for the rally upfront and I’m moderately happy how I’m doing that. I will no longer trade anything else, but for obvious, I shield centered to abet Thierry to end our purpose.

Q:

Sébastien, you would also own given it everything to reach house third. How end you in actual fact feel?

SO:

Being on the rostrum is below no circumstances a evil thing. It’s no longer a evil weekend. I had the feeling I gave it all in the car. I became continuously shedding a little little bit of time. In the kill, we are no longer some distance off, but too some distance to shield before my rivals. I will be capable to’t be in actual fact happy referring to the end result, but hats off to Ott and Toyota. It’s no longer a proper pass for the championship, to be 28 components back with two rounds earlier than the kill. But mathematically, it’s peaceable conceivable. We are in a position to aid fighting and watch if we can derive it back heading in the correct course.

Q:

Next up is Spain and Tarmac… We saw in Germany that there could be peaceable some work to be done.

SO:

It became rather obvious that we had been some distance off the tempo in Germany, so we own moderately a sizable take a look at this week. It’s indispensable, it’s our supreme probability to be on this combat – we need each and every little bit of enchancment with regards to tempo. We own some real tips, already I made a diminutive force in Paris and we stumbled on some diminutive instructions but we desire to substantiate them in the take a look at. And this can also introduced us back heading in the correct course. We would favor everything to aid this combat alive – let’s watch what we discover out.

Q:

Sounds sure?

SO:

I’m continuously sure.

Q:

Had been you on the restrict in the Energy Stage?

SO:

A little of bit over it. I cannot carry that force in your complete weekend and any capability Ott beat us – I took each and every exertion I will also and he’s peaceable in entrance. We desire to be even better and derive some more tempo if we in actual fact are attempting to pronounce him.

Q:

Julien, how end you in actual fact feel, you’ve pushed so onerous and likewise you’re all so shut…

JI:

I maintain we are all on the same stage. All as soon as more, these had been intense days. Seb acknowledged everything referring to the game, we peaceable own a possibility and we are in a position to strive to prefer it. We all know GB is no longer the top probably, you derive chased by the police in your complete day, or no longer it’s indispensable to managed tight freeway sections and address moderately involving stages. That is a proper mix of emotions.

Q:

Chased by the police?

JI:

We obtained a message [from the organisers] asserting: “Don’t end anything else otherwise it’s probably you’ll lunge to detention heart…” We all agree we must admire the opposite customers of the freeway, but as soon as in a while I own the feeling to be a rabbit and no longer a co-driver.

Q:

Seb what own you ever done to be chased by the police?

SO:

No doubt nothing!


JI:

Every competitor obtained reminded.

OT:

There became a myth, they wanted to have example of a top driver, to construct them in the cuffs. Perhaps that’s a little bit negative, but clearly we respected the opposite freeway customers.

Q:

Tommi, you’ve closed the gap to Hyundai, how end you in actual fact feel?

TM: It became a in actual fact sizable end result. Gargantuan work in direction of your complete weekend below sizable stress. With this tournament is coming bigger stress, two more rallies to pass [in the] combat for the title and it’s sizable performance. I’d convey no errors at all… plus additionally that we own this unusual rear waft which doesn’t allow us to waft away anymore and peaceable he became very performing very effectively – an even better performance from Ott.

Q:

How end you handle that manufacturer combat?

TM:

In the kill, it doesn’t trade anything else – we are doing based entirely entirely on the belief role a in point of fact prolonged time ago. We end some pre-tournament take a look at for Spain and preparation we own done and now we proceed and we’re confident it all works effectively. We end our most efficient to make the automobiles without any unreliability.

Q:

Any news on Ott’s signature on a contract?

TM:

I hope we can reveal quickly the attach we are and what the prolonged bolt holds in the next years. I’m rather confident.

Q:

Soon, earlier than Spain?

TM:

I hope so. I hope, but finally there are about a commence questions. We’re no longer in the form of bolt yet. If you happen to gape at the calendar, we peaceable own some time except Monte Carlo.

OT:

I own a speech. That is nothing non-public referring to the fellows, I own sizable admire for them. For the pretty sport in the kill and, I assume, we all know what became the diminutive subject this weekend referring to the chicane. Of direction, it didn’t trade anything else, but I don’t know, upright to steer determined of any roughly outlandish things in the kill, I maintain it would possibly be tremendous to aid the game pretty and steer determined of all roughly politics. We had a in actual fact same roughly event about a months ago and we obtained a penalty and punished. It became the very same – following the roadbook and no punishment. Swish for the pretty play, nothing towards the opposite guys. Either we end it the total time or we don’t end it at all.

SO:

I deserve to speak one thing as effectively. Initially, we followed the freeway guide because there became supreme one bale. We weren’t unhealthy in the freeway guide. For me, the supreme is: don’t strive to have things no longer determined. This chicane made no sense at all anyway. It became over a flying compose the attach we came with low bustle after which onto a prolonged straight, so why build bale at the back of the compose line? That is unnecessary at all. And have it more determined to be precisely obvious these bales are like freeway guide. That is the challenge with the bales, they’re continuously going to pass. Exercise the baled when they’re wanted for the safety – that’s in actual fact indispensable. But when it’s no longer wanted for safety, there’s no desire to make use of them will own to you don’t know what’s going to happen and make, like Ott says, a challenge which shouldn’t be there. For me, I own continuously been fighting for pretty sport for every person and these roughly things, I don’t know, you desire to be more strict referring to the capability you attach your bales here and be obvious they retain the same for every person. On this case, will own to you is seemingly to be trying to dead us down, don’t even commence the door that you would also slice and that’s it.

OT:

It became the very same myth in Argentina. Don’t commence a attach the attach you would also slice. It became additionally no longer determined in the freeway guide and we obtained the penalty. It became marked in the freeway guide. 9 drivers in the pretty course and three drivers no longer. That’s the capability it is. In that capability, Sébastien is pretty, these things are very advanced and, I don’t know, to steer determined of these things in the kill I maintain somebody needs to be more strict with these things. It’s upright unnecessary stress. And I maintain we don’t need this in the game.

TN:

I don’t in actual fact own lot of conception. For me, it became rather straightforward, I brake as I wished to bewitch my corner and all of sudden the corner wasn’t there. In the kill, I derive out that there became peaceable a diminutive bale, on the opposite hand it capability we checked in the freeway guide and it reveals one diminutive bale so we own done nothing unhealthy. I agree with Seb that there are better alternatives for fixing things like this, there became no volunteer (will?) of any individual to fail to see that little corner and there became no time abolish enthusiastic, so I don’t in actual fact watch the point. But, for obvious, here’s a discussion. There are better alternatives and let’s derive one. We discover a more in-depth answer – they’re practically the same in most rallies. It’s no longer a sizable subject and at the kill, it doesn’t trade the outcomes of the rally.


FIA WRC 2 PRO CHAMPIONSHIP

Most contemporary:

1st Kalle Rovanperä (FIN), Škoda Motorsport

1st Jonne Halttunen (FIN), Škoda Motorsport

Q:

Yet every other bewitch here, but reveal me about that championship?

KR:

Yeah, it’s been a tremendous season. In the foundation, it became moderately tough, on the opposite hand it obtained better. The title became what I tried to derive and I’m happy to derive it here.

Q:

What a incompatibility a year makes from will own to you had been here supreme season?

KR:

There’s been plenty of enchancment from our facet, that’s for obvious, but this year, the rally became a little bit hundreds of. We had more rain and additionally, the competitors on Friday, the others had some evil luck – it will probably had been tremendous combat.

Q:

What became the supreme moment of the year?

KR:

I don’t know. It’s moderately tough to call to mind one. Driving with Petter!

Q:

Attain you would also own real reminiscences of Petter?

PS:

Contemplate what you convey now!

 

KR:

I became moderately younger, I don’t be conscious so noteworthy – but Petter has pushed as soon as in a while nowadays – tremendous guy!

Q:

Where end we watch you next year – any truth in these rumours you’ll step up to a FIA World Rally Car?

KR:

Not yet, no longer any truth in them, we are in a position to study now after this rally or Spain – we are in a position to study.

Q:

No doubt feel ready for the step up?

KR:

You is seemingly to be below no circumstances entirely ready, we desire to learn this additionally, again. It’s a particular car, but I maintain I will also be ready after this season. We are in a position to study.

Q:

Jonne, are you pleased?

JH:

Yeah, we are below no circumstances no longer pleased if we bewitch. You ask about next year for Kalle – but first he goes to the Finnish navy next week!

KR:

It’s the [National] Provider I deserve to pass. It’s obligatory, I deserve to end it.

Q:

Possess you ever done it, Jonne?

JH:

Yes, 10 years ago.

Q:

Was as soon as it no longer easy?

JH:

It became. This expose day, it’s moderately easy!

Q:

Jonne, how’s the weekend been?

JH:

It became moderately tremendous. It became one in all the supreme, the aim became to bewitch, but many folks had complications. We pushed on Friday after which tried now to not have any errors. Kalle did rather effectively.


FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Most contemporary:

1st Petter Solberg (NOR)

1st Phil Mills (GBR)

Q:

Petter, how became that? A bewitch to complete your Farewell Tour…

PS:

It became in actual fact real fun! Thursday evening became moderately involving, on the opposite hand it looked in actual fact real. However the enjoyment for me and Phil and your complete team became phenomenal. We had been having hundreds of thoughts on how we would force and abilities it – that became hundreds of compared to the early days. It became an magnificent rally with plenty of folks on the freeway. Phil became telling me the tempo-notes supreme, he has the bright narrate – at your stage Becs. But to derive it into my head and in actual fact end it, it takes a little bit little bit of time, I must convey. You’re going to own to force more on the total so as to assault at as soon as.

Q:

We heard you talking about struggling for self assurance a little bit bit. No doubt?

PS:

That became no longer any bull***. It became real. I had to carry my stage to upright aid it sufficient and shield real. It labored out effectively, it became very shut at instances with [Pierre-Louis] Loubet and [Tom] Cave. I became in actual fact real fun. I assumed we had real aid watch over over them, upright… that’s sufficient.

Q:

Any sizzling moments?

PS:

Not a single one!

PM:

Simplest one.

PS:

You thought it became. It wasn’t for me, below no circumstances! We had been upright a little bit sideways on his facet. It became rather real, the car, no errors, the car became real.

Q:

The supreme farewell tournament?

PS:

The full year had been supreme. Goodwood, the Norwegian hill climb, the total things I won. My first rally became here in 2002 and a success this weekend in FIA WRC 2 is additionally a sizable ending of a proper myth – particular person that finished severely better than I expected. I will end whatever I need now, I will play and own fun and forestall some hundreds of things. I own some dreams.

Q:

Any it’s probably you’ll own to portion?

PS:

With you? That can be like telling Hi there. I need the supreme for the WRC, it’s rising and getting very sizable, are attempting to abet the game in the kill.

Q:

Mr Mills congratulations – unbelievable to shut the door on rallying with bewitch back in GB?

PM:

Completely. We’ve had so many real instances in the previous. It’s sizable to be back. We had a diminutive approach trade on Saturday afternoon. I wasn’t in actual fact conscious of it, but we quickly obtained to grips with it. We’ve had a ball. I will’t maintain we’re here to be honest, sizable time.

Q:

Things upright clicked?

PM:

Yeah, I don’t know the intention many years since our supreme honest tournament together…

 

PS:

I maintain we did Condroz…

PM:

Yeah, one thing in Belgium. It’s no longer like leaping on a bike again, more like leaping in a recce car. We didn’t put together the notes, we upright obtained on with it. It became upright industry as traditional.

PS:

Phil hasn’t modified at all, no, no, no.

Q:

Same for you, Phil?

PM:

Yeah, the same, industry as traditional.


FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Most contemporary:

1st Jan Solans (ESP)

1st Mauro Barreiro (ESP)

Q:

Jan, 2019 has been your year. How does it in actual fact feel?

JS:

I in actual fact feel so proud how the season has been. We started in Sweden with out a longer plenty of abilities and everything unusual for me. I own realized a lot and things own improved going faster and faster this season and one other bewitch here in Wales.

Q:

Was as soon as it nerve-racking managing the time?

JS:

We had an mountainous combat with Denis and Tom. Sadly, that combat ended early for Denis, then it became me and Tom pushing so onerous. Tom made a mistake on Saturday, I became in a comfortable lead. My main purpose became bewitch this to the kill.

Q:

How had been the nerves?

JS:

It’s no longer easy to force a rally car on this challenge. It’s more uncomplicated will own to you is seemingly to be pushing. You is seemingly to be pondering plenty of things in the midst of the stage. But now, I deserve to thank the household, the federation, the total these which own supported me and helped me with the probability to combat for these titles. I are attempting to speak thanks to the Spanish Federation – I won this prize supreme year in Spain. I are attempting to aid following this line now.

Q:

And next year?

JS:

Neatly, we own the car and the tyres. Let’s watch how we handle the team if we’re with M-Sport. In the next weeks, we are in a position to focus on about this.

Q:

Mauro how end you in actual fact feel?

MB:

I in actual fact feel proud for myself and Jan, we are so lucky.

Q:

Did you maintain this could well happen at commence of season?

MB:

To be honest, we below no circumstances regarded as here at the starting up of the season.

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