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WTCR Skedaddle of Slovakia, Slovakia Ring, October 9-11

WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup, rounds 5, 6 and 7 of 16

pre-tournament digital press conference transcript

Circuit Lounge, Slovakia Ring, October 9, 2020

In attendance:

Yann Ehrlacher, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co

Esteban Guerrieri, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport

Norbert Michelisz, BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse

Jean-Karl Vernay, Crew Mulsanne

Q:

Serve on course and encourage at Slovakia the assign you’ve obtained within the past. How will you accept on this weekend?

NM:

To be objective I’m consistently rather confident arriving here. Must you return to final Twelve months and the Twelve months before it is advisable to perhaps perhaps respect we were consistently on pole here so this circuit is quite admire it’s made for the i20 N TCR. Additionally, I with out a doubt wish to claim the major moment I arrived here, when I force here, I realised I upright admire this circuit. I with out a doubt admire the format. One draw or the other it matches my utilizing fashion for the weekend so I am confident. If truth be told, you below no circumstances know the assign it is advisable to perhaps perhaps cease up against the assorted automobiles because it’s very grand opponents, very excessive-level automobiles and drivers so it’s very grand to invent a dependable prediction. However lets serene be staunch enough to cease within the tip six or prime five on the total.

Q:

In most cases we have a total bunch followers here with a giant entourage coming from Hungary. Unfortunately, we obtained’t have that this weekend or next but how staunch is it to have your two dwelling races so shut to every assorted?

NM:

It’s good. I changed into awaiting these two weeks with races on the Slovakia Ring and the Hungaroring since January. Then we had the prolong. I consistently talked about they are the nicest bustle events, encourage dwelling on the Hungaroring and here on the Slovakia Ring. Like you talked about, a pair of thousand followers be half of us and I with out a doubt wish to claim it’s a bit uncommon now. K, it’s a Friday, but on the total on a Friday you realize already folks gathering so it’s a bit uncommon but it’s the correct decision to stir without followers sadly, because, currently, it’s rather grand to withhold watch over the exclaim. I’m hoping they apply me from encourage dwelling and support me for the leisure of the season. We’re not in a straightforward situation but there are serene 12 races earlier than us.

Q:

Technically or not it could possibly perhaps be needed to discover 20 extra aspects than Yann Ehrlacher over every weekend to be in with the probability of defending your title but it is advisable to perhaps perhaps even be sounding gorgeous confident?

NM:

For me it’s not about doing the math now. We are going to have circuits the assign we can even be gorgeous tough. The vital factor is consistently to maximise the kit you have. We are going to have bustle weekends the assign we’ll have an accurate kit and then my purpose will be to fight for the podium locations. Then we’ll have races when we’ll be again a bit within the encourage of. For me the most factor is to be there the total time, staunch by the tip 10, and then upright to wait and respect. Except China final Twelve months I changed into consistently 40 or 50 aspects within the encourage of and then all staunch now we started to attain encourage and we’re serene very early. It’s 16 races and we fully did four. Other people build the mistake by announcing two weekends long gone and the championship is already over. However for me we serene have 12 races and anything else can happen.

Q:

To score here shut to winning nearly about on the Slovakia Ring against the simracers earlier this Twelve months. What are the possibilities of transferring that invent to accurate lifestyles?

EG:

It depends! It’s grand to claim how gigantic the possibilities are for us. We are going to have it a bit extra distinct tomorrow but I will bellow I am not that certain to be objective. I will bellow here Norbi wish to be indispensable happier than what we’re at Honda for the time being. However we’ll strive to fight with the weapons that we have but it’s potentially going to be a laborious weekend for us. Every thing can happen, it could possibly perhaps also rain on Sunday and that will perhaps even spice up a bit bit the weekend. This is succesful of perhaps also be a grand weekend in phrases of the efficiency of our car for glaring causes, the compensation weight and BOP and loads of others. However we’ll strive to build our easiest. When put next with the digital, that didn’t cease up very staunch here but we were in rather a grand aggressive situation and we had a objective correct time encourage then within the simulator. I request to have enjoyable this weekend removing the total political stuff, all what I am focused here is to force and abilities.

Q:

You touched on the climate and it appears to be admire we’ll have all our races here within the rain. How will that have an affect on what is already a busy day with the three races?

EG:

There are assorted drivers who’re moreover staunch within the rain, it’s not that I fully admire the rain. It’ll invent the conditions extra unpredictable for the drivers, for the living-ups, for the engineers. The climate is 70 per cent predicted to rain but it could possibly perhaps moreover be blended conditions and that will perhaps moreover be enjoyable for people staring at on TV because potentially there is extra battle. I don’t know what to request but I am prepared to present it my all.

Q:

Turning to Jean-Karl Vernay, it’s elegant to claim the Alfa Romeo changed into very tough on the Slovakia Ring final Twelve months. How indispensable of a boost is that for you?

JKV:

(In Italian accent): You respect I am awaiting a truly staunch bustle… can I communicate admire Tarquini now I’m half of an Italian squad I’ve consistently vital to build that after! Obviously they had giant results final Twelve months and clearly the auto changed into very rapid. We’re very certain but it’s moreover looking on the forecasts. It could perhaps possibly perhaps also rain admire Esteban talked about on Sunday and we’ll respect. However we accomplished the 2 most grand events for us and I’m awaiting the leisure of the championship. However we want to originate tomorrow, working successfully staunch by prepare and making an accurate qualifying. For the races we’ll respect but we’ve shown staunch tempo already and I’m giant-motivated for this weekend.

Q:

You’ve given us a sample of your Italian accent but how are you settling into lifestyles at Crew Mulsanne?

JKV:

(Answers seek recordsdata from in fluent Italian)

Q:

And in English please Jean-Karl?

JKV:

(In Italian accent): I upright talked about I’m very gratified living in Italia, and being half of an Italian team. I am smiling on daily basis and I look to build the most effective this weekend.

Q:

Something very gigantic is occurring in Copenhagen tonight. Can you inform us about your involvement in PURE ETCR?

JKV:

We had giant recordsdata to present to the followers after the Nürburgring that I will be doing the major season of PURE ETCR and I am very gratified that I in point of truth have the self belief of Romeo Ferraris to be the improvement driver and the major driver to be an ingredient of this unique abilities of electrical car. It’s fine. We’re going to have nearly about 700hp in this car and I upright can’t wait to force it. It strikes a chord in my memory rather loads of my DTM and Vast GT abilities, I upright can’t wait. It’s going to be mega and I followed moreover loads Arrangement E and I know a bit about how it works and I’m gorgeous certain Eurosport will build a suitable job to promote the auto successfully and I’m hoping the automobiles will be prepared as soon as that it is advisable to perhaps perhaps judge so we can fight against every assorted.

Q:

Let’s turn within the ruin to Yann Ehrlacher, the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader. You’re formally the hunted after that big design shut on the Nürburgring but you’re hit with maximum weight here so how is that going to have an affect on you?

YE:

It’s going to build for certain, we attain a range of weight when put next to the Nürburgring and Zolder when we were at zero, identical because the others. We are going to have a bit bit of a gap when put next to the opponents on that point. We were not with out a doubt tough at this music final Twelve months but I’m making an try forward. We are going to know a bit extra after qualifying. There are a range of things that changed since final Twelve months and with this compensation weight and all this BOP stuff going on. My job is to force and I will go all the things else up to my boss.

Q:

What’s it particularly in regards to the Slovakia Ring that the Lynk & Cos fight with?

YE:

We were not with out a doubt tough within the excessive-bustle corners and when we come here it changed into the major music the assign there were excessive-bustle corners and lengthy, lengthy straights. In truth that changed into our weakness. However we worked on that before the lockdown and a bit bit after with some take a look at days and we improved that point. I’m hoping this will likely perhaps pay this weekend.

Q:

It’s the major tournament of the season the assign we’ve had three races. How does this change your design in qualifying and moreover the races?

YE:

After Nordschleife lets have predicted that we could possibly had been scuffling with for pole. Here the cards are a bit bit blended and we have not any belief the assign we’ll be. In truth it’s maximising the aspects. I don’t know if this will likely perhaps be a fight to be within the tip 10 or we’ll be within the tip five. I have not got any belief. The target is to discover as many aspects as that it is advisable to perhaps perhaps judge and we’ll upright work on that in prepare and we’ll strive to build an accurate qualifying to maximise the aspects on Sunday.

Q:

And with the Hungaroring taking relate next weekend how will that have an affect in your capacity here?

YE:

We don’t have design. We’re pushing every weekend. We desire them as we attain and we upright wish to desire the aspects. Other people bellow it’s not vital to discover the most aspects first and fundamental assign of the season. It’s serene a lengthy season but what you’ve completed you don’t wish to build it again. We are going to desire the maximum aspects that we can and push from the initiating assign of the weekend to the cease.


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