WRC – T. Neuville: “We now maintain got been combating all year. Ott and Martin maintain been very stable.”

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Transcript of the put up-event press convention organised by the FIA for the 2019 Rally of Spain.

2019 WRC - Rally of Spain - Event winner Thierry Neuville (Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Computer screen:

1st – Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

1st – Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

2nd – Ott Tänak (EST), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

2nd – Martin Järveoja (EST), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Third  – Dani Sordo (ESP), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

Third  – Carlos Del Barrio (ESP), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

Andrea Adamo, Crew Most essential, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

Q:

Thierry, congratulations on a success here in Spain. You know that you just needed to determine on out to attempt to handle the Drivers’ title hopes alive. The Drivers’ title has gone and the Producers’ title stays? How are you feeling?


TN:

Sure, first of all I would decide to converse congratulations to our two fresh World Champions. Clearly now we maintain been combating all year and Ott and Martin maintain been very stable, so congratulations to them on their first title. This can no longer be so straight forward for them next year…

Q:

Seek the advice of with us regarding the rally.  You maintain got given it absolutely all the pieces. It was virtually a ideal day for you the day earlier than nowadays and that persisted on nowadays. What was the feeling going into that closing Vitality Stage?


TN:

As I said sooner than, I was having a gaze more in my mirrors on the fellows slack. We wished the instances to bound our plot to stay within the fight. If Dani had reach 2nd, then the Vitality Stage would maintain been the choice. But, on the stay, it’s what it’s. We did the utmost we would. We loved the weekend and the feeling within the automobile was gargantuan. We gaze forward to the upcoming event and the fight for the Producers’ Championship.

Q:

Now that will bound all of the method in which down to the final round in Australia. That will seemingly be one heck of a fight there as properly?


TN:

Definitely. The aim is to determine on out this championship. Now the aim is to center of attention on that championship.

 

Q:

Nicolas, how are you feeling? There was no longer so mighty resting on this rally. How upset are you now or is that no longer the case?


NG:

For particular, there was the anticipation. The week we spent here was in actuality fine from the recce, which was subtle with the climate prerequisites. It was very tight on the gravel, a extraordinarily huge scuttle to be as rapidly as which which it’s seemingly you’ll take into consideration. Additionally, on tarmac we had been roughly on our limit. We are lacking the championship, I would converse “all but again”, so it’s subtle.

Q:

Ott, World Champion for 2019: it’s a dream that has reach correct for you here in Spain. Six wins thus a ways this season. You maintain got had a couple of hours to job the news for your head. How does it feel now? All of us know the stress has been on you
.

OT:

I feel about no longer factual the stress nonetheless huge stress. Since Thursday, every 2nd person is asking regarding the stress and how your head is and how the championship is. It is not very straight forward to manipulate this ability that. I would converse that in my existence, I in actuality maintain had many subtle problems, so for particular, it helps to address these roughly scenarios. Soundless, this stress was one thing fresh. At the starting, I did no longer know the method I would assemble and how I would manage the stress esteem this. It was quite a brand fresh and enticing issue. I had no other selection as a exchange of to soundless down and select a stare upon to win the feeling without taking any risks. We would raise out it. It was an fascinating weekend. Now the comfort is gargantuan.

Q:

Even as you occur to gaze support at your profession, your first event in FIA WRC was 10 years within the past, in 2009. You maintain got viewed plenty in that time. It was been a curler coaster. A lot of folk maintain played a mountainous half in it. Markko Martin was within the carrier park nowadays. What did he converse and how did he react?


OT:

He was no longer so cushty with me. We spoke final night and his advice was to determine on out your entire points and no longer to push and he clearly was no longer cushty with the Vitality Stage. I deem now we maintain a assembly with him after. I in actuality maintain viewed in existence that nothing comes straight forward for me. Earlier than the Vitality Stage, I had two choices. In overall, to force and hope that Thierry would no longer select too many points or I would maintain ample. I knew this was no longer going to occur. I said he’ll push and select the utmost points. So the selection for me was to push myself and compose the variation.

Q:

Did you feel must you bought to the stage stay that this was going to be a rapidly time?


OT:

No. The feelings had been quite blended. At the starting of the stage, within the first few kilometres.  I was no longer entirely relaxed. I wished to soundless down as rapidly as I would. Then the feeling was enough nonetheless now we maintain viewed all weekend that the Hyundais maintain been very rapidly. But I managed to push a shrimp bit more. I knew it was going to be subtle. I knew that this is able to make a selection the championship sooner than Australia. Within the stay, it was a job properly carried out.

Q:

You don’t most regularly divulge emotion. Did you leave your self any emotion, had been there any tears?


OT:

I will converse there maintain been, sure, when I saw my wife crying, and my sister. You win some emotions. It’s a mountainous relief. With a stress esteem this, when it drops, it will unlock loads of emotions.

 

Q:

Martin, the stress was there and it felt esteem your entire nation of Estonia was here this weekend. I know loads of them proceed to events, nonetheless I deem the final one grew to change into the light off this weekend.  How does that add to the stress?


MJ:

Sure, Ott and I are within the equal automobile and now we maintain the equal stress, for particular. Estonian followers are one thing in actuality extra special. They are extra special. I will no longer converse that they offer us more stress nonetheless they offer us more give a select to. Additionally, I are making an attempt to converse that the team was in actuality stable this weekend. The automobile has been working your entire time.

Q:

Dani, we are able to take into consideration a shrimp little bit of disappointment. We now maintain got viewed a gargantuan performance from you this weekend. You ignored out on 2nd house on the final stage. How are you feeling regarding the stay outcome?


DS:

I might be 2nd clearly. To lose by four-tenths is no longer fine. We pushed tough and loved. We belief we had pushed tough within the final stage, nonetheless it absolutely was no longer ample. But we are on the rostrum and now we maintain points for the Producers’, so it’s miles no longer always so shocking.

Q:

You saved Ott slack this morning till that closing stage. That is sure. It is miles a must to determine on out into story that?


DS:

We fought very tough within the morning and we did enough.  We did some fine stages. I hoped to shield up out a ways more, nonetheless I am cushty to be on the stage and on the rostrum.

Q:

Will we stare you on the next event?


DS:

I don’t know. I in actuality maintain a flight tag, that’s all I know.

Q:

Carlos, discuss over with us about your weekend. That you just might even be on the rostrum and that will seemingly be a gargantuan outcome.


CDB:

It has been sure, no longer factual for us nonetheless also for the team, It is miles the first time that I reach up onto the rostrum here, so it would be essential because I don’t know if I will seemingly be within the championship in two years’ time. It is miles a necessity for me, because my aim was to be on the rostrum.

Q:

Andrea, a victory here for Thierry in Spain. Are you cushty with the method in which the weekend has gone?


AA:

Sure, sure and no. It might well most likely per chance maintain been a shrimp better, nonetheless it absolutely would per chance also maintain been a shrimp worse. 

Q:

Can you present us your driver line-up for Australia?


AA:

We had Thierry and Nicolas and Dani and Carlos and now we maintain Andreas and Ole all of the method in which down to shield up out the rally. I firmly take into consideration that we must always always aloof give a select to the team that has supported us all season. The aim is the Producers’ Championship.

 

QUESTION FROM THE FLOOR

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (DEU)

Q:

Rally de España is no longer on the 2020 WRC calendar. Can you please share your feeling and solutions regarding the event?

TN:

I was already pondering it sooner than. It is miles a fine event. The ideal event within the calendar where now we desire to interchange from gravel to tarmac. In reality, all of us revel on this additional challenge. This round would surely deserve its house within the calendar per annum. That’s my non-public maintain notion.

OT:

I accept as true with what Thierry said. It is miles a utterly different event within the championship. The folk here are very passionate and they maintain been supporting motor sport for loads of years. I feel about this round must maintain a house within the calendar.

DS:

Primarily extra special event and it has been even more particular this year, for the folk, for the championship, for the climate. Every thing. A lot of folk on the stages, on the Provider Park. There are folk coming from Spain and from in every single place because or no longer it’s miles so straight forward and so fine to reach here. I deem we desire to maintain this rally within the next years.

FIA WRC 2 PRO CHAMPIONSHIP

Computer screen:

1st – Mads Østberg (NOR), Citroën Total

1st – Torstein Eriksen (NOR), Citroën Total

Q:

Mads, congratulations for your select this weekend. It was a gargantuan event for you here in Spain on gravel and tarmac. There maintain been a couple of frustrations alongside the method in which. But it’s a select on the stay of the day?


MO:

Entirely, I point out it was essential for us on the gravel nonetheless we had some frustrating moments and a few disorders that cost us loads of time. That was quite frustrating. I knew I wished the lead happening to the tarmac, nonetheless I didn’t. To be correct, on tarmac it was quite valid as properly. We had a lead that we’ve been nursing at some stage within the Saturday. Then we did some changes to the automobile as properly and we had been very cushty with our performance. I guess we had been up in opposition to some stable drivers. It was a gargantuan weekend and a extraordinarily fine plot to entire the season on this category.

Q:

It has been a stable weekend and to boot you had some stable competitors available and an reliable fight with Eric (Camilli).


MO:

I loved the fight with Eric. I know him totally from the past. We now maintain got been teammates sooner than as properly and this time, it was in actuality savory. I was quite cushty that the lead was no longer higher on Friday because I in actuality needed to push tough and needed to be enhancing stage-by-stage. I loved that plenty. A huge due to Benjamin and Eric.

Q:

From the originate as a lot as where you are essentially, how mighty has the automobile progressed?


MO:

I deem plenty. When we began to where we are essentially, we are getting quite cushty and are ready to fight on the head. I deem we must always always aloof all be cushty with the advance team at Citroën, We now maintain got won loads of expertise someday of the year and made changes to the automobile sooner than and someday of events. It is miles all paying off.

Q:

Torstein, a gargantuan outcome for you guys. How raise out you react within the automobile when Mister Østberg is a shrimp “pissed off”, let’s converse?


TE:

I raise out my job and I don’t converse a note. 

Q:

On a essential converse, what are your solutions on the weekend?


TE:

I maintain that every person our tough work has paid off. That methodology plenty because we are able to determine on out this into next season.

Q:

We hope to peek you guys next season. But in what’s the take a look at?


TE:

I don’t know.


FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Computer screen:

1st – Eric Camilli (FRA)

1st – Benjamin Veillas (FRA)

Q:

Eric, congratulations on a success FIA WRC 2 nowadays. What a stable subject of drivers you needed to fight in opposition to. Affirm me about your weekend?


EC:

It was gargantuan so to fight nowadays with Mads. After we discovered what we would raise out, we proved that the automobile is rapidly. I am very cushty about this and I thank Citroën for us, because it’s miles the first time that now we maintain labored together. 

Q:

You maintain got been in masses of R5 autos. How did you glance this automobile in comparison? 


EC:

It is miles subtle to converse because every automobile is extremely utterly different. You stare instances constantly very shut. Some autos esteem more softer roads and a few are harder. It’s subtle to converse. I was quite greatly surprised. We had valid instances.

Q:

This was a blended ground event. Even as you occur to came into the FIA WRC, your strength was on tarmac. How raise out you feel you doubtlessly did on gravel on Friday?


EC:

I select tarmac. I did maintain effort to glance the automobile on Friday. In particular on one stage, the 2nd stage was no longer tricky nonetheless it absolutely was no longer straight forward and we misplaced loads of time. I did no longer maintain a extraordinarily valid space-up. Then we got some better instances within the afternoon. Then we needed to push on the tarmac. I maintain to converse Mads was quite rapidly nowadays.

Q:

What about next year?


EC:

I am engaged on it. For the moment, I am esteem a brand fresh driver, a “spare” driver. Let’s stare.

Q:

Benjamin, how are you feeling after the weekend?


BV:

It was no longer a cosmopolitan weekend. I maintain very valid. I congratulate Mads and Torstein and I thank  Citroën Racing. They did a extraordinarily valid job this weekend.

Q:

No stresses, no problems available?


BV:

For me, no, nothing.

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