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Transcript of the post-tournament press convention organised by the FIA for the 2020 Rally Turkey.

2020 WRC - Rally Turkey - 1st place E. Evans / S. Martin (Lenormand/DPPI)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Impress:

1st Elfyn Evans (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Group

2nd Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Group

3rd Sébastien Loeb (FRA), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Group

Tommi Mäkinen (FIN), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Group

Q:

Elfyn, a vastly dramatic day this day. You leer yourself with most points with regards to the private. How are you feeling accurate now?

EE:

Of direction, very gay. I would instruct it’s not the sweetest of my wins. You below no circumstances wish to amass in these circumstances. Of direction, it’s a ways sweet points and that is the reason what we got here here for. Fortuitously here, as we all know, it’s a ways a minute of a lottery. There’s ultimate so mighty you must to presumably presumably well also develop to steer that. This time, we had been on the accurate side of that. There had been eventualities within the previous the assign we had been on the darkish side of circumstances. I explain we wish to clutch that and be gay for it.

Q:

That first stage this morning brought about quite loads of drama. You purchased here by draw of unscathed. On the 2d stride, you did instruct that you thought you must to presumably presumably well also simply beget a puncture. Modified into that presumably being too wakeful of the sentiments within the auto and the noise?

EE:

No, I explain, shut to the begin, I felt about a knocks early on the rear. I true felt straight away I had a amount of corners the assign the rear used to be attempting to plod and I acknowledged to Scotty it felt fairly obvious. What I acknowledged used to be I am not obvious if we beget received a puncture here. Clearly, I carried on and it change into out we didn’t. It used to be all k at the cease.

Q:

All k at the cease, nonetheless how mighty of a tricky recount has it been this weekend?

EE:

It has been very tricky, pointless to claim. The necessary stride by draw of that long one used to be very sophisticated this morning. All individuals had mud at the starting assign and Kalle had a puncture in entrance of us and the gap used to be ultimate two minutes, so I used to be consistently in his mud then the final system to the cease and it used to be fairly sophisticated, you know, in and out of the mud, non-cease, with that many corners and that many things to hit. It used to be fairly disturbing, nonetheless gay that we got here by draw of in those situations.

 

Q:

Into the lead of the championship now with an 18 level serve. How serious is that at this level within the season?

EE:

It’s better that system than the opposite route round. I haven’t given it too mighty thought. Who’s aware of what is going to happen between now and the cease of the season. We know that, within the raze, one retirement and it’s a ways flipped on its head as soon as more. We wish to support our heads down for the next rallies.

Q:

Thierry, your below no circumstances-give-up spirit in actuality got here by draw of strongly this weekend. Disappointment clearly this morning nonetheless you salvage here back very strongly and sealed those 5 points as nicely on the Energy Stage. What is going by draw of your mind accurate now?

TN:

Clearly, there is replace disappointment accurate now. To be true, we had a terribly solid efficiency all weekend. The flee used to be there and we didn’t assemble any necessary mistakes and we had a vivid management of the tyres as nicely. Unfortunately, not all the pieces got here together this morning. We knew we had been going to clutch a leer at and power fastidiously within the stage and we had been precisely following our target. For many other drivers as nicely, ultimate fortune used to be not on our side and we received the puncture. We misplaced first jam, fought back to P2 after that and we took 5 Energy Stage points. I explain we wish to clutch the positives a ways flung from this weekend. We’re a minute closer to the lead of the championship. That used to be our necessary target. We’re mild ready to fight for the championship on the upcoming rounds. We’re P5 and beget a ultimate avenue jam for Sardinia.

Q:

In has been a irregular year and not many rallies. We’re not obvious what number of more there are to accelerate. So that you wish to support pushing available within the market?

TN:

At least, I am not a man to quit until it’s a ways mathematically completed. I am going to push noteworthy. I desire victories as nicely. I am hungry for more. We had been very motivated this weekend, in particular after the disappointments of Mexico and Estonia. I explain we deserved the private this weekend. But, clearly, it wasn’t ours. We glimpse ahead to the next tournament. The organisers and the FIA could presumably presumably well also simply mild in actuality clutch care of this mud recount. It’s not fantastic for someone. No one feels agreeable. It’s a topic of ultimate fortune how the wind comes to give you with a minute roughly visibility. Taking half in a championship in those situations shouldn’t be in actuality fantastic either. It’s a in point of fact noteworthy level nonetheless moreover I wish to dispute that it used to be very warmth within the vehicles this weekend. I explain the final other drivers agree on that. We had been complaining since long to acquire the side movie on the dwelling windows to be a minimal of a minute bit bit protected against the sun, in particular in such sizzling situations on such very late phases with no chilly air coming within the auto. It’s in actuality something we wish to focal level on. I acknowledged it to the opposite drivers and some spoke back the same. I felt dizzy at the cease of some phases and moreover getting out of the auto. It took 10-15 minutes to recuperate. I am bodily fairly fit nonetheless it undoubtedly is staunch too sizzling in those vehicles.

Q:

Seb, let’s flip to you now. On to the podium with third jam nonetheless what a dramatic weekend. But it change into out k within the cease?

SL:

At the cease, we’re mild on the podium nonetheless we had some u.s.and downs the final weekend. It used to be a in point of fact sophisticated rally. It used to be in actuality tough and intensely noteworthy for the tyres. So it used to be a surprise for me to manual the rally on the first day. I used to be gay for that. I started as rapid as probably to acquire into a ultimate rhythm to beget a ultimate avenue jam for the remaining. It used to be an overwhelming moment for me to be main after the first phases. Then it went a minute more sophisticated on the 2d day with the infamous tyre need within the morning and I misplaced a minute of contact with the lead. I tried to outlive with that. The 2d stride of the long stage, I destroyed my tyres as soon as more. Fortuitously not as mighty as Elfyn. I had the remaining of two tyres left for the remaining stage so we’d get back to 2d situation. At the present time, within the morning, we needed to begin flat out nonetheless with the mud we had, it used to be true amazing. The situations within the stage had been not driveable now and as soon as more and when I had the files that nearly each person had stopped within the stage, I tried to get a minute my power and not clutch any risks and not obtain a puncture. Then I moreover received a puncture! From the assign, this I don’t know. I didn’t feel anything else within the mud. Fortuitously, we restarted the fight until the cease of the rally and we had been ready to cease on the podium. It’s a mountainous result for me. I explain I used to be here to get the points for the Manufacturers’ Championship and the result for Hyundai shouldn’t be too infamous.

Q:

May perchance perchance beget to you went into the afternoon phases, you had been ultimate a handful of seconds gradual Sébastien Ogier. Did you back off when Ogier stopped?

SL

I didn’t in actuality back off. I didn’t wish to change the rhythm within the stage, so it used to be a combination between pushing and going across the stones. The situations had been too tough to accelerate 100%. It used to be in actuality a lottery within the first stride. I managed a minute nonetheless I don’t explain it would beget changed anything else. I could presumably presumably well not beget overwhelmed the two guys here with me. I explain it used to be a ultimate intention.

Q:

Are you any closer to intellectual what your subsequent tournament can be?

SL:

I beget mild the same question and mild the same resolution. We did not communicate more. It’s not the result we beget performed. I enjoyed and had replace enjoyable. I am proud to had been ready to fight with these guys. It doesn’t change the fashion and I beget not spoken with the workforce about the next rallies.

Q:

Would to secure to get back back this year?

DE:

I imagine, for obvious, whenever you cease a rally like this one. I had replace enjoyable within the auto. Why not?

Q:

Tommi, a Toyota private nonetheless it undoubtedly used to be a tricky tournament with replace dramas. Let’s talk about Elfyn first. How gay are you for him?

TM:

Clearly I ought to be very at ease with our workforce and what they’ve performed making ready a automobile for this roughly situations. We would leer they had been concentrated. At the present time Elfyn used to be the actual person of the weekend. He did some ultimate flee with controlling the tyres and all the pieces, and that is the result we beget in these unsuitable survival situations.

Q:

What came about with Sébastien Ogier this day? We saw smoke and flames. What went on?

TM:

The total weekend, he has been on the uncomfortable side. He could presumably presumably well private the rally. He used to be very rapid and used to be performing the day outdated to this totally. On the first and 2d loop, he had some gear transferring failure that dropped him down. He could presumably presumably well fight clearly. At the present time, at remaining, the engine leave him on my own within the woodland and that is the reason what we wish to analyze. I am sorry for him nonetheless I am obvious he’ll be very solid in Sardinia.

 

Q:

Elfyn has a ultimate lead within the Drivers’ Championship. You continue to manual the Manufacturers’ and prolonged that function nicely. How are you feeling about each and every championships heading into Sardinia?

TM:

We wish to develop our rallies whereas all the pieces is mild begin, pointless to claim. We beget a ultimate serve nonetheless Sardinia shouldn’t be primarily the most easy situation to be first. Elfyn can be first on the avenue and Seb 2d. I am not obvious what distance they’ve on the first day before they change the starting dispute. Anyway, we’re assured in those situations.

Questions from the floor

Reiner Kuhn – Motorsport Aktuell (GER)

Q:

What is your thought on the special situations that Rally Turkey offers and can simply you be taking a leer ahead to coming back in 2021?

EE:

I kind of vouch for Rally GB on the premise that it offers something curious and we presumably don’t obtain most utilizing enjoyment out of Turkey. But it adds something curious to the championship and is a recount nonetheless it undoubtedly shouldn’t be fantastic now and as soon as more. It’s miles the World Rally Championship and it’s a ways consistently historically more sturdy with the rougher events like Greece or Safari or something of this nature.

TN:

The rally itself is fantastic and delectable and I just like the profile of the phases. I beget consistently been rapid here so it’s a rally I private to get back back to nonetheless we wish to glimpse at the roughness and the situations. I explain the final phases can be pushed in actuality other than the stage of this day, the long one. There are some sections that ought to be minimize out. We would with out recount develop the first 10km and the remaining 10 or 15km and the heart share I explain you true throw out. It’s true too tough for the vehicles in this day and age, in particular on a rapid championship like this. To play your outcomes on ultimate fortune or not ultimate fortune is presumably a minute too mighty.

SL:

I obtain pleasure from utilizing here, the phases are fantastic. You might even simply beget some rapid and twisty sections and some tough and neat sections. You might even simply beget a minute of all the pieces. Fancy Thierry acknowledged, the long one is a minute too tough and too mighty a lottery. But, for the remaining, I obtain pleasure from to get back here.

TM:

It’s not easy situations and, pointless to claim, we all know what it’s a ways. Bright mighty lottery within the intervening time with the sizzling regulations. To be here is k, nonetheless I would imply unbreakable mousse tyres which can presumably presumably well assemble it equal for each person. Then, no-one would need to care about the punctures so mighty and not dismay about the tyres.

Bo Christer Bolfedt, Worldrally.se (SWE)

Q:

Right here is mainly the most easy season of your occupation. Two wins to this level. How are you feeling?

EE

It has been a obvious step in my occupation. I beget below no circumstances in actuality had a championship advertising and marketing campaign before. We made mountainous enhancements remaining year and some flashes of flee within the previous. It has began to get back together for us. It didn’t fairly accelerate our system with the broken back and about a infamous events. Becoming a member of Toyota has been a very good skills as nicely. I beget settled into the workforce and am enjoying utilizing the auto. I am mighty more gay to be preventing at the entrance.

 

FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Impress:

1st Pontus Tidemand (SWE), Toksport World Rally Group

Q:

Pontus, congratulations on your FIA WRC2 private. What are your thoughts after Rally Turkey?

PT:

I am gay to clutch this private here on Rally Turkey and gay to manual the FIA WRC2. It’s ultimate for the championship. It used to be a tricky rally nonetheless situations had been the same for each person. I used to be true shopping for mountainous points and we did it. I tried to be fairly cautious on the long phases to acquire primarily the most so there used to be not mighty to acquire pleasure from nonetheless it undoubtedly used to be all about being vivid. A mountainous thanks to the Toksport workforce and Škoda Motorsport for the solid and mountainous reinforce and providing me with a ultimate automobile. We wish to support going for the next tournament.

Q:

What are the plans now Pontus?

PT:

I will be back in Sardinia and I’m hoping I will clutch some skills from Turkey because, in Estonia, we had been not on a finest sprint. 


FIA WRC 3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Impress:

1st Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL)

Q:

Kajetan, a private in FIA WRC3. Try and be contented with this weekend?

KK:

Yes, I beget to apologise that my flee swimsuit shouldn’t be so neat. We had been working very noteworthy between phases. I am in actuality gay. It used to be a finest weekend for us. Lottery, gambling sport – we knew it from before. Now we did it after a substantial crash in Estonia. It wasn’t easy. It’s moreover fantastic to fight with Pontus. It’s like desires come honest. Imagine me, it’s a ways a pleasure. 

 

Q:

We saw such sprint from you in sophisticated situations. It be a must to beget felt very assured?

KK:

We received this rally remaining year and we all know you wish to push nonetheless, now and as soon as more, you wish to fetch compromise. Right here is Rally Turkey. Right here is considered one of primarily the most sophisticated rallies within the WRC. It be necessary to be a lucky man moreover at the same time. It’s irregular. That’s why I am proud to be with my workforce. Our automobile is terribly solid. Thanks for the Lotos Rally Group. It used to be an overwhelming weekend and I explain we deserve it.

Q:

When will we leer you as soon as more?

KK:

Of direction, in Sardinia. I focal level on WRC3 and this is our target.

Q:

It’s shaping up to be a involving fight within the championship, isn’t it?

KK:

We misplaced one rally nonetheless we below no circumstances quit.


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