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Transcript of the pre-tournament press convention organised by the FIA for the 2019 Rally de España

2019 WRC - Rally de Espana - O. Tänak / M. Järveoja

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Latest:

Ott Tänak (EST), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Citroën Total WRT

Dani Sordo (ESP), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

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

Q:

Ott, Spain marks the principle opportunity for you to seal the championship title. Protect shut the tournament and likewise you develop into champion. That’s straight forward for us to command it. Does this truth alternate the rest in your come? What’s the mindset? Are there any nerves?

OT:

Certainly, there are nerves. There will be in most of these eventualities. This provides me extra motivation to terminate effectively. It would be an intense weekend. Seb and Thierry will positively be pushing as laborious as they are able to. We’re going to glean a arrangement to answer. For definite, it is a long way time to make.

Q:

Any changes to your preparations? To any extent extra watching of films? Dangle you accomplished the rest otherwise? Or has it been exactly the the same?

OT:

I don’t judge we could per chance like to terminate the rest assorted. Now we possess gained six events this Three hundred and sixty five days already. We’re going to glean a arrangement to possess to protect doing the the same as we possess accomplished to this level. I am definite it’ll be a battle. We saw that in Wales. We had been combating with Meeke on every stage and we needed to push laborious. I don’t perceive this being any assorted.

Q:

As you stated, six wins this Three hundred and sixty five days. That could per chance per chance be a astonishing flee. Do that you just must gawk befriend, possess you ever been delighted with this season and the fashion that you just have conducted?

OT:

For definite, it has been higher than last Three hundred and sixty five days. Solely the 2nd Three hundred and sixty five days in the unusual team and we possess extra skills. Last Three hundred and sixty five days turned into as soon as positively extra subtle. We protect enhancing but we protect having reliability factors. That’s something that’s keeping us befriend and has been the toughest for us. In any other case, the performance and the trudge has been there. The reinforce has been factual from the team, so I feel we possess accomplished a factual job this Three hundred and sixty five days.

Q:

No signature on a contract yet… Is it merely the principle take care of the Drivers’ title that’s inflicting the prolong or are there assorted reasons?

OT:

Adore in the summertime, I will tell I turned into as soon as working a chunk extra on the future years. Nonetheless now I are attempting and position it a chunk on the side and in truth take care of the championship. It’s a long way effectively the priority for me for the time being. I merely wish to procure this job accomplished and construct obvious that that I am in most intriguing shape and the mindset is ready. The rest isn’t so valuable.

Q:

Seb, 2nd feature in the Championship and an extensive weekend in prospect. You’ll need enormous facets on the board to protect up the title battle alive heading to Australia. You never stop. An all-or-nothing come?

SO:

Sprint, somewhat necessary. I judge that is the fashion we could per chance like to come the rally. I cherished to listen to that Ott has been feeling a chunk because he never exhibits the rest. I do know that he’s a usual particular person in usual life but every so step by step, you are going to be starting up to trouble if he has any feelings or if he is a machine (he laughs). It looks to be love he has. He is in a factual feature for the time being and I am definite he’ll terminate doubtlessly the most productive to protect up an eye on his automobile. Anyway, this weekend we could per chance like to pass for all-or-nothing.

Q:

Are you feeling the rigidity for the Championship. What terminate you watched?

SO:

I without a doubt don’t know. I feel I without a doubt possess necessary extra to lose. Now we cannot tell that we possess the problem in our hands. In rally, the rest can occur. There are easy 60 facets in play. Even supposing our likelihood is shrimp, they’re easy actual. It arrangement we could per chance like to terminate the entirety we perhaps can to play.

Q:

Things had been not going your arrangement on the last tarmac tournament. Do you watched there has been development with the performance of the Citroën C3 on tarmac?

SO:

Without a doubt. On tarmac we possess been working laborious. We had been nowhere in Germany. That’s apparent. I am delighted to command that we possess stepped forward. I cannot tell it is a long way enough. The price turned into as soon as necessary higher in the test. I will in the slay fiddle with the automobile. That’s positively going to befriend me be sooner. We’re going to glean a arrangement to hope to befriend unless Saturday to search out that and, forward of that, we possess a a will must possess day the next day where, on the overall, the largest variations occur. We want to affirm for a high consequence. I don’t know whether it is a long way doable but I in truth wish to search out a solution to developing it possible.

Q:

After we had been waiting to search out where you had been going subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days, I turned into as soon as placing a total bunch rigidity on you. Seeing as Ott in my view, where is he going subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days?

SO:

You in truth prefer me to enable you to know? I could per chance never be ready to resolution this question. Adore most of you, I am considerably a good deal surprised that the decision is taking goodbye, but it absolutely needs to be for factual reasons. At the pause of the day, we can glean out very soon. 2020 is coming soon.

Q:

Dani, gigantic to listen to that we are going to be seeing you compete with Hyundai again subsequent season. A reduction to possess the deal accomplished and to be coming befriend in 2020?

DS:

Sprint, indubitably, I am delighted to continue one Three hundred and sixty five days extra rally with the championship and these guys. I uncover it irresistible with this team. I am delighted with the automobile. It has extra performance in most cases.

 

Q:

You seem so as to jump befriend in the automobile and suppose spectacular stage occasions?

DS:

This Three hundred and sixty five days, I feel we possess delivered factual performances from our twin carriageway feature. I am delighted the arrangement in which it is a long way working.

Q:

The Manufacturers’ Championship is extraordinarily thrilling with merely eight facets keeping apart leaders Hyundai from Toyota. Do you are going to be feeling that extra rigidity to be on high form this weekend?

DS:

I could per chance glean to command no, but yes! Every person wants to terminate a factual job to suppose the Manufacturers’ title. It’s a long way well-known for us. I will are attempting and prevent my most productive. I judge we possess a extremely sturdy team. For the time being we are in entrance.

Q:

Elfyn, a welcome return to competition in Wales and befriend on competitive form precise away. Initially, had been you considerably a good deal surprised that there turned into as soon as no ‘rust’ for your using and what terminate you are going to be feeling you are going to construct right here?

EE:

There turned into as soon as a cramped bit. At the originate of the Shakedown, let’s tell it wasn’t the usual feeling. I turned into as soon as delighted with the feeling in Wales but, unfortunately, we had a mistake that ended our affirm for the stay consequence. Nonetheless it absolutely turned into as soon as factual to be befriend on the lunge.

Q:

We saw a factual consequence from you last Three hundred and sixty five days on a split surface tournament. You regarded as if it would adapt somewhat mercurial to the change from gravel to tarmac. Are you hoping to be on the podium this time around?

EE:

That’s continuously the just. The auto has been working effectively on both surfaces. I am having a see forward to seeing what we can terminate.

Q:

That you just would possibly merely possess had a factual season, despite having to take a seat out some events. You had been fourth in the Championship when that took place. Are you confident that we are going to perceive you subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days befriend in action with M-Sport?

EE:

We’re going to glean a arrangement to hope to befriend and perceive what occurs. It’s not fully made up our minds yet. Let’s wait and perceive. For the time being, I am desirous about doing doubtlessly the most productive job we can.

Questions from the floor

Markus Stier, Sport Auto (DEU)

Q:

Ott, after the heavy rainfall on Tuesday, will which possess an impact on the rest in any damaging or certain arrangement? Or is that too a long way befriend?

OT:

Let’s tell we merely received some unusual knowledge from our security crew that went thru the phases. It looks to be essentially dry. It would possess been tremendous to search out some humidity, but it absolutely is having a see dry.

Marco Giordo, Autosprint (ITA)

Q:

Ott, I perceive you very relaxed. How is your feeling because that is a a will must possess rally for you?

OT:

My feeling is factual, thanks….What can I tell? I’ve had a factual time with my wife at dwelling….so!

Spanish journalist (ESP)

Q:

This would possibly occasionally be the last mixed surface rally in the FIA WRC. Do you love the format? Do you watched a mixed surface tournament needs to be well-known in the championship?

OT:

I judge it is a long way tremendous. The rally is queer. The mixed surface thought, for me, with handiest one a Three hundred and sixty five days isn’t so corrupt. It’s a long way unquestionably one of doubtlessly the most productive we possess in the season.

SO:

I agree. I love the problem very necessary. It’s intriguing to possess one rally love this in the Championship. I am hoping it’ll near befriend. I wager Spain is a enormous market for everyone and it is a long way hundreds of enjoyable to near befriend right here and perceive the rally.

DS:

I am definite there is a call from the organization to near befriend befriend to the championship, Subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days is holidays for the rally and it’ll near befriend.

EE:

I continuously tell it is a long way moderately an corresponding to just among the quite lots of gravel events in the championship.  Nonetheless the tarmac is extraordinarily queer For me, it’ll be an all-tarmac rally if that’s the fashion it desired to be. The format we possess is intriguing.


FIA WRC 2 PRO CHAMPIONSHIP

Latest:

Gus Greensmith (GBR), M-Sport Ford

Mads Østberg (NOR), Citroën Total

Q:

Gus, a factual battle between you and Mads for the runner-up assign interior FIA WRC 2 Pro. Are you confident that you just are going to be effectively ready for this tournament?

GG:

The total lot looks somewhat factual. I judge we had one factual time on the Shakedown and the automobile feels in truth factual. The total lot is having a see factual.

Q:

This season we possess viewed you claim your first victories, standard in Monte Carlo and in dramatic fashion in Turkey! Do that you just must gawk befriend across the season, are you delighted with what you’ve got delivered?

GG:

I strongly assume that I will clutch right here. I wish to pause the season on a excessive. Clearly, the competition in FIA WRC 2 Pro and WRC 2 is excessive. We’re going to glean a arrangement to work as laborious as we can. It’s valuable to pause the season cleanly. There possess been some somewhat enormous highs and a few lows as effectively, love every season. There has been consistency, with some shrimp errors that had been not ultimate.

Q:

What about subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days? Can you affirm us the rest?

GG:

I wish I could per chance per chance enable you to know something. It’s having a see enough. I am somewhat confident. Nothing is evident on yet.

 

Q:

Mads, it looks out of your interview at the pause of the Shakedown stage this day that you just are going to be alive to to search out what occurs in the FIA WRC title battle with Seb Ogier as you glean to hope to pass to Australia for the team!

MO:

Without a doubt, I continuously hope for Seb, but I without a doubt possess in truth sturdy feelings for him this weekend. I will be following him very carefully and informing him that my future is in his hands. It’s the purpose to be in Australia, but it absolutely will be made up our minds from Seb’s consequence right here.

Q:

Focusing on this tournament, what terminate you watched will be accomplished? Mister Greensmith sounds somewhat confident. What about you?

MO:

I will are attempting and pause desirous about my rally, but my priority is for Seb to terminate effectively. I feel somewhat confident that we can terminate effectively right here as effectively. Now we possess had a total bunch sturdy performances this Three hundred and sixty five days. Some issues possess taken the chance of many factual results away. With a chunk luck we can work together and procure issues sorted in the service and in the phases.

Q:

The identical query about subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days. All americans is conscious of what you are going to terminate in a WRC automobile and we know what you are going to terminate in an R5 as effectively. Do you watched that you just have accomplished enough to warrant a WRC pressure subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days?

MO:

I judge it is a long way subtle to command. Team principals don’t’ wish to listen to explanations. They wish to search out delivery. It’s a long way so subtle whereas you retire from rallies to display conceal. Our trudge is factual enough. It’s not straight forward for a WRC driver to terminate the assign-up for an R5 and to be taught it and love the automobile at the the same time and to battle for the clutch at the the same time. It could per chance per chance be unquestionably one of doubtlessly the most worrying years that I without a doubt possess had in a truly long time. Asserting that, I without a doubt possess enjoyed it. We are able to clutch every rally now. That’s completely assorted to what it turned into as soon as firstly of the Three hundred and sixty five days. We’re very busy as a team. We need sturdy results as effectively. With a chunk luck we can glean our arrangement befriend to a WRC automobile subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days. I enjoyed this Three hundred and sixty five days. There possess been some disappointments but additionally some sturdy rallies, tremendous trudge and factual fights. I don’t wish to pause too long on this category. Either I’m going up or I’m going dwelling. Now we take care of going up.

FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Latest:

Pierre-Louis Loubet (FRA)

Jan Solans (ESP)

Q:

Pierre-Louis, you lead the FIA WRC 2 category and the championship is thrilling with six possible contenders for the title. It’s a long way on the overall a enormous weekend for you right here in Spain. How are you feeling forward of it?

P-LL:

I am very confident. I am in a factual feature. I merely wish to terminate my most productive love the quite lots of rounds and to be desirous about every stage. At the pause we can perceive.

Q:

Dangle you accomplished the rest otherwise when it involves your preparations for this tournament or possess you ever kept it the the same?

P-LL:

Likely a chunk extra WRC Plus on the video.

 

Q:

Now we possess viewed some worrying climate this weekend. Very heavy rain on Tuesday. How necessary did which possess an impact for your recce?

P-LL:

Well, we had been ready to terminate the long stage this morning. I am hoping the bustle isn’t going to be love the recce on the tarmac. There had been stones on the twin carriageway. This morning the grip turned into as soon as somewhat enough. We’re going to glean a arrangement to perceive.

Q:

How are you feeling vivid that this tournament and going the overall arrangement down to Australia will be the largest events of your profession to this level.

P-LL:

I merely are attempting and prevent every bustle. I don’t wish to construct any mistakes. Likely a cramped bit extra rigidity, however the the rest is enough. I merely wish to be a cramped bit extra focused.

Q:

Jan, you are going to be our FIA Junior WRC champion. Has all of it sunk in – the success of the season?

JS:

Sprint, we carried out Wales and then we initiate working on this unusual mission. We handiest had two weeks to search out our sponsors and to organise the entirety to in the slay be right here for my debut in R5. I had no time for locating out or the rest. Shakedown turned into as soon as my first contact with R5.

Q:

Uncover us what the feeling turned into as soon as love in the R5 after the R2?

JS:

Clearly it is very assorted. Essentially the most assorted factor is the suspension. The auto is having hundreds of roll and movements. I failed to possess this in R2. Clearly, the trudge is higher. I wish to procure worn to the automobile and possess extra skills for subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days.

Q:

We’re having a see forward to seeing you compete subsequent Three hundred and sixty five days. Nonetheless what possess you ever been doing to put together for this rally?

JS:

An valuable factor turned into as soon as to search out the budget to be in the slay right here. My budget for the season turned into as soon as covered in Wales, so we desired to originate again with the sponsors to procure extra befriend from them. I had no time to construct checking out. Shakedown turned into as soon as my first affect of the automobile and it turned into as soon as very factual. My competition possess hundreds of skills. I wish to accommodate my using.


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