FIA WTCR Scurry of Malaysia
WTCR – FIA World Touring Automobile Cup presented by OSCARO 2019
Deciding rounds 28-30 of 30, Sepang Global Circuit, 12-15 December
Press Conference Room, Sepang Global Circuit, 15 December
Norbert Michelisz, BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse, DHL Pole Space
Aurélien Panis, Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing, 2d characteristic
Gabriele Tarquini, BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse, third characteristic
Norbi, you’ve got the quantity 5 to your Hyundai and likewise own a 27-level lead within the title mosey. How are you feeling most difficult now?
I’m OK thanks! Within the discontinue that you can presumably see that the mosey used to be removed from straightforward. The considerations started with the tyre preference because we own been upright in between moist and dry instances, so we had to gamble relatively. Nonetheless within the discontinue the preference used to be rather correct since the instances stayed constant. I managed to [keep] my rhythm which any other time used to be removed from straightforward because it used to be a constantly altering steadiness. Nonetheless within the discontinue the most well-known ingredient used to be to take the mosey and lengthen the lead because now this used to be a correct step within the most difficult course. We are 27 parts ahead however there are aloof 50 to bag, so there is aloof a protracted manner to pass.
Can you show which Yokohama tyres you own been the exercise of and the contrivance subtle own been the instances?
We went for slicks on the front and rain tyres on the rear. In general this preference never works, however I maintain currently we own been additionally relatively lucky. For each person who went for this preference, it used to be a wide distress however within the discontinue that you can presumably additionally ought to breeze along with a preference if you aren’t certain what the fresh instances on the grid mutter. And between the 5 and two minutes boards we own been aloof no longer certain, however the group made this preference and I’m in reality grateful to them because within the discontinue it used to be upright the correct one.
Aurélien, I know ice racing podiums are standard for you, however right here’s your first in WTCR / OSCARO. Inform us about your mosey.
I’m in reality, in reality chuffed with my first podium in WTCR. I’m chuffed to enact it because since the origin of the season it used to be constantly shut – fifth, sixth, seventh, however never on the podium, so finally I’m there. I upright desire to thank my Comtoyou Racing group because we made a correct assortment of tyre. It used to be no longer straightforward to think it. Nonetheless finally we accomplished 2d, the tempo used to be correct and I’m upright huge-chuffed to be right here.
And you are right here after a in reality subtle mosey in those instances. What does this mutter about your progression this season?
The season used to be no longer so sinful, we own been in general combating within the head 10 and to make the final assembly on the podium, I’m in reality chuffed about that. It used to be no longer straightforward and 9 laps used to be in reality long for me! Yeah, I’m upright in reality chuffed.
Gabriele, a number of overtakes in that mosey and a an extraordinarily grand podium for the group which is striving for the groups’ title this weekend. How chuffed are you with that performance?
I’m very chuffed for Norbi because I know the contrivance he feels. I’ve played time and any other time for the title and it’s no longer straightforward to play for the title within the final weekend, after which you might well presumably additionally own these instances. It’s the worst particularly for him because he ought to play arduous, however any mistake can ticket him greatly and he managed the correct mosey. So I’m very chuffed for him. I tried to assemble my simplest to attain some parts additionally for the groups’ standings, however for us the drivers’ standing is terribly most well-known. Norbi has pushed a rare season, he made any other time a rare mosey after a terribly correct qualifying, so he’s on the model. He’s far away since the title is there, however until the final level it is no longer completed. It’s arduous however we are there to advantage him if he wants it. Nonetheless for the time being he doesn’t want any advantage.