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Transcript of the pre-occasion press convention organised by the FIA for the 2021 Rally Estonia

2021 WRC - Rally Estonia - Opening parade at Tartu City Hall

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Converse:

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

Ott Tänak (EST), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team

Teemu Suninen (FIN), M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

Q:

Ott, winner here in dominant vogue closing year. Many changes to the stages we saw closing outing, what are your views on this year’s route?

OT:

Fortunately it’s the summer season and peaceable we learn there are some showers going round here and there however confidently it’s getting less and fewer. Admire this the roads can bring collectively to put in the next form and I bet that’s what used to be somewhat great what used to be missing closing year, it used to be getting tough and it’s smoother this year it wants to be great extra relaxing. In some other case, I mediate the recent stages in the north are somewhat now no longer easy and something we’ve never driven in an Estonian rally so it wants to be radiant relaxing.

Q:

Gripping in what advance? Are they varied to what we learn in the stale stages?

OT:

They’re varied on story of they’re recent, never driven. Every part that is recent you all the time favor to perceive a shrimp bit. There’s just a few recent and special flooring on top so it’s something we desire to perceive how it’s working and things worship this. If it’s so hasty, for the first time it’s regularly a shrimp bit thrilling.

Q:

Final year you bring collectively been the winner of this occasion and it used to be a gargantuan design end for you here. Can you repeat that and genuinely procure this championship title kick-started with a design end?

OT:

I don’t know what is kick-beginning, I mean we’re utilizing for aspects your whole season, so with out a doubt one occasion worship here is now no longer going to carry out a distinction. We desire to rating properly in every final occasion and let’s learn. First half of is done, 2nd half of is now to lunge and obviously we defend doing our obliging and we learn at the tip of the year.

 

Q:

As you mention you are scoring aspects on every round however presumably it hasn’t long previous to devise for whatever cause on some occasions. The tempo has regularly been there however presumably the final consequence hasn’t been what we have expected. How great of a quandary accomplish you proceed to bring collectively referring to obvious aspects of the automobile?

OT:

These are the things which me personally can’t exchange so it’s now no longer something I’m capable of bring collectively to imagine as it’s now no longer in my hands. The good job I’m capable of accomplish is to force the automobile hasty and here’s what I would favor to focal level on.

Q:

Turning to Elfyn Evans, 2nd in the championship for you Elfyn however Sébastien Ogier is now 34 aspects ahead and he’s beginning to amplify that gap rally by rally. How major is it now, at the midway level of the season, to flip things round in that sense?

EE:

Clearly the gap had step by step been rising a shrimp bit, let’s speak, however pointless to speak the design end he had in Sardinia used to be solid for him. Then pointless to speak my mistake followed by his design end in Safari used to be, pointless to speak, used to be what genuinely spread out the gap a lot. It changed somewhat instant over the course of two rallies let’s speak, that gap spread out. Clearly, it might per chance probably equally arrive down radiant as instant. Nonetheless having mentioned that it’s peaceable a shrimp bit gap and it’s going to require us to focal level on every occasion and try and procure the most out of it. There’s nothing extra we are capable of accomplish than that varied than to arrive support to every rally and give our obliging.

Q:

Jari-Matti [Latvala] mentioned closing year it used to be obviously a Hyundai 1-2 and Toyota had the tempo however now no longer somewhat the tempo to examine the Hyundais. What used to be the feeling from the check, accomplish you’re feeling you are coming here with the next kit this year?

EE:

Positively I’d worship to hope so, effective. There bring collectively been some radiant changes on the check and I mediate we all left checking out somewhat joyful. You never know genuinely till you arrive to the rally precisely where you are when it involves tempo however, overall, where we bring collectively been with the automobile closing year in contrast with where we’re now, we all appear to feel happier and I’m taking a ogle forward to the rally, to be merely.

Q:

Elfyn, you effect your 100th WRC occasion here in Estonia. Support in the day can bring collectively to you started off in 2007 did you hang you’d reach this milestone?

EE:

I didn’t genuinely imagine it to be perfectly merely however presumably now no longer, particularly can bring collectively to you hang about that first Rally GB support in 2007, presumably this gave the influence worship a extremely prolonged advance away. Nonetheless obviously I’m lucky to bring collectively the serve of many radiant people to procure me here to these 100 rallies and confidently there’ll be just a few extra to add to the record.

Q:

The soft tyre is the chosen Pirelli tyre this year, with the unprecedented temperatures we’re seeing even supposing and the truth it’s a softer and sandier rally than among the occasions we lunge to will it is a case of saving the laborious?

EE:

It’s merely, it’s exceptionally hot here. Nonetheless having mentioned that you just’ve already referred to the flooring is terribly sandy. I don’t mediate we’ll be in a nervousness where we’re going to be saving laborious tyres, however that doesn’t mean to recount the laborious tyre is going to be off the desk entirely. I don’t learn a discipline with quantity, the allocation here is radiant.

 

Q:

To you Ott on the tyre front, is it going to be a case that we will glimpse some attention-grabbing systems in regards to these laborious compounds this weekend, you presumably bring collectively the most skills here as a vogue to present us some perception?

OT:

I mediate we have the identical allocation as Elfyn and the laborious is now no longer off the desk.

Q:

You don’t favor to present us any longer knowledge than that?

OT:

What extra can I give, I haven’t got any thought what’s coming?

Q:

Nonetheless how many times bring collectively you competed on this occasion?

OT:

What accomplish you mean? With this tyre? Never.

Q:

No however you’ve had checks on this tyre so that you just presumably can at the least give us some perception into what the stages are worship and how they’ll presumably prolong?

OT:

The stages that are coming in the rally with this flooring we bring collectively been never in a location to check so these are handmade and declare, we don’t know, we have to perceive at some level of the rally.

Q:

Teemu, welcome support to the championship. We learn you support in a WRC automobile here. In the beginning save, how laborious used to be it to lunge over Kenya entirely and accomplish you’re feeling ready for the final velocity of this occasion?

TS:

Yeah, I mediate so we will even be in the tempo on story of it’s thought to be one of my larger rallies with Rally Finland. Now we had a check for the first time in one and a half of years so I would speak it’s even more straightforward to birth the rally now after the check than sooner than worship Sardinia when I didn’t check sooner than the rally. It used to be a gargantuan feeling to be checking out and procure some utilizing. It’s radiant to be support in a WRC automobile.

Q:

How did the automobile feel this morning at some level of shakedown?

TS:

Truly the handling feels genuinely radiant. The brief rallies bring collectively been a shrimp bit of a battle for us in the closing years however it indubitably feels worship we have been in a location to steal some steps forward so that’s regularly definite. Also we have to mark that we are capable of’t totally exchange the automobile in one and a half of days however every step forwards is often a fair correct thing.

Q:

What are your tips on the recent stages we’re seeing and the final route we’re seeing here at Rally Estonia this year?

TS:

Truly now no longer tremendous-attention-grabbing. I haven’t genuinely viewed worship that slim roads here in Estonia and it’s at some level of genuinely deep forests and most often I bought the feeling that we’re utilizing at dumb night time on story of you presumably can’t learn something else in the support of the corners and also you radiant favor to belief your pacenotes, Nonetheless there the drivers can carry out some differences.

Q:

Talk about with us about stress for a force next year and the deserve to bring a solid consequence, are you feeling it or accomplish you’re feeling you’ve already shown that?

TS:

Clearly I if truth be told bring collectively shown my tempo in hasty rallies. I’m now no longer genuinely feeling worship too great stress on story of I don’t favor to nervousness about what came about sooner than in hasty rallies. I radiant favor to focal level myself and accomplish my obliging and hope it’s sufficient.

Questions from the flooring:

From Gunnar Leheste, Delfi (EST)

Q:

What are your tips on the recent stages here in Estonia, particularly the Energy Stage?

OT:

Honestly saying, the recent stages on Saturday they’re nice. The brief one in the south is highly demanding with a vogue of vertical, it’s genuinely a fair correct take hang of from an Estonian wooded space. The Energy Stage is highly opposite, it’s somewhat disappointing. To existing Estonia it’s with out a doubt… we don’t learn Estonia and the Energy Stage is the most watched on TV. Maybe the image is now no longer radiant, however I would speak the assorted stages are radiant.

EE:

Once in a while a shrimp bit extra technical, a shrimp bit extra slim, extra hidden let’s speak that what we bring collectively been stale to. Maybe now no longer somewhat as hasty as properly so with out a doubt a scenario with mark recent notes and prolonged grass on the facets of the street, that’s going to be a scenario. The Energy Stage is now no longer genuinely what you hang of can bring collectively to you arrive to Rally Estonia. It’s varied, very, very leisurely, gigantic stones to prevent us reducing on the interior. It appears to be like somewhat soft and I quiz it wants to be somewhat atomize up as properly by the level we procure to the Energy Stage.


FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Converse:

TRT World Rally Team – Mads Ostberg (NOR), Citroën C3

ALM Motorsport – Georg Linnamäe (EST), Volkswagen Polo GTI

Q:

Winner in 2020 in the FIA WRC2 class and outdated overall winner of the occasion, are you taking a ogle forward to the scenario this weekend?

MO:

Yeah, absolutely. It’s thought to be one of many obliging rallies we learn in the season and I’m genuinely inflamed to glimpse Estonia support in the championship as soon as more this year. I believe genuinely radiant and it’s regularly nice to arrive support support to Estonia. I accomplish bring collectively a vogue of radiant recollections from the previous as properly when the rally used to be essentially based totally in Otepää. It’s nice to be here in Tartu as properly, it’s a fair correct low for the occasion with so many nice stages so I’m genuinely taking a ogle forward to it.

Q:

We learn some recent stages this year and they’ve changed things a shrimp bit with some slim and technical sections to procure via. How great of a incompatibility is that to the customary hasty, flowing stuff we learn?

MO:

I mediate it’s nice to glimpse some extra technical changes. We did many of the rapidly stuff closing year and we had some extra slim sections which bring collectively been somewhat free. Now we learn a shrimp bit of most modern create of roads now that are peaceable somewhat slim however extra stale roads so confidently they obtained’t atomize up as rotten as we saw in some sections closing year. I mediate they might even be a gargantuan scenario, particularly the morning loop on Saturday after we learn these recent stages for the first. This would be a huge scenario however I mediate it’s nice to glimpse these create of stages.

Q:

2d in the championship to this level, how major is it to procure most aspects on the board now?

MO:

It’s major anyway. We’re 2nd in the championship even supposing we have done one rally less than Andreas so we peaceable theoretically bring collectively a extremely radiant location in the championship. Nonetheless the battle is de facto laborious and I mediate we can bring collectively to be on tempo from the beginning save. There is now no longer such a thing as a possibility to defend support and imagine the championship. You prefer to carry out this rally stage by stage, radiant focal level and be on the head velocity your whole time.

Q:

We saw on social media just a few days previously can bring collectively to you bring collectively been heading support from Finland from checking out in Ouninpohja we saw some dampers to your support. Discontinuance you most often carry all that stuff to a rally?!

MO:

I worship to bring stuff to a rally, particularly when it’s recent pattern parts. It’s regularly radiant and I’m joyful that Citroën is supporting me worship this and after we accomplish the enchancment checks they steal the recent parts off the automobile and give them to me and I’m capable of bring them here to our even crew after which use them on the rally. Clearly it’s the most modern spec we have and I’m joyful to bring collectively it here for the rally.

Q:

And in advise that they obviously labored somewhat properly to your check then?

MO:

Yeah, they did, they labored very properly. I used to be very ok with our checking out in Finland. The rally here is a shrimp bit of assorted so we had to carry out some changes for our occasion check here on Monday however the feeling now might be terribly radiant.

Q:

Georg, dwelling occasion here in Estonia, at first let’s discuss that on story of it’s the 2nd time we learn the WRC here so what does it mean to bring collectively the championship here in Estonia?

GL:

Clearly it’s very special on story of we’ve been awaiting this for an awfully very prolonged time. Estonians in classic are massive rally fans so it’s an ideal various and I’m genuinely joyful to compete here in my dwelling country on some acquainted roads. It’s regularly special.

Q:

With that specialness does it bring added stress to recount you’ve been in a location to design at your individual dwelling occasion?

GL:

I don’t mediate so. Brooding about it’s our studying year and the first half of of the year hasn’t been the nicest to me, it’s been somewhat shaky if I’m merely. Nonetheless for now the main aim is radiant to procure pleasure from, accomplish larger than the final few rallies, accomplish larger than closing year and continuously try and red meat up.

Q:

We learn a recent co-driver alongside you for this occasion in James Morgan, who’s a solid co-driver. How is that relationship going to this level?

GL:

To this level it’s been going gargantuan. He’s very genuine, we procure alongside very properly in the automobile and on the total he’s radiant a nice person as a intention to this level, so radiant.

Q:

And what are your tips on the recent stages we learn at Rally Estonia this weekend?

GL:

They glimpse gargantuan, somewhat technical. Clearly they is most often a shrimp bit tough however we’re taking a ogle forward to the scenario. I mediate it will be the identical for each person however it indubitably will be gargantuan.

Questions from the flooring:

From Christopher Krutto, Postimees (EST)

Q:

You’ve had just a few co-drivers this year and now you’ve bought James alongside you. Will it bring collectively an impact to your tempo?

GL:

I bet we’ll learn. It’s been how it is however I mediate James will accomplish a fair correct job.


FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Converse:

Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL)

Egon Kaur (EST)

Q:

2d in the championship with two wins beneath your belt this year. You’ve had success at this occasion, however closing year a fair correct bustle ended on the final stage. How confident are you of success this year?

KK:

It’s radiant. We did three rallies and we obtained two. I did a mistake in Sardinia however now we’re here I don’t nervousness about my skill and my velocity. I if truth be told bring collectively gigantic admire for this rally and also for my opponents pointless to speak however this rally is a rare occasion and I like this rally to be merely, most velocity, prolonged jumps, flying corners, astonishing.

Q:

We saw vivid tempo from you closing year even supposing somewhat lunge to devise on the final stage. Nonetheless are you able to steal self assurance from what you done when it involves efficiency closing year?

KK:

Sure, effective, it used to be radiant velocity and a fair correct rally for us now no longer in conjunction with the closing stage. Nonetheless we had a nice battle with Jari Huttunen. The aim used to be to defend him in the support of me. Okay, here is rally, however, now we have a recent rally. I if truth be told bring collectively a fair correct automobile and a extremely radiant co-driver and an astonishing crew. I am effective we are capable of accomplish something radiant here however I’m effective we can bring collectively to be centered in every 2nd. As I mentioned the rate is most to what we’ve viewed ever most often and it’s major. We can bring collectively to be centered bigger than wherever, you know what I mean on story of here is Rally Estonia. Okay, I’ve never done Rally Finland however I mediate here is great faster!

Q:

We’re seeing some recent stages this year and changes to the route. What accomplish you hang of the itinerary?

KK:

I mediate Egon can speak something extra about these stages however in my blueprint they’re extra slim, twisty, presumably soft in some parts however I don’t know how it’s working after just a few WRC autos. Nonetheless, at the identical time, it’s genuinely, genuinely hasty via trees so it’s a demanding occasion. Nonetheless I peaceable like this rally, astonishing, the stages give me goosebumps.

Q:

Egon, we bring collectively viewed you compete interior WRC3 this season, your obliging consequence being 2nd in the Arctic. Dwelling occasion here for you and also you will have competed every single year because it began in 2010 – what does it mean to you now that it at some level of the WRC?

EK:

I mediate I missed one year. I mediate it’s a extremely, genuinely gargantuan success that Urmo and his crew bring collectively done to procure the rally here, now no longer radiant to carry out it however to carry out it genuinely, genuinely properly. Hopefully it will be here now no longer radiant for one extra year however many extra years but to arrive support.

Q:

Kajto says the stages give him goosebumps. Is it the identical for you?

EK:

Yeah, it’s regularly try and be 100 per cent concentrated and even a small mistake… it’s now no longer going to whole properly for you. The stages are demanding and Urmo has done everything he can to carry out them extra demanding.

Q:

Yeah, the Clerk of the Route told us they bring collectively been trying to carry out it a shrimp bit tricker for you guys this year, accomplish you hang they’ve done that?

EK:

They with out a doubt are trickier, even the identical stages we had closing year. Final year we had some rocks that bring collectively been stopping us from reducing. This year they removed them and place them in recent locations so if truth be told we couldn’t genuinely use the faded pacenotes and had to adjust them so with out a doubt tough.

Q:

Are there standout stages that are particularly tough to your head that try and be bigger than 100 per cent centered on?

EK:

I mediate the most tough one is the one called Neeruti, which is that if truth be told a brief one however it indubitably’s a extremely demanding one so that you just favor to steal extra care there.

Q:

Robust discipline of opponents at some level of the WRC3 class, are you able to will have the edge over them and how great stress accomplish you’ll must your shoulders?

EK:

I mediate it’s something identical that we had closing year and at the least we are capable of rely on that and that we have the rate vital and that we had it on the outdated occasions in Portugal and Sardinia. We didn’t bring collectively a vogue of success there however we radiant hope success is on our side this time.


FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Converse:

Mārtiņš Sesks (LVA)

Robert Virves (EST)

Q:

Martins, championship chief in the Junior WRC after two rounds. You obtained this occasion closing year – self assurance excessive of a repeat efficiency?

MS:

I mediate every flee is varied and in every flee… the drivers bring collectively their lucky rallies and obviously this one will be somewhat now no longer easy as we saw from the shakedown there are five to 6 autos that are aggressive here and doubtlessly and aggressive to design end. So it will be a exact scenario.

 

Q:

In advise that advance try and be to your limit all weekend as every driver will be in every class?

MS:

Yeah, obviously, it’s three prolonged days and it’s now no longer easy to be on the limit for 300 or extra kilometres.

Q:

You’re a young guy, what are you talking about?

MS:

I know however every mistake counts somewhat laborious here so it is a long way highly major bring collectively your eyes birth your whole time and be most centered.

Q:

Nonetheless you are prepared for the rate, you’ve been competing at dwelling in Latvia on but one more tremendous-rapidly occasion so that you just’re ready for the rate we’re going to glimpse available this weekend, effective?

MS:

I mediate we’re. Clearly I am doing somewhat radiant on these roads. After closing year’s design end this year it’s an awfully varied myth so I will radiant focal level on my utilizing and radiant force with out mistakes. As we’ve viewed on the closing rallies it will pay off.

Q:

We’re seeing a special Mārtiņš Sesks this year on story of closing year there used to be a vogue of combating talk however now there’s a extinct head to your shoulders. The save has this arrive create?

MS:

I don’t know. This year’s outdated rounds existing that if you will have the tempo then that’s very fair correct however it indubitably’s but one more myth to defend it via your whole rally. So I’m radiant being low, now no longer worship I’m showing I’m capable of design end and I’m capable of accomplish it. It’s larger to put low.

Q:

We bring collectively been searching at the Junior social media channels this week and also you bring collectively been transferring into on the football motion, taking some penalties. Like been you capable?

MS:

I wasn’t in the penalty shots, most often I scored the aim however they didn’t count it or existing it!

Q:

Robert, let’s flip to you now. Now we bring collectively an Estonian driver in every single class this year, which is astonishing. Train us what it advance to you to bring collectively the WRC here in Estonia?

RV:

Particular it’s genuinely special for me on story of my first memory of rallies in Estonia used to be when I used to be three years faded and I remember precisely when I sat in a rally automobile for the first time.

 

Q:

That’s if truth be told somewhat special then to be competing here and doubtlessly competing for a design end in the Junior class. What are you serious about the possibility of that?

RV:

Clearly the possibility is often there, it depends upon how I’m capable of procure the feeling, how hasty might be the assorted guys. Each varied Junior driver is de facto hasty on these roads.

Q:

It’s going to be a gargantuan battle for the head step of the rostrum so bring collectively your whole preparations long previous?

 

RV:

It’s most often great larger however I am joyful for what I used to be in a location to carry out sooner than the rally so it’s k.

Q:

Talk about with us about the longer route and the recent stages for this year, what accomplish you hang of the route?

RV:

It’s genuinely refined. Even the quickest and the most experienced guys can bring collectively somewhat a huge scenario here. On some stages no person is aware of what’s going to happen and it’s radiant for the championship as properly to bring collectively so many varied characteristics on one occasion.


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