WRC – Rally Sweden – Pre-occasion Press Conference Transcript


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Transcript of the pre-occasion press conference organised by the FIA for the 2020 Rally Sweden.

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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Fresh:
Ott Tänak (EST), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Crew
Elfyn Evans (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Crew
Teemu Suninen (FIN), M-Sport Ford World Rally Crew
Craig Breen (IRL), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Crew
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Latvala Motorsport OY

Q:
Ott, I deem it’s tremendous to say that all people knows what came about in Monte. No ill results after that wide accident?
OT:
I’m alive, I’m right here, I’m perfect. All okay.

Q:
What are you searching forward to to survey on the market this weekend?
OT:
I wager it’s complicated to the truth is search recordsdata from anything for the moment. As of late, the Shakedown became as soon as stout gravel nonetheless the rally will be maybe in many suggestions somewhat more complicated. As of late it became as soon as constant nonetheless the levels typically are rather combined. On some levels, now we dangle more gravel, on others somewhat less, so it’s continuously somewhat temperamental. It’s the truth is complicated to foretell for the moment what is basically coming.

Q:
And if it’s complicated to foretell, I imagine it’s complicated to dangle a technique to your suggestions as to how you play it unless you catch to the levels the next day?
OT:
Yeah… Let’s verbalize, for fine it’s a first fee notion to raise a witness at to establish the tires somewhat, at the least in the starting to no longer dangle too mountainous surprises. This would well effectively be rather considerable to read the avenue and strive to acquire what is going to occur. Nonetheless it’s all rather loads unknown in the intervening time and I be mindful, after the principle survey, we can know loads more.

Q:
We’ve heard a hundreds assorted issues from the drivers, it’s going to be a flat-out attack or will or no longer it is more cautious? There’re a should be somewhat of a sensible head on I wager?

OT:
Sure, it’s tidy to be wise nonetheless on the assorted facet, the occasion will be very rapid. I wager, you don’t are searching to unfastened too great from the initiating so this would possibly well well be complicated to avoid wasting support. So we are going to be… effectively… we’ll should be tremendous from the very origin.

Q:
Jari-Matti Latvala, welcome support! We disregarded you in Monte, did you leave out us?
JL:
Sure, I did leave out you. It became as soon as very complicated for me to put collectively the Monte-Carlo Rally. The first evening, as soon as I became as soon as staring at the principle levels, this became as soon as quiet beautiful, nonetheless I couldn’t hit upon Friday or Saturday. It became as soon as too great in my suggestions, you know, you make a selection to be a segment of it. The generous WRC family and every thing round… However after the rally, when the rally accomplished, then I felt more chuffed attributable to I knew that I will be in Sweden.

Q:
And you’re support in action as a privateer – it’s a assorted experience now?
JL:
We started our career as privateers and we’re now support as privateers. So I do know, I take into account the blueprint in which it became as soon as and for fine it’s assorted [than being a factory driver]. There are issues that you just don’t should imagine whenever you’re a producing facility driver, you know, treasure supplying undies, overalls, helmets, making notion for the initiating of the car, sending sponsor emblems right here and there. Completely different form of issues nonetheless daily you learn one thing fresh.

Q:
I understand it’s a chosen quantity of events you’re planning on this year. Is it your time to shine now?
JL:
In actual fact that, whenever you’d make a selection to be support as a producing facility driver in 2021, you wish moreover efficiency. It is possible you’ll well moreover make a selection to display results to catch the establish support. Indeed, it is miles also the truth is perfect if we would possibly well moreover blueprint a first fee result. It’s no longer most sensible possible one rally, a one-off, which is nice. This would well effectively be more complicated over the year whenever you catch most sensible possible few events attributable to whenever you catch a restricted quantity of testing and likewise you’re no longer so great in the car, you initiating loosing the sensation. Right here is why the football avid gamers, the ice hockey avid gamers, elevate practising: to raise the sensation on all of the time. So I don’t know the blueprint in which it’s going to be nonetheless we’re going to raise a witness at and right here’s the target: we strive to blueprint perfect results and with any luck, that will moreover lend a hand us to bring more sponsors, to force more.

Q:
It is possible you’ll well moreover dangle four wins right here, your first ever WRC save came in Sweden, in complicated conditions as effectively. Not rather as complicated as the conditions this year, or the same?
JL:
Befriend then, in 2008, we had snow banks, the snow became as soon as there. Usually, then it became as soon as getting very warm and the roads were melting. There were gravely conditions nonetheless at the least we had snow banks. So that you just had some make stronger whenever you presumably can blueprint a bit mistake. This year, the disagreement is that we don’t dangle any snow banks, so there’s no margin for error on that facet – nothing helps you whenever you shuffle wide. And moreover, as Ott became as soon as announcing, the fear is that you just dangle got combined conditions, gravel and snow. And yes, support then, in 2008, we had that inform of affairs nonetheless potentially it became as soon as a bit bit more constant attributable to it became as soon as so warm that the roads were the truth is melting and the snow and ice became as soon as so skinny that you just’d blueprint thru it rapidly to the gravel. However now, if the ice stays frozen, this can elevate the roads and the gravel no longer easy, and the ice will be no longer easy as effectively. So that you just know that on gravel, it’s easy to lose the studs. Then you definately blueprint to the ice and the car isn’t any longer turning. That is the most complex thing which that probabilities are you’ll experience.

Q:
Elfyn, let’s flip to you now. Colossal efficiency in Monte Carlo, correct about a weeks ago, main the rally over evening as effectively. Had been you on a high after that rally, at the side of your efficiency?
EV:
Not the truth is, somewhat pissed off after Sunday, to be appropriate. Clearly we were in the shot to avoid wasting the occasion and let it slip away a bit bit on Sunday for one reason or every other. Things didn’t correct rather click so, yes, if anything I’m a bit bit more fine. Clearly, you know whenever you’re in that region, you continuously are searching to blueprint support out on high. We didn’t arrange to catch that so, yeah, I’m quiet focused.

Q:
“Sure”… We treasure the word “fine”. It blueprint you’re going to shuffle out with a first fee fight this weekend. Enact you deem we would possibly well moreover hit upon a shock winner, on condition that conditions aren’t what they on the total are?
EV:
Indeed, I deem anything would possibly well moreover occur. It’s a competitive discipline with heaps of perfect autos so anything would possibly well moreover occur. All people knows all of the challenges we are going to face, and everybody knows there’s going to be heaps of peculiar challenges that blueprint our blueprint. However now we make a selection to raise a witness at and adapt, and take care of them the ideal we are able to.

Q:
And that is a segment of your job as a rally driver, adapting to the conditions I wager?
EV:
Exactly. It’s segment of rallying, it continuously has been, in all likelihood no longer rather to this level of how mistaken it would possibly maybe well change into. If studs are the truth is shedding at a high fee, this would possibly well well be complicated by the level we blueprint to the discontinue of about a of the levels with the wintry sections. However this would possibly well well be the same or the same for everybody.

Q:
Let’s flip to Teemu Suninen: first time you ever led a WRC occasion became as soon as right here, remaining year. Seek the advice of with me about your plans this time round, I do know that Monte didn’t shuffle the blueprint in which you wanted it to, you received in self assurance by the discontinue of the occasion, what about right here?
TS:
I deem this time the notion is a bit bit assorted attributable to, I’d verbalize the rally is entirely assorted when put next with remaining year. This year maybe 50% is maybe on the gravel and 50% on ice, so now we make a selection to force fastidiously to raise the tyres alive, and elevate some studs for the wintry sections. After the next day morning, we’ll be more sensible and we’ll know better how this would possibly well well be.

Q:
We’ve already seen a bit bit of a moment from you on the principle scamper of Shakedown this morning, what precisely came about?
TS:
I misplaced the rear as there were ruts after we recced and now it became as soon as cool or frozen. I purchased the entrance axle out on the rut and it bought caught in the rut. I misplaced the rear rather badly. Nonetheless it’s going to be the same in the rally so at the least, we discovered out what can occur. I correct should be the truth is forward pondering on the rally to raise away from making such a mistakes.

Q:
Your co-driver has received this occasion previously and has been on the podium over and over, in Sweden. Has he been ready to provide you with any insights, given you any perfect advice?
TS:
Presumably no longer for this rally for the reason that conditions are so assorted now. However yes, it’s continuously perfect to dangle a terribly experienced co-driver with me.

Q:
Mr. Breen, the choice up for Rally Sweden came rather late in the pasy days I be mindful. Focus on us thru what came about whenever you bought the choice and the blueprint in which you felt at the time.
CB:
Yeah – remaining minute dot com. It became as soon as a Monday morning after Monte and an excellent mobile phone name to catch as continuously. To catch a possibility to be support in a World Rally car over again is continuously one thing that myself and Paul were searching forward to. Presumably loads earlier than what I expected. It’s good to be support right here over again and I treasure riding this car, I feel very particular and irregular to catch the likelihood. There are no longer many seats in the FIA World Championship anymore to force a rally car so I’m one among the very lucky few. I intend to blueprint the most of it.

Q:
You’ve had gigantic results right here previously, nonetheless 2nd in 2018 became as soon as your simplest result right here. I do know conditions are entirely assorted, what are you able to catch this time round? Has the crew given you a selected notion this weekend?
CB:
Yeah entirely assorted than the remaining time I became as soon as right here. Peaceful, continuously gigantic reminiscences from the rally. I’m right here to acquire aspects in the manufacturers’ Championship and to be there to take dangle of up if there are any unforeseen incidents in entrance of me so that’s my main goal. If I will be able to catch a first fee job for the crew, I correct are searching to catch support and catch more probabilities in the car. It’s complicated, whenever you don’t dangle so great riding round in the car. I haven’t been in the car since remaining year, I became as soon as in the Metro for the remaining couple of weeks, after which you’re thrown support into the World Rally car over again. It’s complicated. These guys are in the autos so commonly and it’s no longer easy to correct soar in in the Shakedown and correct be flat out nonetheless I correct are searching to experience this as simplest I will be able to.

Q:
Enact you know the blueprint in which many more events that probabilities are you’ll moreover potentially catch this year?
CB:
My blueprint is to leave the crew with the possibility to raise us all of the time. I are searching to be right here. I are searching to raise a witness at dangle myself and Paul in the car as great as possible. I made it very sure that Andrea performs the crew treasure a poker game and he desires to establish the ideal playing cards forward every rally and it’s as a lot as myself and Paul to reveal we are a first fee decision for the rallies the comfort of the year. In some blueprint, it’s in Andrea’s and the crew’s fingers to catch what they’re searching to catch. However he can relaxation assured that I’ll be willing, he can name me on the Monday of the rally if he desires to and I’ll be sitting there willing.

FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Fresh:
Ole Christian Veiby (NOR), Hyundai Motorsport N
Pontus Tidemand (SWE), Toksport WRT

Q:
Ole Christian, you were the quickest R5 car right here remaining year winning the FIA WRC 2 class. Pleasurable reminiscences from remaining year, I’m fine you make a selection to recapture that spirit this time round?
OCV:
Fully. Home occasion and, yeah, it feels gigantic to be right here. I deem now we dangle some sure learnings from Monte-Carlo. We hit upon that the car is working effectively. We did some perfect take a look at days earlier than this rally so I deem we feel the truth is, the truth is willing. And it feels perfect in the intervening time and for fine it’s perfect to bring some perfect emotions from remaining year, regardless that it became as soon as somewhat assorted from this year. It will be a assorted worry this year when put next with what we are feeble to nonetheless it indubitably’s somewhat stress-free as effectively, it’s no longer treasure you know every thing so it’s going to be a mountainous worry.

Q:
It’s no secret that conditions are vastly assorted from we’ve seen, nonetheless as a rally driver you make a selection to adapt to those. And that’s a mountainous worry in itself, isn’t it?
OCV:
Sure it is miles and effectively, we noticed already on the Shakedown at the present time, this morning, that I deem it became as soon as fresh for everybody, we haven’t accomplished this sooner than. We don’t the truth is know the blueprint in which it’s going to behave, how tyres are working and so forth. So it’s going to be somewhat assorted nonetheless to be appropriate, I deem the levels survey perfect. It looks that the organisers dangle accomplished a terribly perfect job to put collectively the levels along with possible. So yes, we’re searching forward.

Q:
How complicated is it to shuffle in with a technique for the occasion whenever you make a selection to play it by ear, I wager, with the conditions changing?
OCV:
It is some distance somewhat complicated, attributable to on the total you know every thing, you know that probabilities are you’ll brake on this braking level, you know those form of issues. Particularly on the levels, you know from sooner than and it’s going be loads assorted, you don’t dangle any snow banks to lean on so, you the truth is should elevate it steady and in the course of the avenue otherwise you’re at the moment out. It is possible you’ll well moreover make a selection to raise away from the mistakes and I deem moreover the mountainous cuts and the mountainous stones.

Q:
Sounds treasure brilliant advice there. Pontus, you’ve received this class sooner than as effectively nonetheless it indubitably is going to be a assorted worry this year – are you willing for it?
PT:
Sure, we had a first fee take a look at and it’s the truth is stress-free to be right here. For fine I deem this would possibly well well be very no longer easy, I indicate, when the rally is shorter and I’m rather fine this would possibly well well be… I indicate it’s more treasure a scamper rally and I deem this children round me right here, Mads and all people, will push entirely most from the principle stage. So I deem this would possibly well well be rather intense and that will effectively be engaging.

Q:
What became as soon as the sensation at Shakedown, became as soon as it a first fee indication of the blueprint in which it’s going to feel for you?
PT:
The feeling became as soon as perfect, the car became as soon as feeling unheard of to force so it’s correct to raise a witness at and arrange the tyres whenever you’re on the gravel sections. And then, whenever you catch onto the ice, this in overall is somewhat tricky, nonetheless anyway now we dangle more tyre becoming now. And I deem we are able to search recordsdata from some ice on the levels so I deem this would possibly well well no longer be any worry. We are going to provide you with the likelihood to correct shuffle out and strive to push from the origin.

Q:
How many events would possibly well moreover we presumably hit upon you at?
PT:
This, we don’t know yet, it in overall is a complete championship or it will most sensible possible be this rally. We elevate this rally and we can elevate an analysis after this and hit upon what we can strive to shuffle forward with.

FIA WRC 3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Fresh:
Oliver Solberg (SWE)
Filip Mares (CZE)

Q:
Oliver, you’re very great at your establish occasion right here in Sweden, what is your pondering earlier than this occasion, how catch you deem it’s going to be on the market?

OS:
Effectively, it’s going to be a charming rally for fine. I deem it’s going to be Monte-Carlo 2.0 the truth is – hit the gravel first after which you dangle got no studs for the ice. It would possibly well most likely well per chance effectively be engaging. It’s going to be a long weekend, quiet it’s very rapid kilometres so it’s no longer going to be easy.

Q:
Clearly, your father Petter Solberg, has received this occasion sooner than. Has he been searching to provide you with advice, does he should provide you with advice anymore?
OS:
Effectively, he doesn’t dangle any experience of such a conditions so he doesn’t the truth is know what form of recommendation he should quiet give me for this! However for fine, there’s continuously some advice for every occasion. He has so great experience with the car setup and this for assorted conditions. So we’re correct working collectively all of the time and strive to catch our simplest.

Q:
What has been the largest learning curve to this level, coming into into the FIA WRC, would you verbalize?
OS:
The rallies are great longer, so for fine, it’s about searching to raise the consistency thru the total occasion. And k, this rally is more treasure a scamper, nonetheless quiet you make a selection to shuffle flat out from the principle meter. I deem overall, it’s correct consistency though the long occasion.

Q:
Just a few drivers dangle talked about this nonetheless going flat-out is going to be complicated whenever you’re hitting ice and not using a studs.
OS:
Sure, for fine and moreover the cuts and mountainous rocks and the gravel would possibly well effectively be rather unfastened in the discontinue of the day. So we can hit upon. However we can correct make a selection to raise a witness at and catch the rhythm very rapidly after which no longer elevate any dangers with mountainous rocks and mountainous cuts attributable to it’s very easy to catch a puncture.

Q:
At remaining, then, the same I asked to Pontus: what is your stout agenda for this year, what number of events are we going to survey you on?
OS:
Effectively, at the least six rallies with the Škoda, and we kicked off Monte-Carlo with the Polo. So we’ll hit upon what number of events we’ll catch with the Polo nonetheless at the least we catch six with Škoda.

Q:
Filip, welcome to the WRC! Your first occasion as segment of this championship and a spacious worry
forward. How are you feeling?
FM:
Emotions are very good. It’s for me a pleasure to be on this competition and alongside with drivers treasure Pontus and Oliver. For me it’s good to be segment of this family. And for fine, I’m awaiting the levels attributable to it seems to be to be very good and it is miles also perfect experience for me.

Q:
What’s the notion of attack then, this weekend from you?
FM:
It’s no longer easy to say in the intervening time attributable to it’s my first ever WRC rally and as effectively my first “snow” occasion. However for fine this would possibly well well be tricky, this would possibly well well be very rapidly potentially, so let’s hit upon how we can elevate this tempo. To be appropriate I’m hoping we are going to be on a first fee tempo.

Q:
How many events are you going to be doing?

FM:
We are going to provide you with the likelihood to hit upon after this rallu nonetheless we hope for six events in the WRC 3 championship.

FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Fresh:
Fabio Andolfi (ITA)
Tom Kristensson (SWE)

Q:
It’s a assorted direction this year Fabio, disclose me about the fear forward for you.
FA:
Howdy all people, this rally for me is fresh and my first time in Sweden. This would well effectively be very no longer easy with these conditions. The levels are just nonetheless very rapidly without or correct with a bit bit ice. This would well effectively be very complicated. And it’s my first time with the Ford Fiesta R2 – complete fresh.

Q:
How are you finding the car, what are your suggestions after Shakedown with the car?
FA:
My impression after Shakedown is that the car is terribly competitive. Now I’m going to hit upon on the levels.

Q:
Tom, you potentially did so effectively remaining year. It became as soon as nearly the title, nonetheless no longer rather. Pleasurable to be support this year?
TK:
Sure for fine, and I’m the truth is overjoyed to be right here. It’s the 2nd time I’m riding Rally Sweden. I deem right here’s rather sure for me attributable to I dangle less experience on snow and ice so I’m the truth is rather overjoyed about this. And it’s moreover getting sooner which is basically sure: I treasure it, and the car is basically perfect, every thing works effectively. So Im’ the truth is awaiting a fresh season, the 2nd time in the championship. And It’s moreover my remaining so I’m going to shuffle for it.

Q:
What are you able to catch in a different way this year to verify the title is yours?
TK:
As you said, it’s a fine championship with a assorted aspects machine. My worst rally remaining year became as soon as a Third establish which I counted away, so at the discontinue I had two 2nd areas and two wins. In the championship, I don’t deem I will be able to catch great better than that. Nonetheless it’s about the stage wins and that’s what I’m working for.

Q:
Opinion of attack – is it the same as all people else is announcing: flat-out attack, or does it require a sensible head?
TK:
The rally is shorter so now we make a selection to shuffle a bit bit sooner in the origin I deem, otherwise there would possibly be not any longer so many kilometers. We wish to shuffle for it from the origin I deem and that’s the notion, to be appropriate. However no testing, no longer even one centimeter, no experience since Rally Sweden so this would possibly well well be tricky to search out the ethical setup. However I’m going to work for it, for fine.


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