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Transcript of the pre-event press conference organised by the FIA for the 2020 ACI Rally Monza.

2020 WRC - ACI Rally Monza - Atmosphere

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

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Elfyn Evans (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing

Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Toyota Gazoo Racing

Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis

Ott Tänak (EST), Hyundai Shell Mobis

Richard Millener (GBR), Crew Foremost M-Sport Ford

Q:

Elfyn, let’s delivery with you, our championship chief heading into the marvelous round. I do know you’ve answered this search knowledge from potentially about a million times upright now, but I deem it’s perhaps the marvelous time you would possibly perhaps be requested this weekend. How are you feeling, main the championship going into the marvelous round on the brink doubtlessly of your first championship deem? Is the pressure attending to you or no longer?

EE:

Feeling somewhat okay on the minute, clearly it’s honest accurate about getting my head down to web the operation accomplished and to be ready to begin, for certain. Obviously it is a giant job to construct, it’s no longer having a gaze devour it’s going to be that easy. With any luck, now we must honest accurate focal point on the job in hand and test out and web the many of the weekend.

Q:

I deem a form of folks notion, given the circuit nature of Friday, that perhaps this became going to be an easy marvelous round but it completely is no longer. Indubitably the climate prerequisites are making it somewhat an advanced headache I’d deem upright now. How became it out there on the recce in the snow on the present time?

EE:

Moderately refined clearly already, you realize. When we had the rain and it regarded a tiny bit more, a minimal of no longer dry, all the diagram in which through the circuit it became refined already but clearly with the snow it made the recce somewhat refined. Obviously novel phases for us so as that became refined on the present time. And then, the gravel sections are having a gaze somewhat attention-grabbing right here as effectively. So loads to assist us on our toes.

Q:

By map of the trying out you’ve accomplished ahead of the event, or any tarmac skills that you’ve had, is it out the window whereas you learn about this roughly prerequisites?

EE:

I deem now we must refer support to the Monte-Carlo notes, to be appropriate, to web anything else terminate to what we’ve got right here. I mean, we had a huge test day in the auto but it completely’s nearly unnecessary now having a gaze into this weekend. It became, you realize, stout dry and fantastic prerequisites and clearly we’re no longer going to perceive that. So we’re clearly honest accurate leaning on the work we did for Monte and Monza rally.

Q:

I requested you about the pressure. You know, you delight in a teammate who sat alongside you upright now, who is notorious at psyching folks out. The psychological demon that is Sébastien Ogier. Has he been trying any of his works on you to this point?

EE:

Smartly, no longer knowingly. Anyway, he would possibly perhaps very effectively be that appropriate that I don’t even comprehend it’s going on but, erm..

SO:

You don’t even gaze it, that’s, you realize…

EE:

No, he’s taking half in fantastic to this point, I deem. So yeah…no, he’s enticing. No disclose.

Q:

May perchance perchance well perhaps also you take care of it, though, if he turned into the pressure on you?

EE:

I don’t know. Most probably we’ll gather out later in the weekend.

Q:

It is a gracious weekend for a full bunch diverse reasons. Obviously the Drivers’ title, but the Producers’ title is up for grabs as effectively and so fundamental. How noteworthy is that in the support of your mind as effectively?

EE:

I mean, it’s the equal for each and each titles. Essentially they each and each depend on having appropriate results so it’s somewhat easy, for certain. We would favor to web our head down and test out and web the most productive results that you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to deem for ourselves and the team as effectively. So, yeah, honest accurate stout focal point on getting the most out of the weekend.

Q:

Good satisfactory Elfyn, thanks very noteworthy. To the psychological demon then (laughs), Sébastien Ogier.

SO:

I don’t know why all people asserting that.

Q:

Oh on sage of, attain on…If Jari-Matti became right here upright now, he would expose us all about it. Ott, I’m obvious you’ve had skills of what he can construct to you psychologically, yeah?

OT:

I deem it’s for certain that Jari-Matti you are talking about, perhaps.

Q:

Jari-Matti took the construct, I deem, bigger than any driver. Seb, you’re for certain guilty, as charged.

SO:

Then I hang terminate it…I hang terminate it.

Q:

Search the suggestion of with me about how you for certain feel, on sage of you’ve been in this space over and over when it is, you realize, coming down to it and or no longer it is famous to position your completely most productive show on. Do you for certain feel that you’re gracious of doing that this weekend, to hang terminate the title?

SO:

For obvious I judge in my likelihood and for obvious I’m going to construct all the pieces to compose it happen. But the fact is I’d hang to be in Elfyn’s space and delight in the fourteen factors lead. Sadly, things are no longer devour this so I for certain must take care of the disclose. But, you realize, having such an advanced weekend ahead I deem it gained’t be easy for somebody. But now we delight in no longer noteworthy to lose being 2d in the championship. For certain, you additionally mentioned the Producers’ title, which is severe and we are succesful of construct our most productive to additionally stable this title if we are succesful of. But, devour Elfyn acknowledged, each and each are linked. For me, for myself I want a victory this weekend and if I organize to cease that, this would possibly perhaps perhaps be big for the team. So, yeah, it’s a compulsory weekend but I deem we’re all blissful to be right here and delight in a possibility to construct this particular season.

Q:

How noteworthy of a various roughly event is this, on condition that we are essentially based on the circuit of the legendary Monza, after which we head up into the hills to just a few dazzling phases up there? They are going to honest no longer be somewhat so dazzling in snow, but how noteworthy of a incompatibility is it to what we in most cases delight in on a championship?

SO:

It’s giant incompatibility, but I deem that the combo of each and each makes a for certain first rate event and a for certain attention-grabbing disclose. I deem, you acknowledged firstly of the conference, perhaps some folks will deem going on a discover for a rally, it’s a tiny bit devour getting out of our roots and no longer for certain value it. But the fact is that with these climate prerequisites, it’s for certain perhaps more tough than the unusual rally. So I deem there’ll likely be a form of diverse climate prerequisites this weekend. Even right here heading in the correct direction, a form of mud, in the mountain potentially some very refined sections with some fog. Now we delight in viewed each and each days are refined and with the climate expected, it appears devour there’ll likely be some cloud to frightful at some factors, so as that can compose it refined. And additionally with the rain expected, the snow perhaps expected, tyre desire gained’t be easy so now we delight in lots of surprises ahead that we’ll must organize.

Q:

Good satisfactory, Seb thanks very noteworthy. Thierry, let’s turn to you now, third in the championship. With all the pieces Seb has honest accurate acknowledged about the event, would possibly perhaps we be seeing the trickiest WRC event of the year?

TN:

I wouldn’t enlighten the trickiest. I mean, for certain it’s going to be a tense event because of the the climate prerequisites mainly, but I deem there are other rallies, that are potentially more tense, especially when we are talking about Monte-Carlo or one more events where the rally is longer and the phases are more tense as effectively. But peaceable, I mean, tyre desire can even be fundamental this weekend…If there’s some snow falling this weekend as effectively, this can compose it for certain tense to assist the auto on the avenue, normally, but by map of phases themselves, I mean, it’s going to be appropriate fun. If the must haves discontinuance roughly equal, I deem the times will likely be for certain, for certain terminate, especially in the discover phases. But it completely’s an enticing disclose for all of us on sage of it’s a tiny bit a various roughly map to just a few of the alternative WRC events.

Q:

In what sense is it a various map?

TN:

I mean, clearly additionally from my skills right here I do know that the gaps are continuously very tiny on the phases all the diagram through the Monza Rally Uncover. Even with non-skilled WRC drivers, the gaps are continuously tiny so we’re for certain going to perceive a no longer easy fight starting already the next day. And then, some more refined prerequisites with the gravel as effectively, so the evolution of the avenue as effectively and in most cases all people will must test out to be in the most productive space Friday night heading to Saturday.

Q:

Search the suggestion of with me about title hopes, on sage of mathematically clearly all four of you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to peaceable hang terminate the title. But what’s the realistic notion for your mind?

TN:

To be appropriate, I deem the fundamental target for us as a team is to stable the Producers’ title, for certain, and I deem the fight is on. So it’s going to be a no longer easy fight on sage of now we delight in sturdy competitors with Toyota. On the alternative hand, for the Drivers’ title, I mean, I line up as third making an are attempting to construct my most productive. Obviously with the cancelation of Ypres, our probabilities delight in lowered significantly…at as soon as, let’s enlighten. And so, my fundamental target is to deem this event, carry house maximum manufacturers’ factors and for the the rest, I deem it’s no longer for certain in my fingers.

Q:

Good satisfactory, Thierry thanks very noteworthy. Let’s turn to Ott Tänak now then, our contemporary World Champion. Ott, as I’ve mentioned and as all people has acknowledged, it will likely be a tense weekend, but consult with me about the Friday on sage of I’m obvious all people has of their head the capacity of snow on Saturday and it will very effectively be somewhat a tiny bit of snow… You don’t are looking out to be the fundamental on the avenue Saturday morning. So a flat out assault on Friday is an absolute must right here, what construct you enlighten?

OT:

It’s an absolute must anyway, I bet. In particular when drivers are combating for the Drivers’ title and additionally the Producers’ title as Thierry acknowledged as effectively, so there would possibly perhaps be somewhat a tiny bit to fight for. So for certain, let’s enlighten, power through is no longer an option.

Q:

Give me your thoughts for your whole route right here at Monza. Now that you’ve viewed all the pieces on the recce, what construct you judge of the event?

OT:

I for certain delight in…let’s enlighten, if it would possibly perhaps perhaps delight in been sunny, it would possibly perhaps perhaps delight in regarded honest accurate a tiny bit diverse but perhaps honest accurate gorgeous. Taking a gaze now I’d enlighten all the pieces is bigger than originate. I mean, in this roughly prerequisites, you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to position a question to anything else. Surely our likelihood for the Drivers’ title is nearly nothing, but, let’s enlighten, you’ve viewed in the previous that all the pieces can happen and naturally, our first precedence is the Producers’ title. But peaceable on the equal time additionally, our target is to construct our very most productive and target maximum factors after which we learn about what it gives to us. But for the moment, certain, having a gaze the forecast for the next couple of days I’d enlighten we don’t delight in noteworthy to lose, but there’s so a lot on the desk and for the time being it’s refined to predict what goes to happen or the diagram in which it’s going to full.

Q:

And an identical search knowledge from that I requested to Elfyn. With the total trying out that has been accomplished prior to this event, is that now irrelevant given the must haves out there or does it peaceable mean something?

OT:

When when put next with marvelous week, when we did the pre-event test for this event, it became fantastic and sunny and now it’s entirely diverse. So when when put next with that one, for certain, there would possibly perhaps be nothing for certain to hang terminate.

Q:

Whenever you happen to gaze support on the year… I do know, it’s been an extremely refined year for all people all the diagram in which through the sphere. But whereas you gaze support at your season, how would you evaluation it, Ott?

OT:

I’d enlighten it’s refined to know wherein season you wish to gaze support. I mean, we did three rallies on the starting of the year, then we had a half of a year ruin, then we did one more three and now one more. Obviously, we’ve accomplished or we’ve tried to construct all our most productive in every event, but peaceable in the terminate, for certain, it’s been a for certain diverse and a for certain particular year.

Q:

Good satisfactory, Ott thanks very noteworthy. Now to Smartly off Millener from M-Sport. Sooner than we discuss M-Sport itself, Smartly off…Ott left the team, gained the championship. Elfyn left the team, is on the brink doubtlessly, in conjunction with four others, to a hit the championship. Are you feeling a tiny bit burnt by this?

RM:

As it got pointed out to me earlier, I acknowledged be half of the team at one-two…I deem what counts is the hour..so, no. Staunch success to all people in the title fight this weekend. Sadly we’re no longer all for this as noteworthy as we’d hang to. But, you realize, from our standpoint, this would possibly perhaps perhaps be a honest accurate looking out event to leer and unfold and obvious there’ll likely be lots of drama and, you realize, it’s going to be what would possibly perhaps perhaps be a huge terminate to a extraordinarily refined season. All people in our space is having a gaze forward to watching what occurs over the following couple of days.

Q:

With a tiny bit of pressure off and with that pressure off what can the boys construct out there, you for certain feel?

RM:

We did not test right here. It sounds devour we didn’t poke away out noteworthy both…with the test, it didn’t work so effectively. But we’ve got to be realistic, the guys delight in been in the auto for a whereas, the must haves are going to be refined but there’s in most cases a possibility to level up the belief for a tiny bit bit where now we delight in these refined prerequisites and we’re no longer pushing for anything else by map of Producers’ or Drivers’ championship. So we’ll honest accurate put all the pieces we are succesful of into it. I deem tyre desire goes to be somewhat refined right here, you realize, that would possibly perhaps perhaps be attention-grabbing to perceive how the selections are made and what’s determined. We’ll honest accurate must test out our most productive to web all the pieces in the upright selections. But, yeah, we’re having a gaze forward to it. Being an enticing notion of an event I deem this would possibly perhaps perhaps be an accurate weekend.

Q:

Obviously this year you’ve viewed Esapekka Lappi be half of the team, Teemu Suninen as unusual, Gus Greensmith. Whenever you happen to gaze support all the diagram in which through the season competitively with these drivers, Smartly off, how construct you sum it up?

RM:

I deem the fundamental three events were appropriate and we were making appropriate development, appropriate podium in Mexico. Sadly, we had the catastrophe of dropping the auto, the auto caught fire and since then our year has been swish noteworthy heavily affected with your whole COVID disclose. M-Sport’s had a swish though time to web through so we’ve no longer been in a aim to ascertain as we wished but, you realize, we honest accurate had to realize to each and each event with what we are succesful of construct and test out our most productive and we haven’t been on a lope we essentially wished. I deem we hoped we would possibly perhaps delight in accomplished effectively in Ypres, we were planning to ascertain there but sadly, it became cancelled. So, you realize, we’ve bustle up the year as most productive as we are succesful of and test out to refocus and optimistically delight in a tiny bit more stability so as that we are succesful of focal point one more time on subsequent year.

Q:

And that is my subsequent search knowledge from. Subsequent year we are succesful of learn about M-Sport support, certain?

RM:

I hope so. In every other case we’re going to thrill in noteworthy to construct.

Q:

What’s going to now we must perceive work in some map, shape or compose?

RM:

A great deal of folks would agree.

Q:

Let’s enlighten M-Sport is support subsequent year. Do you support to the drivers line-up the least bit?

RM:

I deem we’re in a, you realize, lucky space, where we don’t must push so noteworthy. The alternative two teams delight in swish noteworthy got their line-u.s.a.finalised as far we are succesful of learn about. There’s just a few alternatives we’ve got. I deem there’s no skedaddle to construct it this week, so we’ll learn about what occurs right here after which poke for that.

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Giulio Masperi, La Gazzetta Dello Sport (ITA), to Elfyn Evans.

Q:

In ACI Rally Monza, there are discover and gravel sections, that are the most refined phases for your understanding?

EE:

They’ve all got their have characters. I deem we recced the Vitality Stage now this afternoon and clearly that became the, let’s enlighten, the worst prerequisites we saw then. But clearly, there’s just a few of these sections that we construct in wrong diagram. So I deem it’s honest accurate in most cases…there’ll be just a few surprises, let’s enlighten, round these phases that now we delight in round Monza.

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (GER) to all drivers.

Q:

What’s your thinking and feeling to be at Rally Monza in these refined Covid times in the Lombardy Deliver?

EE:

I mean, it’s hard to know what the upright or depraved ingredient to construct is. Within the raze, you realize, we all must web on with our lives and, you realize, business and all the pieces has to switch on ultimately. I’m obvious the FIA delight in accomplished the total form of checking of the requirements to be effective we are succesful of carry it out in the safest that you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to deem map. Within the raze now we must have faith them, when we web the inexperienced light, then clearly we’re honest accurate concentrating on having the job accomplished. So, in a kind we put our have faith in them that we’re right here on stable grounds.

SO:

I deem the security delight in been put in space, devour we are running without spectators, we are many of the time staying between us right here in the team aim. So I deem that’s a compulsory ingredient. Subsequent point is, as I realize, that the disclose became swish contemptible honest no longer too long in the past, but appears to be to be a tiny bit stabilised now and no longer severe in the hospitals, so as that’s for me the highest. And naturally, we all are attempting our most productive to assist the game alive and I deem on a sport’s point of watch, it’s fantastic to be right here this weekend and gives this championship a possibility to thrill in an terminate this season.

TN:

I mean, the sphere did not cease turning. It has to switch on. So that’s what we construct and as, each and each guys mentioned, if we are right here it’s on sage of the total suggestions are adopted and all people is in a stable disclose. We would favor to show the example as effectively to the outdoors of the sphere that the life can proceed whereas you respect the foundations, so as that’s our fundamental target as effectively this weekend to show that nothing’s is impossible whereas you apply the foundations and respect what has been mentioned.

OT:

There became a form of knowledge, so I agree.

RM:

I deem the guys summed up completely. You know, it’s fundamental to keep in mind a form of folks search knowledge from this roughly questions. But, devour the guys delight in acknowledged, we’re running most productive on sage of it’s been deemed stable by a form of organisations. There’s a full bunch of folks right here making their dwell right here at this event and if we are succesful of construct that safely and proceed having a gaze on the total other areas where folks are no longer in a aim to construct so. You know, it’s fundamental that we compete and construct what we are succesful of when we’re allowed. So, you realize to thrill in security and all organised to thrill in an accurate weekend.

Bo Christer Bofeldt, Worldrally.se (SWE)

Q:

How construct you learn about subsequent year playout with the Coronavirus.

RM:

I deem we’ve viewed it change weekly, each day…perhaps even hourly, so we all hope, we’d enlighten, we would hope it wouldn’t web any worse. We’ve got some suggestions, guidelines in space which delight in allowed us to thrill in events this year. So, let’s hope we are succesful of bustle events. There’s a form of questions regarding funding and the diagram in which all corporations will no longer ruin subsequent year. But, you realize, we’ve gotta discontinuance effective and hope we are succesful of construct as many events as we are succesful of subsequent year.

SO:

Fleet my feeling became that the starting of the year it will likely be refined, peaceable, and complex. But I for certain hope now we heard so a lot about this vaccine perhaps, that can for obvious attend so a lot. And I for certain hope that by spring we are initiating to thrill in a roughly normality one more time and optimistically bustle a significantly better and longer championship than this year.


FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

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Pontus Tidemand (SWE), Toksport WRT

Mads Østberg (NOR), PH Sport

Guest driver (non precedence): Franco Morbidelli (ITA)

Q:

Pontus, let’s delivery with you. Huge weekend ahead in the fight for the FIA WRC2 title. You’ve accomplished a form of rallies so or no longer it is famous to fall your gather for certain. But this weekend, it all hinges on who goes to be the most productive out of you and Mads. How are you feeling about going into this one?

PT:

No, I mean… The feeling is appropriate. For obvious this would possibly perhaps perhaps be refined, it appears devour so I’ll honest accurate are attempting and prevent amassed as continuously and test out to construct the rally.

Q:

What a no longer easy rally we construct the season with, in a legendary circuit right here in Monza. Then up into the hills where we’ve viewed snow on the present time and there’s a possibility of even more snow this weekend. Trickiest event construct you for certain feel it will very effectively be this weekend?

PT:

Yes, I deem. Even on the discover, the grip is changing so a lot so if we web to illustrate a form of rain, devour it appears devour this can, I deem… I’m obvious this can happen somewhat a tiny bit of things. And then, you enlighten there can even be snow on Saturday so for obvious, I deem this potentially is the trickiest event for me this year.

Q:

And it’s no longer a case of being in a aim to measure your lope out there this weekend, on sage of you are in opposition to Mr. Østberg. It be fundamental to be flat out from the initiating Pontus…

PT:

Yes, for obvious I’ll. We can are attempting but as continuously, I deem the total guys will push. But I’ll honest accurate construct it in my lope and learn about where we are and no longer hang terminate too many dangers.

Q:

Are you feeling any pressure the least bit?

PT:

To be appropriate, I’m cheerful to be right here. I honest accurate are attempting and focal point on this and delight in a glorious time.

Q:

Now it is the fundamental time for all people at this imprint novel event. Many drivers delight in been on the Rally Uncover in the previous but right here’s something entirely diverse. Give me a tiny bit bit of a flavour of what it’s devour up in the mountains, what the phases are devour there: they’re equal to anyplace else?

PT:

For me in the character, it’s a tiny bit devour some phases on Rallye Monte-Carlo, i.e. the south phases. So, that’s the closest I do know. It’s traditional North-italian roads, so I deem some local guys will for obvious be faster. It’s attention-grabbing and for certain fantastic roads.

Q:

Mads, this weekend the rally fans all the diagram in which through the sphere will learn about a head-to-head fight for the championship title in WRC2. How are you feeling coming into it, are you a assured man?

MO:

Yeah, for obvious the feeling is appropriate. Now we delight in ready effectively for the event and yeah, all people knows that we must be on the terminate of this one, so as that, for obvious, will likely be our aim. I’m obvious this can no longer be the highest event to construct but we are succesful of are attempting.

Q:

It does gaze as if it’s gonna be swish no longer easy out there: what became your skills devour on the recce having a gaze on the phases? Did they roughly shock you a tiny bit without be aware on the present time with the must haves?

MO:

No, no longer for certain. I’ve viewed the climate forecast for the marvelous two weeks and I knew it became going to be snow. So I became no longer greatly surprised to perceive that. For obvious the phases are narrow and twisty and there’s a form of u.s.a.and downs. And all people knows from Monte-Carlo that it will also be tense when now we delight in snow devour that. But now we delight in snow tyres so we are succesful of match them and terminate our eyes and hope for the most productive.

Q:

Smartly, I hope you are no longer going to terminate your eyes! Are you a segment-time climate forecaster then, you’ve been monitoring the climate for two weeks sooner than the event?

MO:

For certain I construct. Whenever you happen to thrill in an event right this moment of the year, you wish to utilize closely and I seen very early that we didn’t delight in any snow tyres for the event. So I wished to perceive if we would possibly perhaps delight in snow or no longer. As soon as I saw the forecast, I knew it’s going to be tense, especially without the snow tyres… But a minimal of, now now we delight in them and this can compose it so a lot more uncomplicated.

Q:

Give me a tiny bit of an perception into the preparation heading accurate into a imprint novel event, giving that the floor right here on the circuit is a tiny bit diverse than anything else you would perhaps perhaps delight in skilled I bet? And then you head out onto more historic phases. How construct you prepare for these differences?

MO:

Smartly, that’s no longer so easy, to be appropriate. Now we delight in been on a discover to ascertain with the auto anyway to learn a tiny bit more about the grip on the tracks, but it completely would possibly perhaps differ from discover to trace for certain. So I’m no longer entirely obvious the diagram in which it is right here. Obviously, the phases in the mountains gaze somewhat fantastic: they’re no longer as refined as Monte-Carlo as soon as they’re honest accurate wet. But with the snow and ice, I deem this would possibly perhaps perhaps be as refined for certain on sage of it’s very narrow and twisty. But I deem we are succesful of must learn as we poke. Now we delight in tried to prepare, but for obvious we didn’t test on snow and ice, we examined on unusual prerequisites so we are succesful of honest accurate must compose an accurate map for the event and lawful tyre selections. I’m obvious you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to play a tiny bit with your tyres through your whole weekend on sage of this can no longer most productive be refined prerequisites in the mountains, this would possibly perhaps perhaps be refined right here on the discover as effectively. This would possibly be a game I’m obvious.

Q:

We’re having a gaze forward to perceive the diagram in which it play out Mads, most productive of success this weekend and thanks very noteworthy.

Q:

Franco, welcome to the WRC! You would possibly perhaps perhaps perhaps be swapping two wheels from MotoGP to four this weekend. What a possibility to compose your rally debut on an world event and perhaps the hardest viewed this year! How are you feeling?

FM:

Yeah, I’m very infected. I don’t delight in any skills the least bit with these roughly machines, I honest accurate did 40 km on Monday and I had a form of fun. I got this likelihood and I caught it. And for certain, it goes swish noteworthy to this point. Good satisfactory, now we delight in honest accurate accomplished the recce, now I’m for certain having a gaze forward to soar support one more time on the auto and test out to be tender, don’t compose any mistakes and honest accurate carry the auto to the terminate but web pleasure from on the equal time, are attempting and push my limits right here and there and test out to perceive the diagram in which it feels. It’s for certain fantastic, honest accurate to be right here with these guys is admittedly fantastic.

Q:

In total it’s you and the bike, honest accurate the 2 of you together. But now it’s you, the auto and the co-driver and you’ve got a for certain skilled co-driver at your witness in Simone Scattolin. But what’s it devour having someone subsequent to you and making an are attempting to compute the total knowledge he’s telling you… How is that going to this point?

FM:

Yeah, we worked so a lot on that on sage of sooner than Monday, I didn’t know anything else about lope notes and I became honest accurate thinking that notes were something elective, that drivers didn’t for certain want. But for certain I saw that they’re mandatory and as well they’re for certain fundamental so I started to focal point so a lot on that and started to focal point so a lot on studying tricks on how to route of the notes and put them into the steering wheel and on the avenue. It’s a route of that I’m peaceable doing but it completely’s going swish noteworthy to this point. I deem I’ve realized so a lot since Monday and I’m making an are attempting to learn, I’m making an are attempting to leer videos, I’m making an are attempting to work with Simone and honest accurate hear his train and test out to compose it one more time on four wheels. So it’ll be fantastic additionally to survey methods to translate the lope notes into actions.

Q:

Now the aim I’m obvious this weekend for you is to thrill in a glorious time out there, upright? Or delight in to gather one more aim in mind?

FM:

Under no circumstances! The fundamental aim is to web pleasure from, delight in a glorious time, as I acknowledged, are attempting and push my limits but no longer too noteworthy. I’m no longer going to switch out there and honest accurate are attempting and carry the auto to the terminate – for obvious, I’m going to investigate cross-test and push but in line with my limit and no longer too noteworthy. I’ll are attempting and learn more from Simone and I’ll are attempting and learn some more honest accurate from utilizing the auto and… yeah, I’ll are attempting and delight in a glorious time.

Q:

There’s so many rally drivers round you, they’re a excellent bunch, I’m obvious they’ll be blissful to come up with suggestion. But we’ve had Valentino Rossi compete on a form of WRC events, and he regarded as if it would possibly perhaps perhaps take care of it: any suggestion from Valentino?

FM:

I attempted to talk with Vale sooner than this event but I didn’t organize to. So I despatched him a message half of an hour in the past honest accurate sooner than the exact deal started. So for the next day, I hope he’ll give me some fundamental advices to be a tiny bit bit more ready the next day.

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Bo Christer Bofeldt, Worldrally.se (SWE) to the total drivers:

Q:

What construct you judge about Monza Rally & what construct you judge about subsequent year with COVID?

PT:

About subsequent year, it is refined to train. I don’t know anything else, no comment. But about this Monza show, for me it’s very wintry. Let’s enlighten it’s no longer devour a honest World Rally event but I deem for obvious this would possibly perhaps perhaps be a form of drag going on right here. I deem things can happen on mistake, so I deem this would possibly perhaps perhaps be attention-grabbing to utilize for obvious and additionally you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to thrill in some diverse drivers that can even be doing completely on this form of phases. I deem this week will likely be very attention-grabbing, to be appropriate. Most probably, the many of the total year.

MO:

Smartly, about the Coronavirus I don’t for certain know, to be appropriate. I hope someone who knows can expose me but I don’t deem so. I deem we’ll honest accurate must poke alongside and hope that we are in a aim to compete in our rallies if it’s stable and if it’s that you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to deem to construct it in the diverse countries. For the Rally Uncover, I deem it’s a edifying event, I’m cheerful that the Promoter and the FIA and the Rally Monza organisers did such an accurate job to compose this event segment of the WRC. I deem it’s fantastic additionally that now we delight in diverse drivers right here: I don’t deem essentially it’s a giant profit to be rally driver when we are on a circuit, but for certain on Saturday on the mountain phases, visitor drivers will potentially fight a tiny bit bigger than they’ll on the skedaddle discover, where they potentially will for certain feel a tiny bit more cheerful.

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (GER) to Franco Morbidelli.

Q:

What’s the actual adviser or driver that helped you all the diagram through your preparation and what did they expose you?

FM:

Yes, I spoke so a lot with Umberto Scandola, who is my team mate… Smartly, I’m his team mate this weekend, and he gave me a form of self belief and a form of appropriate suggestion. I’ve been asking him a form of things: tricks on how to manipulate the auto, tricks on how to pickle the slippery factors on the avenue on sage of I don’t delight in anything else of that heading in the correct direction, so it’s somewhat refined. I’ve been asking him a full bunch questions about prerequisites and about tricks on how to manipulate the auto and what became he all for the avenue and the total particular phases. Yes, I’ve been asking a full bunch questions no longer too long in the past.

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (GER) to Pontus Tidemand.

Q:

How became your preparation for Monza and what roughly attend would possibly perhaps you put a question to out of your team mate, Jan Kopecky, this weekend?

PT:

Referring to Jan, all people knows he’s for certain hasty on tarmac. He’s continuously been and he’s one of many strongest drivers there. We had a test on Monday and the marvelous tarmac rally I did in an R5 car became in Germany 2017, so it’s a whereas in the past. But with mixed condition devour this, it’s no longer devour a honest tarmac rally, so optimistically I can web round it a tiny bit. We honest accurate must delivery and learn about.

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (GER) to Mads Ostberg.

Q:

What construct you judge about the fact that Toksport delight in got Jan Kopecky on board this weekend? 

MO:

It is miles big to perceive Jan support on the event, for certain. He’s a huge driver and I haven’t competed in opposition to him for a year I deem so this would possibly perhaps perhaps be attention-grabbing to perceive his level now. For obvious, this would possibly perhaps perhaps be sturdy competitors from him this weekend and I do know why they brought him there. So I’ll are attempting and be effective the trick doesn’t work.


FIA WRC 3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Most up-to-date:

Marco Bulacia (BOL)

Jari Huttunen (FIN)

Umberto Scandola (ITA)

Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)

 

Q:

I’ll kick delivery with the championship contenders. Marco, we are succesful of delivery with you. It’s a giant weekend for each championship right here at Rally Monza – the marvelous round – and each championship is pickle right here at the side of yours. How construct you for certain feel coming into this, colorful that the championship title is a possibility this weekend for you?

MB:

For obvious, it gives me a tiny bit bit of pressure but I deem I can organize it and additionally I do know that I for certain delight in only just a few kilometres of skills on tarmac. Currently, I for certain delight in pushed on snow for the fundamental time in my life so this would possibly perhaps perhaps be refined for me this weekend. But I’ll are attempting and construct my most productive and test out to web pleasure from.

Q:

Here goes to be a huge studying skills this weekend and on this kind of mandatory weekend as effectively.

MB:

Yeah, for obvious but anyway, I’ll focal point on my utilizing, web pleasure from the weekend and web pleasure from the skills on sage of this would possibly perhaps perhaps be I deem nearly devour Monte-Carlo. So I’ll are attempting and web pleasure from and no longer focal point too noteworthy on the championship.

Q:

Simply to reiterate what you delight in honest accurate acknowledged, Marco, in case they didn’t hear what we’re talking about. You would possibly perhaps perhaps perhaps perhaps honest delight in never rallied on snow. Your first skills became on the recce.

MB:

Yes, on the present time became my first skills on snow and, devour I acknowledged, I’ll focal point on taking half in the skills, taking half in the plod and no longer focal point too noteworthy on the terminate outcome.

Q:

You talked about feeling a tiny bit bit compelled. Did you for certain feel you’re in a aim to organize that through the weekend?

MB:

Yeah, I’ll organize it on sage of I for certain delight in been working so a lot. It’s my first time. I’m competing for a World itle so it places me a tiny bit bit of pressure but I deem I’ll organize on sage of I for certain delight in worked so a lot in these items.

Q:

What wouldn’t it mean for you Marco to shuffle away with the title this weekend?

MB:

A dream.

Q:

Plans for subsequent year for the time being?

MB:

I’ll are attempting and construct this year after which we are succesful of take into sage it.

Q:

Jari Huttunen, a one who has a form of skills on snow. Simply utilizing at house, it appears to be. What a honest accurate weekend to gather ahead. This would possibly be a honest accurate looking out fight between you and Marco. You would possibly perhaps perhaps perhaps be completely ready for it?

JH:

Yes, I’m ready. I deem it’s a extraordinarily refined weekend on sage of the must haves are devour in Monte-Carlo, perhaps. I gained’t be pushing too noteworthy but I’ll are attempting and be wise after which we’ll learn about what occurs.

Q:

What goes to be the highest disclose out there this weekend, construct you for certain feel?

JH:

It’s refined to train. I’ll are attempting no longer to compose mistakes. Astronomical disclose for me. I deem so and I deem the equal for all people.

Q:

Absolutely, in these prerequisites. Marco talked about feeling the pressure. Are you feeling the pressure, Jari, or are you too wintry to the truth is feel the pressure?

JH:

No longer for certain, no. But all people started asking me so perhaps after that I for certain feel something. But no longer but.

Q:

Smartly accomplished. So the job of a journalist is to continuously search knowledge from that roughly search knowledge from. Now we delight in this kind of incompatibility right here: you delight in the circuit phases right here in Monza itself after which the mountain phases. How noteworthy incompatibility is it?

JH:

The mountain phases, I deem I devour them and the climate is traditional for me. But the discover is additionally somewhat attention-grabbing. In some areas this would possibly perhaps perhaps be so muddy… Let’s learn about what occurs there.

Q:

Staunch success for this weekend. Umberto Scandola, we turn to you now. It’s going to be an enticing terminate of the year right here at Rally Monza. A huge disclose. How noteworthy are you having a gaze forward to it?

US:

It’s the fundamental time right here at Rally Monza. I never drove in the Rally Monza show and a few aspects are the equal because the Rally Monza show. I spoke with my friends, Italian drivers, to thrill in knowledge about the must haves, the line and for me it’s a for certain attention-grabbing competitors, very attention-grabbing phases. It’s dazzling whereas you gaze on the form of phases, the mud, the gravel, the tarmac… So I deem it’s an accurate trial, an accurate test for the future.

Q:

Can you give us a tiny bit bit of perception into what climate we’re going to perceive on Saturday? Is it going to be snow or is it going to be rain?

US:

So, for me and for the drivers, it’s better with the snow on sage of perhaps if it rains firstly of the stage, we’ll delight in snow in the center of the stage. It’s better if now we delight in continuously the equal prerequisites in all aspects of the stage.

Q:

What’s the aim for you this weekend?

US:

An accurate rally. I ought to investigate cross-test and push for my sponsor, for WithU.

Q:

And as well you delight in been giving suggestion to Franco Morbidelli then who is making his rally debut right here?

US:

Yeah, Morbidelli is a for certain appropriate man and an accurate driver. He’s a for certain marvelous driver on sage of he drove the auto at as soon as completely and I deem it’s an accurate skills for him.

Q:

Thank you very noteworthy Umberto and let’s turn to Andreas Mikkelsen now. It’s big to perceive you assist in the support of the wheel in a rally car! So we saw you in Sardegna in the upright seat as you were calling lope-notes for Petter Solberg. I bet you’re cheerful to be assist in uncover this time in the support of the steering wheel!

AM

Yes it’s better to power for obvious.

Q:

What’s the belief for you this weekend in Monza?

AM:

Smartly, it’s appropriate to be support right here. I’ve accomplished Monza the marvelous three years. Obviously this edition is terribly diverse but I’m having a gaze forward. From what we’ve viewed in the recce, it appears very, very refined – very refined phases. We saw snow on the present time on the Saturday phases and a form of gravel and dust contained in the phases round Monza, no stage will likely be easy right here. But I’m having a gaze forward. It’s fantastic to realize right here. I don’t for certain delight in any championship to power for. On the circuit, I’ll power as immediate as I can. I’ll are attempting and construct completely. Let’s learn about.

Q:

You acknowledged you’ve been right here sooner than three times. Do you for certain feel the drivers that drove into the rally show sooner than can delight in an profit this weekend?

AM:

Yeah, aspects of the phases are somewhat resembling Rally Monza Uncover, the unusual one. I acknowledged potentially devour 10% of the rally is so perhaps I can delight in a tiny profit. But the the rest is all novel and Saturday is a long day in the mountains and now we place no longer delight in any skills there. So it appears fun. I’m having a gaze forward to this rally and I devour the format. It’s somewhat wintry.

Q:

Search the suggestion of with me about subsequent year. This potential that of we are looking out to perceive you support on a stout-time foundation, Andreas. Is it an effort?

AM:

I are looking out to perceive myself support. I’m working hard for the time being to investigate cross-test to be support. I are looking out to be assist in the WRC as immediate as that you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to deem. So, let’s learn about where we are firstly of the next season. I for certain delight in many balloons in the air whereas you name it devour that. Let’s learn about where we are firstly of subsequent season. For certain I hope to be assist in the WRC.

Q:

Closing search knowledge from. Your WRC buddies are battling out for the championship glory, who is you money on?

AM:

It’s for certain no longer easy to hang when the must haves are devour this. Happily the Saturday phases are no longer on Friday. This potential that of to be first on the avenue in these prerequisites would compose you lose a form of time. I deem to thrill in an accurate avenue space going into Day Two will likely be for certain, for certain fundamental.


FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Most up-to-date:

Martin Sesks (LVA)

Tom Kristensson (SWE)

Sami Pajari (FIN)

Q:

Martin, what a weekend now we delight in ahead of us right here. It’s been a honest accurate looking out season for you. How are you feeling heading to the marvelous round?

MS:

I’m feeling somewhat cheerful and relaxed on sage of, normally, the fundamental aim is to uncover myself that I can even be immediate in these prerequisites. Mathematically I don’t lead the championship upright now, so I’m the man who will likely be catching Tom. That’s all I ought to construct.

Q:

Catching Tom is somewhat a troublesome ingredient that you wish to construct in these for certain refined prerequisites. A whole bunch folks deem perhaps that coming to Monza, to a circuit, became going to be an easy terminate of season. May perchance perchance well perhaps also or no longer it is the toughest event of this season?

MS:

It’s unpredictable now. For obvious, there would possibly perhaps be snow, gravel and tarmac and for certain I deem that this would possibly perhaps perhaps be the hardest terminate of the season.  

Q:

What delight in you been doing to prepare?

MS:

I did somewhat a tiny bit of trying out in Latvia, utilizing the total tarmac areas and I’m feeling somewhat ok in the auto. With any luck we are succesful of learn about that the next day as effectively as effectively as in the next days. And for obvious, I’m making an are attempting to web myself ready but I didn’t change anything else since Estonia.

Q: For what you delight in viewed in the snowy recce, delight in you competed in an identical prerequisites as we learn about right here?

MS:

As I acknowledged, the roads would possibly perhaps very effectively be unpredictable in some areas, for obvious it became a giant change from the day long gone by pass on the phases. Now we delight in honest accurate to gather the rhythm and the lope there.

Q:

Tom, Martin calls you the hunted, it’s going to be a honest accurate looking out and thrilling weekend. I do know you delight in a for certain effective character but there are such heaps of probabilities on the subject of the FIA Junior Championship of who would possibly perhaps hang terminate the title this weekend. It is miles this kind of tensed weekend, I’m obvious for all people, but how are you feeling going in to it?

TK:

Like you acknowledged there are a form of alternatives and now we must work with them for certain. It feels very appropriate. I’ve accomplished my most productive, now we delight in examined sooner than the rally, which for certain is the fundamental one in entrance of each and each single WRC event I’ve accomplished. It’s the fundamental time I construct a pre-event test and it became very appropriate, we tried to prepare ourselves as effectively as we would possibly perhaps for these prerequisites. For obvious, there’s a form of questions peaceable about how the must haves will likely be on the phases when we poke there with the rally car and there would possibly perhaps be peaceable a form of considerable work to construct. We can defend combating for the most productive map for the rally. I’ve got somewhat a tiny bit of skills of this roughly rallies, from Germany etc. I’m feeling for certain appropriate for certain and this would possibly perhaps perhaps be extraordinarily fun to soar into the auto and learn about what we are succesful of construct.    

Q: Here is the train of a assured man! As you acknowledged, you delight in somewhat a tiny bit of skills on this roughly rally traits. Search the suggestion of with me about the gap day all the diagram in which through the circuit right here in Monza on sage of as we are succesful of learn about, there are aspects of the circuit but additionally some roughly gravely paths as effectively. It’s going to be a no longer easy disclose on Friday? 

TK:

There’s a form of change, no longer most productive gravel, but grass, muddy areas additionally… For obvious there’ll likely be a for certain diverse roughly grip level. One in all my strengths is to perceive how the surfaces can even be so I hope I can work with that as noteworthy as that you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to deem. Simply web the upright tyre on and web to construct as rapidly as that you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to deem.    

Q: What wouldn’t it mean to shuffle away with the title this weekend?

TK:

I’ve goose bumps in my support whereas you enlighten it and for obvious, it is the highest ingredient that ever came about in my life. Here is the marvelous alternative I for certain must web the Junior WRC title and I’ll construct what wishes to be accomplished to web it.

Q:

Sami, consult with me about your weekend. You would possibly perhaps perhaps perhaps be a unusual face – 19 years oldschool – and for your first year, you delight in the capacity to hang terminate the title this weekend. How are you feeling about that? 

SP:

For certain it is fantastic to perceive that I can even be aggressive in the fundamental year. But for certain, the competitors is so excessive in our class and combating for the championship is a possibility. Like we’ve already heard from the alternative guys, they’ll construct their most productive and I’ll construct the equal.

Q: You would possibly perhaps perhaps perhaps perhaps honest delight in the most stage deem factors of all drivers in the Junior Championship this year. That’s a formidable statistic by itself; What are you all for it?

SP:

It’s for certain fantastic to perceive. For certain, even supposing I for certain delight in the most stage wins, that doesn’t mean I’m main the championship. We are doing a chain with many rounds so that you wish to be wise ultimately and it’s a tiny bit a aggregate of diverse things. But for certain, I deem that Tom and Martin delight in more to lose and I for certain feel I for certain don’t delight in anything else to lose for the time being, as I’m a tiny bit in the support of them. So I’ll construct my most productive and we are succesful of learn about what occurs.

Q: He would possibly perhaps very effectively be the “hazard-man”. He’s no longer feeling the pressure upright now. Are you feeling the pressure, Martin?  

MS:

Barely of bit bigger than Sami, but I deem no longer as noteworthy as Tom feels the pressure now.

Q: Tom, construct you delight in the most pressure for your shoulders?

TK:

Yelp pressure. I don’t realize effectively (he laughs).

Q: Sami, no longer most productive you’re as a lot as that capacity victory but whereas you don’t compose that, you would perhaps perhaps be in a aim to web the “Rookie of the Year” award, which is a big prize as effectively. So it’s a deem-deem for you, for certain, isn’t it?   

SP:

That’s upright additionally. I’m a tiny bit younger than Tom to illustrate so I would possibly perhaps honest delight in time. But I would possibly perhaps very effectively be additionally aggressive in the larger class and it would possibly perhaps perhaps be a edifying disclose to thrill in – that’s additionally a dream to be there one day. Although there are diverse starting factors, for us the aim is the equal.   

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Bo Christer Bofeldt, Worldrally.se (SWE) to Tom Kristensson.

Q: What does it mean for you that there are most productive four rallies in the FIA Junior WRC Championship?

TK: I don’t take into sage the disclose itself on sage of I can’t change it. I honest accurate work with the must haves I for certain delight in, I construct my most productive,. For obvious, it is incessantly appropriate that, with stout championships, we are succesful of power the total rounds. I wasn’t lucky in Estonia so for obvious, it would possibly perhaps perhaps be better but, as I acknowledged, I can’t construct anything else diverse. So I deem it is appropriate to thrill in four rallies. It’s enticing.   

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (GER) to all Junior drivers.

Q:What construct you judge and for certain feel to be at this refined time right here in the Lombardy station for this weekend?

TK:

It feels amazing. I mean, so a lot is changing day to day with the COVID-19 disclose and it’s amazing that the organizers can construct something devour this. I’m very blissful to be right here and I additionally deem that the championship would gaze very diverse if we weren’t in a aim to be right here, so I’m very blissful that this rally can bustle and congratulation to the organizers.  

MS: For obvious, till the marvelous minute when we took off from Latvia, honest accurate from the information it didn’t gaze devour something can happen right here. But congratulations to the organizers they did an absolute amazing job to compose it happen. There are peaceable four days to switch and now we must construct our most productive to compose this stable as effectively. 

SP: To be appropriate, initially, it felt perhaps a tiny bit depraved to compose giant events at these refined times, but on the alternative facet, for the rally the organization is doing a huge job. It shows that we are succesful of construct even giant events safely and that is admittedly fantastic to perceive. I deem it’s no longer so depraved for the time being.


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