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Transcript of the post-tournament press conference organised by the FIA for the 2020 Rally Italia Sardegna.

2020 WRC - Rally Italia Sardegna - D. Sordo / C. Del Barrio (DPPI Photo)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Imprint:

1st Dani Sordo (ESP), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Workers

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

third Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Workers

Andrea Adamo (ITA), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Workers

Q:

Dani, it’s the second time we explore you on the head step on the rostrum. What a weekend it has been for you and the draw in which are you feeling on the close of it?

DS:

That feeling that probabilities are you’ll possibly also have faith: I’m very, very happy, to eradicate the victory in the rally. On the close, it used to be a shrimp bit tight however we managed alright to eradicate a shrimp bit of income. This day, it used to be a shrimp more hard to apply these guys however on the close, we managed to rob so we had been genuinely appropriate.

Q:

A bit of of a scare genuinely this morning since you misplaced some time on that opening take a look at. Turned into it honest a case that you just had been now not that awake this morning or honest these guys that had been pushing so provocative in the again of?

DS:

I was awake since it used to be later that yesterday, which used to be genuinely early in the morning! But they had been pushing genuinely provocative and I was thinking throughout the phases that that they had a appropriate bustle. The grip used to be comparatively advantageous, that probabilities are you’ll possibly explore that the others had been pushing genuinely provocative. But on the close, we managed to salvage the victory.

Q:

How mighty strain had been you feeling on your shoulders going into that final stage below 10 seconds on your income?

DS:

It used to be now not easy because I did not desire to salvage any mistakes. I did not desire to lose this victory at all, I did not judge it and I honest made it.

Q:

Are we going to explore you on any rallies on the close of the 300 and sixty five days – possibly on the final round? Any news on when will explore Dani Sordo subsequent?

 

D.S.:

I salvage now not know. Now that Monza is going on, I salvage now not know if I will be there or now not. Anyway, I could be happy to be there.

Q:

Any news on 2021 for us?

D.S.:

On the moment nothing new. I would desire to be in more rallies.

Q:

Thierry, second draw, an exhilarating final day all all over again between you and Sébastien Ogier. It’s been an very unbiased appropriate fight nowadays, how intense used to be it for you?

TN:

It used to be intense all weekend, to be honest. I misplaced rather a form of time on the first two phases on Friday morning and all valid now, we had been ready to gain again a shrimp bit of time toward the chief. And since yesterday, I chanced on myself again in a tight fight, especially with Sébastien because we had been stopping for P2 and also closing on Dani, obviously now not as mighty as we would hang cherished and anticipated. But we had been light ready to shut a shrimp bit and have the lead ahead of Sébastien. Vivid Sébastien and from the automobile trip, we knew this morning at carrier that a extraordinarily intense fight used to be looking forward to us except any individual would salvage a mistake. And it used to be fortunately the obvious manner for us, we had been ready to location all all over again an dazzling time in the final stage despite a peril in the final 1.5km and we had been ready to trusty second location.

Q:

How serious is this consequence, salvage you’re feeling, for bouncing again in the championship with yet any other rally added throughout the weekend? What’s your thinking nearly about your title fight honest now?

T.N.:

It is miles clearly a sturdy consequence right here. I was unfortunately stopping with some technical problems on the first day as neatly and I misplaced from 10 to 12 seconds when the engine shut down twice in a leisurely corner. It possibly designate the lead and life would had been a shrimp bit easier with this gap on the final two days as neatly, however on the close; it is the draw in which it is. Now we hang executed the maximum we would. I feel sorry a couple of shrimp bit now not to hang chosen this final dumper version we had readily available after the take a look at ahead of coming right here to use it since the starting up of the rally and right here is where I misplaced time.

Q:

Peek advice from me about Ypres. We head to your location nation subsequent. You competed there ahead of, you know what it is like, how hard and difficult the weather will even be. It’s going to be attention-grabbing, I’m sure. What are your solutions?

TN:

Clearly I’ve never participated there in November, so will doubtless be one thing new, definitively. But I was also never right here in October and it labored neatly, so for instance that the rally would possibly also very neatly be diverse from what I’m outmoded to, however light, I mean, or now not it is veritably appropriate to hang some knowledge of the phases 300 and sixty five days after 300 and sixty five days and I do know the Belgian weather neatly.

Q: Seb, third draw on the close of the tournament. Serene appropriate elements in the catch for the title fight that is getting increasingly more attention-grabbing. How are you feeling after the fight nowadays, it did not comparatively trip your manner? How are you feeling after that?

 

SO:

Initially, I would desire to explain and give some credit to Dani because he is the kind of advantageous and honest man. You merely about feel inferior that he had to use this income being first however in actual fact he shouldn’t mentioned it too mighty and honest take note that he has been strong this weekend and that you just outmoded the foundations because it is. All people had the prospect to salvage it in the again and he used to be the preferrred one, so neatly executed, Dani, enjoy your victory and salvage now not are trying to decrease your victory. For me, the weekend has been a sturdy one. I did the entirety I could starting up P2 on Friday, I knew it used to be never going to be easy, 40% of the rally to salvage cleansing and that designate us a form of time, obviously. But, after that, we had been the fastest ones, we won a form of phases and that’s the obvious I desire to build in solutions. The final two rallies had been stunning instant and I started to feel better and better in the Yaris. In Turkey, it used to be the identical after 5 phases in the rally after which I had some problems. I contain on the moment that a shrimp unbiased appropriate fortune would possibly be advantageous, however that’s section of the sport, section of the sport. But I do know each and every champion would love unbiased appropriate fortune with him, I absolutely had some at some level in my career, honest now or now not it is kind of tougher however I’m taking it in a fab manner and take note the obvious about this weekend. Efficiency is there, we misplaced very shut to Thierry, all all over again on this half like two years ago, however over all all over again, I will sleep neatly tonight, I don’t hang any regrets. We tried the entirety, I was utilizing stunning mighty in the limits all morning, however this phases are always strong ones and or now not it is provocative for us to salvage any contrast. In verbalize that is the model it is, light some obvious relating to the elements, because we would hang loved to gain more elements for my rob, however light four is better than nothing and if these two rallies scheduled are occurring, which I hope, there are light loads of probabilities.

Q:

That is a extraordinarily comprehensive resolution on Sardinia, so I could now not interrogate you to any extent further questions about this rally, however I would desire to know your idea on Ypres and that probabilities are you’ll possibly also very neatly be going to be second on the avenue. Who’s aware of, that probabilities are you’ll possibly also very neatly be cleansing the motorway, looking on the weather (she laughs). What are your solutions heading into a tarmac round subsequent?

SO:

No longer mighty. I don’t hang any clue about this tournament at all. For sure I contain I will wish to salvage some preparation, peek some videos, are trying to be taught a shrimp bit what to search knowledge from, we’ll hang some assessments. The cleansing manufacture need to not be there, optimistically. I mean, if we begin to tidy the avenue on tarmac, then it starts to be very hard. We search knowledge from Thierry to be strong there, however I’m having a study forward to the peril. I will salvage the entirety I will be able to to rob this tournament anyway, despite the incontrovertible truth that or now not it is my first time. That is the model it is, I’m confident for the future – now not happy with the final two rallies however happy with my bustle on these two occasions. Now we alter to tarmac and the pleasure is there, or now not it is appropriate to enjoy what you salvage.

Q:

Relating to your plans and preparations for Ypres, you talked about, obviously, sorting out, however are there every other preparations that probabilities are you’ll possibly also compose now in phrases of getting your self familiar with the phases and what that probabilities are you’ll possibly also very neatly be going to reach again up in opposition to?

SO:

With the phases now not genuinely. Sorry I interrupted you however I mean… On the phases, we are obviously now not allowed to transfer there. I hope it used to be the identical for everyone, by the model…

Q:

What are you making an strive to explain, Seb?

SO:

Effectively, I salvage now not know, honest that the (Hyundai) Workers Supervisor is the organizer of the rally, or now not it is kind of weird. Anyway, I salvage now not desire to begin this debate. We are going to prepare as mighty as we can with the instruments we now hang in hand and explore what we can salvage.

Q:

Andrea, or now not it is a 1-2 for Hyundai this weekend, the second rob for Dani Sordo in Sardinia, elements in the catch on the Energy Stage also for Ott Tänak as neatly… How salvage you sum up this weekend on the island?

AA:

I allow to explain that it is a 1-2 and I genuinely had been contented with my Hyundai Motorsport crew. That is now not mine however I treat it a shrimp bit as if it used to be mine. There are 5 Hyundais in the first eight positions and it is impressive for me to explore one thing like this because I take note where all of this came from. We started prolonged ago in customer racing and all this more or less issues. This day is undoubtedly one of nowadays that that probabilities are you’ll possibly also have in memory and you insist “okay, we did one thing”. It is for Hyundai in rally, especially, a milestone, I contain or now not it is a consequence that has never been ahead of, so comparatively impressive for me and ambitious for Hyundai, or now not it is appropriate to carry the mood excessive for the future and that’s it, for sure. And coming again to your ask, to hang 5 in eight and 1-2, it has been a advantageous fight, some coronary heart assault moments, however it indubitably’s section of rallying, it’s section of the enjoyment.

Q:

Hyundai goes into the lead in the Manufacturer Championship as neatly. I do know each and every of the titles are so crucial, consult with me about your solutions on each and every these championships starting up with the drivers’ and the prospects there.

AD:

Subsequent 300 and sixty five days I will be fifty, I’ve been in motorsport for thirty years and I’ve viewed championships won by of us when few races ahead of they had been regarded as misplaced and vice-versa. I contain our job is to be centered 100% except or now not it is now not over and this has always been our technique. Consistently fight for it and nothing is over. We can salvage all that we can to again on this case, or now not it is preferrred Thierry the accurate one in Hyundai Motorsport that would possibly rob it, eradicate into story the priorities that that probabilities are you’ll possibly even hang honest mentioned.

Questions from the bottom

Ben Johnston, Paddockeye.ie (IRL) to Dani Sordo:

Q:

is there anything else that probabilities are you’ll possibly also pinpoint as to what makes this tournament the kind of sturdy one for you, is the total draw down to your preparation for the tournament in phrases of tempo notes, automobile location up and performance or the total above? What makes the tournament so successful for you?

D.S.

To be honest and obvious, I admire this rally and I contain very appropriate. We knew that in case that probabilities are you’ll possibly also very neatly be starting up in the again on the first day, that probabilities are you’ll possibly even hang an income in the championship. Whenever you happen to would possibly also very neatly be starting up in the entrance the avenue, it is diverse. We managed to eradicate a shrimp bit of income on the second day, we did a terribly appropriate day. If truth be told, nothing more. This rally is particular for this on gravel, it is veritably like this. On this one, Portugal and plenty rallies of this variety, I will be able to fight for the victory.

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (GER) to Sébastien Ogier:

Q:

It is obvious now that there are light two tarmac rounds to transfer, are there any take a look at rallies planned for you and your teammates?

SO:

Nothing genuinely on the moment. The schedules are all final minute even supposing we now hang spent six months with out so mighty dash. Now or now not it is genuinely packed all together, so I contain the crew is buying for a accurate opportunity to be ready, however honest now there will not be the kind of idea that I will be able to whisper. Like I honest stated, each and every opportunity imaginable to power the automobile and to prepare the rally would possibly be appropriate.


Marco Giordo, Autosprint (ITA) to Sébastien Ogier:

Q:

What salvage you have faith you studied relating to the inclusion of Monza?

SO:

It is colossal news. We had a rapid season so each and every tournament coming is welcome, rallying in Italy is typically a pleasure too. There’s a form of ardour for the sport in there. Monza is an iconic location for motorsport and I’ve never been there to participate to the Rally Imprint. I’m happy it’s now not genuinely a trace anymore, since it would possibly be a shrimp too light for a WRC tournament, however with one of the most valuable most phases planned in the Como condominium, I’ve heard, that sounds appropriate for me despite the incontrovertible truth that I don’t hang any idea about what to search knowledge from. This condominium is curious and I look after this section of the field, so I have faith these phases curious. I hope my imagination is honest and I’m having a study forward to be there.


FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Imprint:

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

Q:

Pontus, congratulations on the rob! It’s your first time on the island right here in Sardinia, serious elements for your championship hopes… How are you feeling on the close of the rally?

P.T:

For sure the feeling is acceptable. Maximum elements for sure, it’s genuinely appropriate for the championship . It wasn’t so easy to be right here for the first time and also to be the first R5 (Rally2) automobile on the avenue in the total rally however we had a appropriate and helpful device and it paid off on the close. For sure, we are very happy.

Q:

That is necessary in some occasions, will not be it? Some occasions are flat-out, for some or now not it is crucial to hang a more lustrous device… Any dramas this weekend, Pontus?

P.T.

No, I would now not insist that. The crew has executed an dazzling job with the automobile so no peril and a appropriate co-driver. The tyres had been working neatly, no puncture, so we honest salvage our issues. Nothing particular in verbalize that has paid off on the close.

Q:

Most often it is uncomplicated to salvage distracted in case that probabilities are you’ll possibly also very neatly be now not absolutely on a flat-out tempo since you had some mountainous gaps of time round. Did you glance that?

P.T.

Yes, always like this I genuinely had been on this space ahead of however we honest have on with our stragety that genuinely has to work out.

Questions from the bottom

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (GER) to Pontus Tidemand

Q:

What other rallies are you going to be doing?

P.T.:

Yes, the regulations insist that that probabilities are you’ll possibly also salvage as many rounds you desire and rely the 5 easiest. We can explore what is going to be in the following two rallies and what is going to happen.

Q.

Attain you have faith you studied there is a chance that probabilities are you’ll possibly also very neatly be genuinely doing the 2 occasions?

P.T:

I will be able to now not insist so mighty now, we can explore.

Q:

Attain you know if we got a clarification on how the FIA WRC2 elements scoring will be for this season? Is it the first 5 or one of the best of all 5 starts, and does that replace the technique after the weekend of the Turkey rob?

PT:

As I understood, that probabilities are you’ll possibly also salvage the total occasions however one of the best 5 rely and positive, for sure that changes the device a shrimp bit. It is light a prolonged manner to transfer for the championship whenever you happen to would possibly also very neatly be captivated with this.


FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Imprint:

1st Jari Huttunen (FIN)

Q:

What a weekend it has been for you on the island of Sardinia. It is miles a WRC3 rob, advantageous battles throughout the weekend on your class. How salvage you’re feeling with your advantageous consequence this weekend?

JH:

The feeling is genuinely appropriate, of course. No longer any mountainous mistakes, we had a puncture and we misplaced possibly 10 seconds, so I will even be genuinely happy. We did not genuinely push on this weekend however it indubitably went comparatively neatly.

Q:

It is miles a a must hang consequence for you in the championship peril, positive?

JH:

Yeah, it used to be a appropriate fight however I salvage now not know if I trip to salvage subsequent championship rallies anymore.

Q:

So that probabilities are you’ll possibly also very neatly be in doubt about Ypres and about Monza? When will you know?

JH:

Factual ask, I salvage now not know.

Q:

Are you hoping to salvage some more budget?

JH:

Yes, of course. Let’s explore what we can salvage.

Q:

Jari, I do know that probabilities are you’ll possibly also very neatly be looking forward to budget for these subsequent two occasions, however is there any planning for subsequent 300 and sixty five days yet?

JH:

No, I salvage now not hang it at all. With any luck any individual is aware of, however I salvage now not know anything else.

Q:

Whenever you happen to had to sum up your trip right here, how would you portray it?

JH:

First time right here as Pontus, it used to be genuinely hard however like I stated, or now not it is going neatly, in case you salvage now not genuinely push and the cases are now not that appropriate, however on the close the entirety is acceptable.

 

FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Imprint:

1st Tom Kristensson (SWE)

Q:

Tom, WRC Junior winner right here in Sardinia, colossal consequence for you, we hang viewed loads of drama right here in the Junior championship over the weekend. We wondered if there would possibly be any autos left on the close of the rally. It’s a success for you, uncover me about your weekend!

TK:

The experiences from final 300 and sixty five days had been very crucial, for sure, and the trip of utilizing with the Pirelly tyres has also been very crucial too. We had been ready to salvage a appropriate tyre device and that paid off straight from the first stage, genuinely, so genuinely confident with that one. There is actually a terribly particular feeling in entrance of this weekend because all people is aware of the Island, that is terribly hard, there a form of stones, very hard and slim locations, however there are also genuinely advantageous ingredients on the phases where that probabilities are you’ll possibly also push provocative and honest trip for a colossal feeling. So, neatly, we started very neatly and we honest continued utilizing and we had been helpful throughout the rally. On the close, we chanced on out that the automobile used to be struggling and there had been also technical problems and also some crashes. Additionally nowadays, we wanted to effect the close of each and every stage and honest are trying to compose it to the near eradicate the victory. I salvage now not explain I will rob a Junior WRC tournament with eleven minutes anymore.

Q:

I was honest going to explain that’s the kind of enormous margin of time, will not be it? This form of a must hang rob at this level for you: the stage wins as neatly obviously counts elements for the Junior championship. With one more round final, how serious used to be this rob?

TK:

I contain it used to be very, very crucial for sure. I mean, victory on the phases are also very crucial, we had these as neatly. Now we honest hang to focal level and salvage a extraordinarily appropriate preparation for subsequent tournament to salvage this more or less tarmac. There would be snow, gravel or muddy locations, so we can honest explore what is going to happen there. For sure, I will salvage my easiest and push for the victory in Junior WRC. That is my purpose.


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