WRC – Rally Mexico – Pre-match Press Conference Transcript


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wrc-–-rally-mexico-–-pre-match-press-conference-transcript

Transcript of the pre-match press conference organised by the FIA for the 2020 Rally Mexico.

2020 WRC - Rally Mexico - E. Evans / S. Martin

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Indicate:

Elfyn Evans (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team of workers

Esapekka Lappi (FIN), M-Sport Ford World Rally Team of workers

Dani Sordo (SPA), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team of workers

Q:

Elfyn, joint championship chief with Thierry Neuville as we head into Rally México. From what you skilled in the end of Shakedown this morning, how advanced attain you is probably feeling this is succesful of well also be to receive a lawful end result? 

EE:

It has been a lawful open to the One year. Obviously we are overjoyed to be in this case in decision to where I on the general am at this point within the season. It couldn’t be the ultimate avenue situation for me right here, nonetheless I silent wouldn’t alternate it. 

Q:

From what you’re going to need seen on the recce for day one, how mighty attain you’re thinking that you simply is probably going to be hampered?

EE:

I in actuality don’t know, to be factual. The three phases have a rather varied floor. But I in actuality don’t know what the stay is going to be. Of route, there will seemingly be a cleansing stay. We all know this when we power a gravel rally. We have now to glide searching for what the times issue. 

Q:

Most steadily, how modified into the feeling of the Toyota Yaris at altitude? I factor in you’re going to need been doing a colossal deal to prepare yourself physically for the altitude?

EE:

I feel, to be factual, the altitude aspect is now not so easy to adapt to. From what I am suggested anyway, you’ll need weeks at altitude to fully acclimatize so that you simply would possibly well solely rob an edge off, truly. It’s more lawful to receive outdated college to the warmth. We don’t receive so mighty in Wales in the end of December, January and February, so I enlighten we try and receive outdated college to the warmth and rob a gaze at and adapt as simplest as imaginable.

Q:

You’re the championship chief in a joint facets’ self-discipline. Right here is largely the most fine situation you’re going to need been in at this point of a season. Why attain you’re thinking that the alternate has map about with regards to your driving and self belief level?

 

EE:

I feel we had a terribly noxious season in 2018. Since, and in opposition to the tip of that One year, I began to keep in a pair of greater performances to alternate the model I did things a puny bit. It modified into starting to rob stay closing One year and it has been working for me up to now this One year. Presumably, now not to be rather as wild and focus more on the methodology in decision to retaining the dazzling foot down in each single agonize.

Q:

Esappeka, right here is your third match within the car after Monte and Sweden. Attain you is probably feeling now that you simply is probably at one with the Fiesta?

EL:

It has been lawful, to be factual. We had a lawful one-and-a-half of day take a look at and we managed to are attempting the total imaginable alternatives which were readily accessible, at the side of geometries, dampers, diffs apart from, so I feel the car is as lawful as it will probably simply additionally be.

Q:

It modified into a posh match for you closing One year, and you don’t have plenty of expertise of this round compared to the two guys sitting next to you, nonetheless what attain you’re thinking that you simply would possibly well cease right here?

EL:

I don’t know. There are repeatedly these questions where we need to know where we would possibly well be on the stay. So, we can stay fourth! (joking). I would possibly well be rather gratified after a laborious weekend to be in fourth agonize, to be factual. This weekend repeatedly brings plenty of drama. It is very disturbing for the autos and the crews and there could be a high puncture threat. I’m hoping we can attain well and with none drama.

Q:

Hundreds drivers attain things to prepare ahead of the match. I enlighten you all attain coaching to some level. Potentialities are you’ll well have gotten been doing a puny coaching, which is per chance a puny bit varied. We have now plenty of gravel phases and neat particular phases right here – 9 of them to be actual. What coaching have you ever been doing for the neat specials?

EL:

Ah, you intended that coaching….I modified into in sauna closing week. It is lawful coaching for the warmth. For the neat particular coaching, we had been driving on a glide-kart music with the rally car. We’re now not the solely team to attain this, to be factual. It’s silly. The music is clearly very slim for the rally autos, nonetheless I feel it modified into truly lawful practice. They have got never been my strongest phases. Okay, I received the first one right here closing One year nonetheless, on the general, they are usually now not my phases. 

Q:

How attain you now not lose time on the instant neat particular phases?

EL:

That is what I attempted to build up out…because I am repeatedly losing time. So it be major to keep a matter to these guys because they are repeatedly greater than me… 

Q:

Let’s put a matter to Dani Sordo about that, since you’re going to need hundreds expertise right here over the years. How attain you minimize time loss on such instant phases? 

DS:

I don’t know. I am now not the specialist additionally at this device of phases, especially the first stage on the unique time is rather a noxious one within the tunnels. For the open of the rally, and a lengthy rally admire this, it’s advanced to have these phases. The phases on the circuit are mighty more fun nonetheless the first stage of the rally is now not my decision. I will try now not to lose time for the reason that rally is truly lengthy the next day. 

 

Q:

Dani, welcome support to the championship! This is succesful of well very well be your first competitive time out within the WRC this season nonetheless you had been in motion Monte Carlo as a stand in for Thierry’s safety crew – a characteristic you’d attain again?

DS:

I feel Thierry received because he is hastily. Presumably we helped him a puny bit. Honestly, if I’m succesful of attain again, it modified into a particular expertise. No longer since you had to receive up early, nonetheless it modified into advanced to keep within the total ice and things. It is advanced to attain well. I’ve repeatedly known it’s advanced (job) nonetheless to keep the stress on, it’s advanced.

Q:

A colossal avenue situation for you right here, will we glance for you rob ultimate thing about that? 

DS:

It looks admire I even have basically the most fine avenue situation. Now I will try to attain basically the most fine, especially on the first rally on the first day. I open eight or 9, the closing of the World Rally Autos. This is succesful of well be lawful for me and I will try to rob ultimate thing about this. 

Q:

We have now seen you graduate over the years from the FIA Junior Championship to a tarmac specialist and then you definately had been colossal on gravel. Now that you simply would possibly well have a partial season, you seem to compose basically the most fine outcomes ever. How does that work? Are you maturing admire a truly top wine?

DS:

You fail to keep in mind I modified into right here 15 years sooner than…I modified into rather overjoyed with the car. These autos are very optimistic to power and faster. They give you varied of self belief. Our new car is additionally so lawful. I am rather overjoyed.


FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Indicate:

Nicolay Gryazin (RUS), Hyundai Motorsport N

Pontus Tidemand (SWE), Toksport WRT

Q:

Nicolay, your first ever Rally México, what have you ever even handed the expertise up to now? 

NG:

It is my first time right here. It is a long way a terribly optimistic nation and up to now a long way from Europe. This is succesful of well be a obliging weekend. I’m hoping to rejoice and revel in the flee and assign plenty of expertise because there are plenty of assorted roads. Altitude is rather high so we desire to retain the line and retain the flee for the corners. Nerve-racking, nonetheless I feel we can enjoy it and rob a gaze at to remain. 

Q:

How has the car dealt with across the Shakedown stage? Are you feeling the stay of the altitude?

NG:

The main feeling modified into braking into the nook and after pondering I’m succesful of glide mighty faster because it’s now not the same admire low altitude rallies. It modified into lawful at Shakedown. It modified into rather a powerful one. 

Q:

As fragment of the Hyundai team, I factor in Dani Sordo has been helping you out a puny and modified into within the car with you now not too lengthy within the past. Did he give you lawful recommendation?

 

NG:

Slump, we did one take a look at day with him and he gave me some advices and additionally I if truth be told have a lawful contact now if I even have one thing to keep a matter to. That modified into truly optimistic. We are now attempting to truly feel our agonize, admire in a apartment team and we can look for the device it goes in the end.

Q:

Pontus, Rally México offers up some colossal recollections for you because on each occasion you’ve been right here, you’ve received the FIA WRC2 class! The target stays the same this time around?

PT:

For distinct, I will try to preserve. I feel this rally has excellent me well and additionally the car. I if truth be told have a truly lawful feeling. I will try. Fancy repeatedly, this is succesful of well also be seriously warmth and it is a truly lengthy rally, especially if it’s halfway on the Saturday and you’re thinking that Sunday will lawful be easy. Then you definately can have the first lengthy stage on Sunday and that will seemingly be very disturbing and one among the toughest phases on the rally. This is succesful of well be attention-grabbing, I feel. 

Q:

This rally offers the kind of combination with the gravel phases and the neat particular phases apart from. On the shorter ones you would possibly well lose plenty more time than you request?

PT:

It’s honest. My understanding, I admire the neat particular phases. Right here is one among the things I admire on this rally. For me, it’s lawful optimistic. 

Q:

What prerequisites had been the phases in on the recce?

PT:

Very lawful, I would issue. In times sooner than, in 2017 and 2018, they are greater than sooner than. They’re completely willing so I am distinct tyre decision will seemingly be a puny disturbing and we can try to build up the dazzling decision and a tyre to continue to exist. It’s a truly tricky rally. 

Q:

Seek recommendation from us relating to the lengthy flee? Attain you’re going to want a clearer conception of the lengthy flee yet?

PT:

No. This rally and then we can look for. I’m hoping I’m succesful of map to Portugal. It’s lawful to be right here. I’m hoping to be on some more rounds. 


FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Indicate:

Benito Guerra (MEX)

Marco Bulacia Wilkinson (BOL)

Q:

Benito, you is probably one other driver who has finished success with FIA WRC2 right here in México. You’re within the FIA WRC3 class this time around. It need to elevate support particular recollections to be right here?

BG:

Slump, it’s succesful to be support at my home match Rally Guanajuato, and I am truly overjoyed to have plenty of contenders this One year. , customarily in México we are missing one of the most tip drivers in WRC2 and WRC3. This One year, there are plenty of them right here, so this is succesful of well also be a truly optimistic weekend and a truly competitive weekend. I am overjoyed to be support. We have now the Škoda we outdated college closing One year. We received right here in 2019. This time, I feel it’ll be a puny bit more advanced. But we’ll try…

 

Q:

You additionally had an stunning combat with the man next to you (Marco Bulacia) closing One year. Is that combat going to resume again?

BG:

I’m hoping so. Closing One year the combat with Marquito (Marco) modified into succesful. We had been stopping each single stage. I’m hoping now we have the same model of combat this weekend and I will try and beat him. Each single One year, you study one thing new. The phases are rather a akin to closing One year, nonetheless the warmth within the car and the ambiance within the rally repeatedly makes it so varied. Each single One year is a particular self-discipline and a particular model of drivers. We have now been right here in Production, in WRC and now in WRC3 – nonetheless it modified into WRC2 closing One year- and each single One year now we have a particular self-discipline to beat the assorted drivers. It would possibly probably well be advanced nonetheless I issue welcome to all of my fellows to México and I’m hoping you enjoy our rally. 

Q:

What programme attain you’re going to need lined up for this One year?

BG:

Closing One year modified into implausible and we carried out completely within the WRC2 Championship. This One year, we’ll try again in WRC3. I don’t know what is going on with this Coronavirus for the next events. I are desperate to be in Argentina nonetheless I don’t know what is going on. We can look for what now we have within the news after Rally México. 

Q:

Closing One year it modified into the Guerra-Bulacia combat, which modified into succesful to ogle. How assured are you that you simply would possibly well beat the man next to you this One year?  

MB:

Better than closing One year, because right here is my third time right here. I feel right here is the rally where I even have basically the most expertise, so we can try to beat him and additionally the assorted drivers. We have now 10 WRC3 drivers and this is succesful of well also be very laborious. The rally is additionally very a akin to closing One year. We are assured.

Q:

You will want to combat in opposition to the altitude and the lack of vitality. How attain you address that? Does your driving model alternate to adapt to it? 

MB:

It’s lawful the car. I am very outdated college to the altitude. Within the assorted fragment of Bolivia where we flee, it’s 4,000 metres customarily. However the car, for distinct, gets very gradual and, as Nicolay acknowledged, it’s very gradual to attain on the corners. Right here is the solely alternate.  

Q:

What’s the concept for you this One year and what is the arrangement?

MB:

For distinct, this One year we can are desperate to reinforce. My next match will seemingly be Argentina – nonetheless we don’t know. Portugal and Sardinia – we don’t know. We are desperate to flee because Argentina is the closest rally to my home and there are plenty of Bolivian spectators.


Visitor driver (non-precedence)

Indicate:

Ken Block (USA)

Q:

Ken Block, welcome support to Rally México. The Cossie World Tour continues in 2020 after its debut season closing One year. A fanatic array of events are lined up. What made you bag out México?

 

KB:

This match now not solely delivers colossal roads nonetheless one among basically the most fine atmospheres that I even have ever seen in a rally. I in actuality enjoy everything from the night phases tonight in Guanajuato to the phases out within the Wild West. They can receive rather rough. It is one among the craziest atmospheres of any rally within the enviornment and for that reason I am support. 

Q:

Potentialities are you’ll well have gotten a huge amount of Mexican followers. Is it loopy coming right here? Are you mobbed?

KB:

The Mexican followers are rather succesful. On this fragment of the enviornment, rally is so trendy and it’s very frosty to glide searching for. In The united states we don’t have a tenth of the followers now we have right here in Guanajuato. It’s very frosty to map support right here and to glide searching for how the town has grown and progressed since I began coming right here in 2007. I am very overjoyed to be support and it’s colossal to elevate the Cossie right here. But it’s additionally disappointing because we didn’t know how this altitude would influence the car. Right here is a nineties engine and it’s indubitably now not working that colossal at this altitude. It is what it’s and I will enjoy myself in spite of what. It’s colossal to be on the phases with all these very proficient drivers and colossal to glide searching for our chums and industry folks and the total WRC folks. My team and I are gratified to be right here. 

Q:

The Escort Cosworth is a 90s icon. Where did the total conception map from?

KB:

I am lawful a rally tourist within the meanwhile. I silent rob to be out on the phases nonetheless racing on the tip level is lawful now not real looking any more. I if truth be told have a family at home that requires plenty more time, so I am attempting to receive out and revel in it because I admire being on the phases. If I’m succesful of attain seven or eight events across the enviornment on some of basically the most fine rallies within the enviornment from right here to Unusual Zealand. That is lawful very frosty. I rob into consideration myself one among the luckiest flee car drivers within the enviornment. I will retain doing it as lengthy as I’m succesful of 

Q:

You are going to additionally be competing in Unusual Zealand later on this One year, one other fundamental FIA WRC match nonetheless this time in varied machinery, in an R5 car, in opposition to these guys?

KB:

I are desperate to return and revel in those roads. This time I will rob it a puny bit more serious that I would in Barbados and folks model of rallies. But, for me, it’s that I are desperate to expertise that high level car again on some of basically the most fine roads within the enviornment. I am truly having a gaze ahead to that.

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