WRC – T. Neuville: “This twelve months, it be us with a huge smile.”


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Transcript of the put up-occasion press conference organised by the FIA for the 2020 Rallye Monte-Carlo.

2020 Rallye Monte-Carlo - FIA President Jean Todt & Thierry Neuville (Bastien Roux)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

New:
1st – Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT
1st – Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT
2nd – Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
2nd – Julien Ingrassia (FRA), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
third  – Elfyn Evans (ESP), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
third  – Scott Martin (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
Andrea Adamo, Group Most critical, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

Q:
What does this engage point out, Thierry?
TN:
It’s sophisticated to represent. It used to be one other onerous order to defend continuously within the battle at some level of the four very tough days. We had some improbable stipulations and a few surprises, starting with Thursday night – no one of us in actuality knew what would maybe well be there with the stipulations. Friday used to be an swish day, but less unbiased correct for Nicolas [Gilsoul] and I within the auto. As of late used to be in actuality unbiased correct and we were in a location to stable the engage. Earlier than the final stage, we knew a cramped bit that the engage used to be ours and we had glad gap. After final twelve months, it used to be an huge disappointment. However would maybe non-public to you battle with two or three of us, you all desire to non-public interplay, but supreme one can and the others will seemingly be disenchanted. Closing twelve months, that used to be us but this twelve months, it’s us with the enormous smile.

Q:
How sophisticated used to be it in this form of first rate battle?
TN:
Extra than in actuality the difficulties of the tyres and the stipulations were the couple of punches we got. We were also in a location to accept some punches to the others due to the on Thursday, we made a in actuality unbiased correct 2d stage and it used to be onerous for the others to grab. On Friday morning, I got straight away taken for more than 10 seconds on the indispensable stage. The day outdated to this also, Elfyn used to be in a location to resolve one other 12 seconds within the 2d stage of the day. It used to be surprising: as soon as rapidly it is seemingly you’ll well seemingly also very effectively be faster and also you don’t understand why the others are slower and , “bang”, they place you 10 seconds and it be a have to to take care of that. I used to be 16 seconds late the lead and on a Tarmac rally, it’s virtually inconceivable to resolve the others if they don’t develop a mistake. You’d like so grand self belief within the auto and it gives you with the opportunity to battle aid and develop a distinction. We were in a location to battle aid very onerous on Saturday morning and particularly Saturday afternoon and at the moment. I’m very at ease with the closing result.
 
Q:
You discuss about being assured sooner than the closing stage, alternatively it supreme took a stagger for that result in scamper and also you had a minute part of a wheel rim missing…
TN:
That in reality came about on the 2d stage. We were missing a minute part of the rim, but we didn’t know why. It wasn’t a drama. We desired to make a selection three at ease tyres so we determined to continue with that rim and it used to be working gorgeous. It’s correct a subject of self belief, would maybe non-public to it is seemingly you’ll well seemingly pressure in your rhythm and also you realize the time used to be unbiased correct – it is seemingly you’ll well seemingly also very effectively be the man with the select watch over. I used to be in a location to pass faster than Elfyn and Seb and the auto worked thoroughly. The day outdated to this, I used to be in a location to search out the additional efficiency to pass from 16s down to 12s within the lead.

Q:
Finally, picture me what number of Belgians won Monte Carlo sooner than you?
TN:
One

Q:
When?
TN:
A really very prolonged time ago. Perhaps 40’ one thing.

Q:
1924!
TN:
OK.

Q:
Nicolas, it regarded worship there used to be an unbeatable atmosphere in your automobile on this occasion?
NG:
The atmosphere used to be in actuality unbiased correct. It’s a test to solution to Monte-Carlo after the winter shatter. Here’s the busiest occasion for us, it’s a correct take-sign name however the atmosphere used to be in actuality unbiased correct. It used to be in actuality troublesome, but we hide that we’re ready.

Q:
This engage means lots…
NG:
Yeah, for sure. When I used to be 18, I had the opportunity to resolve part within the historic rally. I said to myself: “Gather it, here’s doubtlessly the gracious time you’ll accept the opportunity to create the Monte.” Now, 15 years after, we now non-public won the “correct” rally. We’re living the dream – I’m very, very blissful.

Q:
Sébastien, it’s been a mountainous weekend for you and the Toyota crew – sum up your occasion please?
SO:
Similar to you notify, I wager it’s been a gleaming weekend. All individuals expects more from us due to the we create quite plenty of unbiased correct results, so all individuals expects us to non-public interplay. Overall, I’m very blissful with the weekend. We took quite plenty of aspects and the stage of efficiency used to be quite unbiased correct for the indispensable rally. We were constant, but aloof missing in some sections where we compulsory to push to the restrict. Three phases on Saturday and the final one the day outdated to this night and we misplaced 36 seconds. In most cases, on these sections, I used to be grand too cautious. I will no longer veil that there is a cramped frustration when I don’t pause up on the head step of the rostrum in Monte.

Q:
Why wasn’t it your day at the moment?
SO:
I wager the three of us… Explore at the timesheet: it’s nearly continuously us within the head three sooner than all individuals else. The three of us non-public achieved quite a first rate rally. This morning, the grip used to be no longer unfriendly, alternatively it used to be a cramped bit more slippery on the head of Turini. You might want to to trust your feeling and when I used to be feeling no longer 100 per cent, then I didn’t desire to push and develop a mistake. I knew it wouldn’t be a first rate time [on the Power Stage], we misplaced too grand on the indispensable loop. I improved the result within the afternoon when the grip got a cramped bit higher. Certain, the next day to come I will undergo in mind this rally as obvious for the championship. I do know you journalists worship statistics, so create you undergo in mind the final time I started Monte-Carlo with 2d place – it used to be my easiest season ever.

Q:
You talked of the disadvantages of winning this rally sooner than the initiating – is it a obvious with the operating show transferring forward?
SO:
We don’t know which the following rally is. I in reality hope we are able to create Sweden. I hope Mother Nature can flip it into the stipulations we desire for Sweden.

Q:
Julien, Nico talked about this occasion being a take-sign name. Change into it for you?
JI:
It’s tantalizing to accept the season started and a birth of the stress. The outdated week, we were in Japan, then we went to Estonia and then we had some assessments. We arrived without prolong to the indispensable birth with a brand contemporary automobile – it used to be a huge relief and I used to be blissful to hear the engine revs when the auto started. Here’s one in every of the most sophisticated rallies for the groups and crews. Congratulations to Toyota, here’s a first rate birth for a tag-contemporary crew and also congratulations to the crew [at the TGR factory in] in Finland, they did an improbable job. And for Martin [Jarveoja] and Ott [Tänak], our easiest thoughts. They might be able to also unbiased non-public some minute nightmares within the upcoming nights, but they’re well-behaved.

Q:
How used to be it to adapt to 1 other contemporary crew?
JI:
Beget you ever considered the video on my Fb? We had to educate a cramped bit… we had a cramped of time to rearrange for that in December, but as you notify, here’s a brand contemporary crew and we now non-public verify the vogue they work. We felt glad and assured quite rapidly with the crew. When I arrived for the Shakedown on Wednesday, it used to be very tantalizing.

Q:
Elfyn, you led this rally for a in actuality very prolonged time, how create it is seemingly you’ll well seemingly also very effectively be feeling now?
EE:
Just blended feeling, I have to notify. We started off pretty robust on Friday morning, then I discovered a in actuality unbiased correct feeling and stage wins came pretty easy, to be right. It correct clicked and it came about naturally. However this morning, it didn’t happen quite so naturally and this cost us a realistic chance to battle for the engage. Thierry, in distinction, had very robust day. Overall, we now have to resolve this as a obvious, it’s no longer a unfriendly birth. Here’s one thing we are able to manufacture on.

Q:
This used to be your first time in a brand contemporary crew. How used to be it?
EE:
I used to be questioning the map it would maybe well fare by map of the opponents – it used to be a cramped outlandish. We’d achieved quite plenty of preparation, we’d achieved the testing, spent time within the workshop and tried to create all we are able to also to be ready for the recce and Shakedown. Then we now non-public the administrative heart, but we don’t know where to sit down down! It used to be all a cramped contemporary, alternatively all of it worked effectively and this gave me self belief. It used to be a mountainous lend a hand from the crew with things worship making the tyres work. We ready effectively, alternatively it used to be aloof a cramped of a shock to the device.

Q:
How grand more can also you non-public risked?
EE:
I in reality non-public been a cramped cautious in some frigid sections the day outdated to this, that cost us three seconds here or there. These minute print develop the adaptation. This used to be a tag-contemporary automobile and here’s Monte-Carlo. We were correct taking that cramped chance to pass on the throttle that bit earlier, but that can commerce the place so early. We had the lead, but all individuals has achieved some form of 2d, the danger used to be increased at the moment and it didn’t happen quite as naturally. At that time attempting to push more, I used to be nearly assured to non-public long gone off. I in reality have to accept that at that stage. That doesn’t point out you ever give up, alternatively it means it is seemingly you’ll well seemingly’t quite place the auto precisely as it is seemingly you’ll well seemingly also desire.

Q:
Scott, here’s a in actuality special podium for you…
SM:
If reality be told special. It’s been a cosmopolitan rally. It’s the initiating season and expectations are excessive. To be up here with these guys, it’s tough opponents so that you simply might well accept on the rostrum on this rally is a completely different feeling. There’s quite plenty of onerous work and preparation and it’s all paid off to non-public a in actuality delicious weekend, in actuality tremendous.

Q:
Did you enable yourself to dream about that first engage?
SM:
No. I didn’t dream in any respect – I in reality struggled to sleep. In some unspecified time in the future, it’ll approach. It’s been a in actuality obvious weekend and I’m able to’t await the the leisure of the season. The crew’s had mountainous success, and it’s mountainous working with Seb and Julien and the the leisure of the guys.

Q:
Andrea, we noticed real emotion from you at the pause – this one supposed lots.
AA:
I in reality have to notify for as soon as, this one? It’s special for me. I used to be born no longer far from here. Monte-Carlo has continuously been the special one. I grew up with the rally with regards to me. I undergo in mind asking my folks to defend conscious taking note of Monte-Carlo in 1986 when Henri Toivonen won. I’m sorry, but I’m too outdated to undergo in mind these things, but I create undergo in mind taking note of Radio Monte-Carlo for the are living comments after every stage. I would defend conscious within the nighttime. I undergo in mind when I used to be a child at the birth of Turini… For me, it has a completely different that implies to approach here, here’s the root of my passion and it’s continuously sophisticated after we’re no longer in this place. It used to be sophisticated final time, this used to be my first time [as Hyundai Motorsport director] and then this time as effectively.

Q:
Change into it too sophisticated to seek at instances?
AA:
Yes.

Q:
What create you assume of the efficiency of Thierry and Nicolas?
AA:
From when I lead Hyundai crew, it used to be Thierry and Nicolas who non-public continuously filled the gap we had to Toyota. From Cataluña, in my gaze, and I never advised them this, they non-public got reached one other step of self belief. From Cataluña, there and then within the test there has been a valid development. I would notify this weekend seemingly, they non-public got been even more aloof than me. They’ve helped to aloof me down. The sector used to be a cramped upside down for me this weekend.

FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

New:
1st – Mads Østberg (NOR), PH Sport
1st – Torstein Eriksen (NOR), PH Sport

Q:
Mads, what a mountainous solution to begin the season!
MO:
It’s been a in actuality special weekend. I came to are trying to battle at the head, but I didn’t place a matter to the tempo to be so unbiased correct this weekend. We misplaced 2m45s on stage three and that used to be quite tricky. I space my purpose to resolve him [Camilli] after we changed the wheel on the stage. We tried and it used to be fun to non-public one thing to agree to. I had a transparent purpose and we got quite close, but Eric has quite plenty of trip and he managed it effectively. Every other day and seemingly, we are able to also non-public caught him. It used to be mountainous fun, a mountainous battle, but I’m no longer sure Eric in actuality noticed it as a battle, but I enjoyed it lots. I made quite plenty of stage wins and I want to thank Eric for the battle.

Q:
You had a broken rim?
MO:
It used to be correct the rim, we didn’t accept the puncture in any respect. I can not notify what came about precisely, but that used to be a cramped unlucky. That wouldn’t non-public came about if I had stayed on the motorway, but I didn’t assume it would maybe well happen with a little contact on the monetary institution. We recovered, that’s rallying – the auto performed in actuality effectively. Explore at the head five and the Citroëns are on the head. I worked on this mission for a twelve months and we’re no longer at the bottom of the checklist any more.

Q:
This used to be a tricky Monte though…
MO:
It used to be quite a commerce. I’ve achieved some sophisticated Monte Carlos, but they’ve doubtlessly been more spruce. This time we had snow here, ice there, then it used to be dry there, we were never in constant stipulations. We drove completely different tyre combinations, it used to be tricky, but I enjoyed it – it used to be one in every of the supreme I in reality non-public achieved.

Q:
Torstein, how create you accept into the rhythm for this occasion?
TE:
I don’t know! Five minutes sooner than the stage, it’s a valuable number: Mads is yelling and wishes to grab how far to the stage, what the stipulations are worship, where we scamper… Then you’re at the birth and would maybe non-public to you notify scamper, it’s tremendous so that you simply might well condo studying the notes in time and that’s it. I don’t know if I in reality non-public a rhythm, but we did it effectively.

Q:
Special to non-public interplay the Monte?
TE:
It’s my first ever Monte Carlo, I worked the final four years since 2012 for Mads’ crew so it’s, unbiased correct to be within the co-drivers’ seat.

Q:
You non-public considered it from completely different perspectives, collectively with ice-hide crew – did yours develop effectively this time?
TE:
Yes, they did.

FIA WRC 3 CHAMPIONSHIP

New:
1st – Eric Camilli (FRA)
1st – François Xavier Buresi (FRA)

Q:
Eric, congratulations. How does it feel – you wants to be very blissful?
EC:
Fully, I’m blissful. We lead the rally from the initiating and by more than one minute. It wasn’t lots, but we pushed and then we tried to make a selection watch over the gap for the the leisure of the rally. I’m very blissful.

Q:
You had a brand contemporary co-driver in F-X, or as a minimum a co-driver starting Rallye Monte-Carlo for the indispensable time. How used to be that?
EC:
For him, here’s one thing special. He has supreme achieved 20 rallies in his life and it used to be improbable. We notify we are able to begin collectively, we now non-public been collectively sooner than as soon as rapidly – it used to be a first rate quite plenty of, but this used to be tough for him.

Q:
You led from the initiating, but you doubtlessly did non-public a pair of points?
EC:
The auto worked thoroughly. We had a minute order on braking and misplaced time I didn’t know select watch over that order, but then we found out. That used to be all. [The lead] Change into with regards to be 1m50s and then the the leisure of the rally went thoroughly.

Q:
F-X, congratulations and how used to be your first Monte Carlo?
F-XB:
Thanks for the congratulations. It used to be very sophisticated for me, my first Monte Carlo. Eric is my friend though, so it used to be OK.

Q:
Had been you nervous?
F-XB:
Definitely! However now I’m OK. It’s accomplished and I’m very blissful. The things on the motorway part, engaged on the roll bar, making ready the tempo notes and managing the motorway part… and then you await the ice!


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