WRC – E. Evans: “The auto changed into working successfully, that gave me the self assurance to push.”


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Transcript of the submit-match press conference organised by the FIA for the 2020 Rally Sweden.

2020 WRC - Rally Sweden - Elfyn Evans & Scott Martin (DPPI)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Fresh:

1st – Elfyn Evans (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

1st – Scott Martin (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

2nd – Ott Tänak (EST), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

2nd – Martin Järveoja (EST), Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

3rd  – Kalle Rovanperä (FIN) Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

3rd  – Jonne Halttunen (FIN), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Tommi Mäkinen, Team Essential, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Q:

Congratulations for your 2d FIA WRC clutch, Elfyn. How attain you may per chance per chance perhaps perhaps successfully be feeling?

EE:

Happy! It’s been a extraordinarily valid weekend. We came and we chanced on a valid feeling in Shakedown, even though we weren’t sure how that will successfully be. We came with valid phases and the automobile changed into working in actuality successfully. That gave me self assurance to push the diagram in which I did. At the dwell, the end result is in actuality valid. I’m happy.

Q:

What changed into that closing stage devour?

EE:

Refined. I changed into half of the mindset to search out a valid rhythm and then take into yarn some [Power Stage] aspects, however I gave that up straight away. To rob aspects would imply taking some probability. There changed into a portion of gentle stuff approach the starting, this changed into quite tricky for the tyres and the puncture probability changed into quite mountainous. I felt devour I may per chance well perhaps comprise to perfect power devour I important to attain to construct up the clutch.

Q:

You’re the championship chief now, how attain you may per chance per chance perhaps perhaps successfully be feeling about Mexico?

EE:

We’ve had two specialist events. It’s valid that we’ve been ready to capitalise on each of them and I pronounce Mexico may per chance well perhaps perhaps also also be specialised as successfully. But then, gravel kinds the massive majority of the championship so we now comprise to construct up our teeth into the feeling of the automobile in there. Let’s hope it goes as successfully because it did on the first two.

Q:

First on the aspect road in Mexico, that’s going to be racy?

 

EE:

Not if it rains. There’s frequently hope…

Q:

Scott, your first FIA WRC clutch – how does that in actual fact feel?

SM:

I’m struggling to attain befriend to phrases with it to be perfect. It feels unattainable and it feels so valid for the team. Elfyn drove beautifully all rally, we led from initiate to whole and devour Elfyn acknowledged, that final stage changed into not the most keen. The others had been intellectual, we had a mountainous rhythm and saunter. It changed into a pleasure to be within the automobile, even though it changed into a shrimp nerve-wracking on the final stage. When I purchased the radio message [after the stage] and I may per chance well perhaps well hear the overall team cheering, I more or less half-knew [we’d won]. But when Kaj [Lindström] acknowledged we had gained, that changed into the affirmation. It’s taken a whereas to construct up the first, however I’m sure the 2d will attain a shrimp quicker!

Q:

You and Elfyn comprise gelled successfully with the team. Has it been easy?

SM:

From the skin, per chance it looks easy, however a form of work has long gone in. The team’s had three contemporary drivers and the team’s carried out lot of work at the befriend of the scenes. We had a valid end result in Monte, per chance not the very ultimate one, however two automobiles on the rostrum right here’s a ultimate initiate. There are a form of rallies ahead and lot of work to aid that going. One clutch out of the diagram in which, we came shut final 300 and sixty five days – we will kick on from right here.

Q:

It’s a rare day to behold a British crew on the pause step of the Rally Sweden podium…

SM:

It’s mountainous for the game, mountainous for the UK, which is a mountainous fragment of the history of the game. Here’s a varied match, it’s someplace the Scandinavians comprise carried out totally and the Sébastiens [Loeb and Ogier] had been mountainous right here, however me and Elfyn had been collectively perfect over a 300 and sixty five days. The more rallies we attain, the greater it feels. I assume right here is our 13th match collectively. Perchance it’s lucky quantity 13!

Q:

Ott, happy to construct up aspects on the board?

OT:

I’m happy to be right here, to at final dwell a rally this 300 and sixty five days. After Monte, it’s been glorious to attain befriend befriend within the automobile. It’s been in actuality restricted seat time within the automobile, it changed into quite a walk at the initiate of the 300 and sixty five days. I’m sure this week indubitably gave us some more. No lower than we now comprise some knowing of what’s going on and now things are loads more interesting.

Q:

How powerful comprise you had to adapt to the prerequisites?

OT:

Total, the organisers did a valid job. A week or two ahead of, it gave the influence very unhealthy to rob the resolution to walk the match. It’s been not easy however I imagine what’s been carried out is the correct resolution. I don’t know if there had been any drivers complaining. The phases had been excessive-saunter and difficult, however it performed out correct adequate with the tyres and every part. We had no possibility to attain any longer phases, however the overall phases walk had been in valid situation. The organisers comprise carried out totally.

Q:

What are the strengths of the Hyundai?

 

OT:

I’m indubitably adapting, it’s step-by-step. This automobile is a varied automobile to the two outdated ones, it’s indubitably per chance taking a shrimp of time, however this weekend changed into a valid ride and I’m beautiful assured many areas will pork up and recover – these are that you just furthermore mght can imagine to attain. I’m having a gaze forward.

Q:

Martin, how changed into it for you?

MJ:

Love Ott knowledgeable you, it’s valid to whole the rally. This changed into a suited weekend – a valid weekend. Every rally we carried out with Hyundai we are on the rostrum – that’s valid! We desire dwell to the rally, however we silent comprise to learn the automobile and the team. We desire to push forward and take into yarn forward to Mexico.

Q:

How did you may per chance per chance perhaps perhaps successfully be feeling after Monte?

MJ:

I in actuality feel no distinction after the pre-match take a look at, I even comprise the self assurance we each are ready for the rally and the outcomes hide that.

Q:

Kalle, your first podium – how changed into that final stage? The handiest of your occupation?

KR:

I assume so, yes. I assume it changed into the handiest stage I even comprise carried out. It’s been quite stressful at the new time, however I felt I changed into quite easy on the gravel portion so then I pushed on the snow – it paid off.

Q:

The boldness is valid now?

KR:

It’s quite a extra special feeling within the automobile. It’s doesn’t in actuality feel too powerful on the limit. There had been a pair of mistakes stalling the automobile, however those are perfect things I comprise to learn from the contemporary automobile. No lower than, I didn’t attain them after two instances and never any longer. The feeling is in actuality glorious.

Q:

And how does it in actuality feel to beat your six-time FIA World Champion team-mate?

KR:

It’s a extraordinarily glorious feeling. I didn’t demand to in actuality feel so valid within the automobile, talking Jonne [Halttunen, co-driver] he acknowledged it changed into per chance not adequate. But it absolutely changed into and I changed into happy.

Q:

Jari-Matti Latvala is the youngest ever winner of a FIA WRC spherical at 22, are you able to beat that?

KR:

I don’t know, however obviously I even comprise to are trying and beat – it’s a truly prolonged time ahead of I accumulate to that age.

Q:

Jonne, your 2d match and likewise you’re on the rostrum – did you imagine it shall be this swiftly?

JH:

To be perfect, no. The recce and Shakedown had been valid with a valid feeling. We attain our handiest and it looks OK.

Q:

How changed into that closing stage as a co-driver?

JH:

Within the final straight, I acknowledged I didn’t assume it changed into adequate, it felt too sluggish within the first fragment where we made some mistakes. But time-clever it changed into very glorious.

 

Q:

Any predictions for 2020?

JH:

I am hoping we will close on the aspect road. For sure there’ll likely be some mistakes, we are silent learning. We don’t frequently know what we are doing or is that this hasty? I am hoping we will perfect assist on learning.

Q:

Tommi, snarl us about this improbable weekend…

TM:

Fully – this changed into better than we expected. We’re all smiling, all very proud. Now we comprise a contemporary crew in Elfyn and Scott who comprise the functionality to clutch the title and we now comprise Kalle and Jonne following at the befriend of. We can not be better than happy – we give them maximum assist to proceed. There are a form of valid tips to aid them and allow them to attain even better.

Q:

Did you demand Elfyn to be leading the championship after Sweden?

TM:

I knew that in Monte, the efficiency changed into a bit of bit gorgeous – how hasty and how mercurial Elfyn changed into ready to search out the automobile to high-tail hasty. I assume this changed into the surprise for every person. In Monte, with the prerequisites, we knew he’s been very valid. Here in Sweden, that changed into an unbelievable bigger surprise, I assume his self-self assurance is at a beautiful excessive stage.

Q:

And what about Kalle?

TM:

We changed a shrimp the location up on the final prolonged stage and that gave the self assurance to high-tail hasty. That changed into the end result on excessive-saunter stage – they hide us what’s going on.

Q:

How changed into that Energy Stage?

TM:

Take into accout that, it changed into the most fun Energy Stage ever. I’m able to affirm this 21km prolonged stage changed into very laborious carried out – I may per chance well perhaps well understand moreover for Harri [Rovanperä] it changed into, I assume… it wasn’t an effortless stage for him!


FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Fresh:

1st – Mads Østberg (NOR), PH Sport

1st – Torstein Eriksen (NOR), PH Sport

Q:

Mads, congratulations for your 2d successive FIA WRC 2 clutch. How changed into it?

MO:

It changed into entertaining to power a lovely varied match to the previous. The phases had been glorious and prerequisites not too improper. For us, we may per chance well perhaps well perfect delight in the wrestle with a form of hasty R5 [Rally2] automobiles – we wanted to be on it all weekend and I’m happy to whole on the pause of our category.

Q:

How easy changed into it to adapt?

 

MO:

Every so often, it changed into racy to clutch the grip. I imagined from the previous that the gravel shall be the most tricky, the most slippery and racy to clutch. We realized because the weekend went on. I assume it’s a truly prolonged time since ‘ve  realized so powerful in a weekend.

Q:

But your self assurance is building?

MO:

Yeah. We knew the first two events may per chance be the most racy for us, however we now comprise two an whole lot 25 aspects. We’re happy about that, however we desire to be the fastest R5 [Rally2] automobile as successfully. There had been some in actuality hasty Finns and I changed into not happy adequate with my automobile. Not happy adequate to power hasty adequate – we perfect couldn’t attain it. I would comprise had to high-tail over the limit and it changed into not physically that you just furthermore mght can imagine to raise them on the hasty elements and I may per chance well perhaps well not rob adequate befriend on the technical elements.

Q:

How changed into it from your perspective, Torstein?

TE:

I’m proud of the end result, however frequently we desire to be quicker – right here is something to work on. To recover, we desire this more or less things to work from.

Q:

Were you distracted by the prerequisites?

TE:

It changed into a shrimp spicy to high-tail away the lodge at 1100 this morning, however we close centered and labored at 100 per cent within the phases. It changed into unattainable and mountainous to delight in this with so many company and family on the phases.


FIA WRC 3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Fresh:

1st – Jari Huttunen (FIN)

1st –  Mikko Lukka (FIN)

Q:

Jari, mountainous end result for you – and a mountainous war within the final stage?

JH:

The feeling changed into in actuality valid and I’m in actuality happy to be fastest R5 [Rally2] right here. It’ been racy – we’ve had the disclose with the oil sump, we lost nearly about all oil [on Saturday] and on Friday, we had mountainous concerns with the equipment draw – however the saunter is in actuality valid now.

Q:

Refined dine stage, had been you on the limit?

JH:

It’s racy to affirm I changed into on the limit since it changed into particular in some locations – an whole lot ice. But it absolutely changed into coming quite successfully. There are frequently some moments in these prerequisites.

Q:

What’s the thought for the 300 and sixty five days?

JH:

I will power the Polish Championship, Rally Finland and optimistically some more.

Q:

Mikko, how did it in actuality feel within the automobile?

 

ML:

It changed into so glorious because your tips is centered the overall time. That helps loads.

Q:

And that closing stage?

ML:

I snoop on my have work, that’s the handiest intention!


FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Fresh:

1st – Tom Kristensson (SWE)

1st –  Joachim Sjöberg (SWE)

Q:

Tom, exchange as unheard of – befriend on high step after a ultimate weekend!

TK:

I’m so happy to be right here, there’s been a form of work carried out. Lastly, we are ready to birth the season. I didn’t power for one centimetre within the take a look at – I prepared myself with saunter-snarl notice, however not one km within the automobile. This changed into a prolonged day outing of the automobile. Then I didn’t power Shakedown to assign the tyres – we had a valid intention for the rally. We had no tests so it changed into quite tricky within the first stage. I acknowledged to the team to give it three corners to construct up the feeling, however I determined to high-tail for it after two! We started every day in actuality successfully, we accumulate some gap on the stage wins in some mountainous prerequisites right here. We had a form of fun and the end result is a dream coming correct all over again.

Q:

Which you’ll seemingly be Swedish, however you don’t attain powerful snow riding…

TK:

Yeah, I dwell 600km south of right here, so we don’t comprise powerful snow at dwelling.  We desire to high-tail a long way to power on snow, however I chanced on the grip and may per chance well perhaps well belief it.

Q:

How will you assist yourself contemporary ahead of the subsequent FIA Junior WRC spherical?

TK:

To accumulate to the rally is a form of work, are trying ranking budget for the rest of season… I will are trying and power something at dwelling, that’s the principle thing. I even comprise ride of Sardinia, Finland, Germany and Wales – that will likely be adequate!

Q:

Joakim, how does it in actuality feel?

JS:

It feels mountainous, we birth with the thought to push laborious from the starting – this paid off. We weren’t cruising, however at the new time’s phases had been the trickiest ones. We didn’t must push.

Q:

What’s it devour as fragment of the Junior ride?

JS:

It’s been valid, very interesting as a learning ride. This rally has been a form of ready and a form of sleep. It’s been OK.

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