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Transcript of the put up-event Press Convention organised by the FIA for the 2021 Rally Estonia.

2021 WRC - Rally Estonia - Event winners Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen (DPPI Media)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Present:

Kalle Rovanperä (FIN), Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Craig Breen (IRL), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Personnel

Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Personnel

Jari-Matti Latvala, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Personnel Major

Q:

Let’s start up with Kalle Rovanperä, Kalle, congratulations, your first WRC victory and likewise you change into the youngest driver to step on the quit step of the podium, beating your Toyota team boss Jari-Matti Latvala to that honour. How are you feeling now it’s all sunk in?

KR:

For certain, the feeling is definitely, truly precise. I mediate we hang performed a form of labor to be on this case and I mediate this weekend it was once a truly tremendous fight with Craig. I hang to issue he was once pushing me truly, truly laborious on Friday so a truly, truly gargantuan power from him also and I mediate it was once tremendous to hang the snatch this weekend.

Q:

It was once amazing lumber from you but it was once Saturday morning on the first stage that you truly did ticket your authority on the lead you had. Grunt us about that opening stage, how that felt and did you realise at that point that per chance you had performed adequate by extending your wait on to take hang of?

KR:

Yeah, I mediate Friday, cherish I said, was once truly tight but Saturday morning we would hang a much bigger gap already within the first stage after which after that, in that loop also we made it bigger on a few phases after which the opening was once pretty precise so we could well per chance start up to manipulate it pretty well.

Q:

How did it truly feel on the present time, you had an actual gap but there had been some tricky phases?

KR:

I mediate on the present time was once impartial appropriate making an strive to power with some lumber to abilities the driving and now to no longer hang any silly errors within the event you tiresome down too mighty. It went pretty well. The feeling was once tremendous within the automobile, it was once resplendent but I didn’t truly feel so gargantuan stress or anything else. It was once pretty soundless within the automobile the whole time so it was once luscious.

Q:

You’re a fairly soundless particular person to your younger years but what was once the feeling cherish heading in the direction of that flying discontinue incandescent you had sealed the deal and the snatch was once yours?

KR:

For particular once we performed then it was once a truly gargantuan reduction could well per chance hang to you at closing get the snatch and likewise that it’s possible you’ll even very well be feeling the stress releasing a little. For certain it’s a truly tremendous feeling at that point and it feels precise. It was once precise to hang a open of the stress.

Q:

It’s an embarrassing query but any tears of emotion?

KR:

I don’t mediate so, I mediate Dad was once doing that segment pretty well.

Q:

Understandably so and hopefully it’s possible you’ll well per chance carry out it a little more most frequently now?

KR:

With any luck, I truly support that also.

Q:

Is it a truly precise confidence enhance inviting forward?

KR:

For certain it’s but soundless it’s a protracted means to pass with the abilities we don’t hang it so mighty. I mediate we impartial appropriate hang to continue the identical means, driving well and having resplendent races and more podiums.

Q:

Turning subsequent to Craig Breen, a ideal effort from you accessible this weekend, equalling your handiest result of 2nd from closing twelve months of direction, and shimmering lumber fascinated by we don’t look you within the automobile that on a frequent foundation – your closing gravel event within the WRC was once this event closing twelve months. Did you mediate you’d be in a location to get on the podium again?

CB:

Initially, thanks. Obviously it was once the ambition to take hang of a investigate cross-test at and carry out the handiest that we could well per chance but I had some reservations sooner than the rally. Final twelve months once we did an actual result here every person had been stopped for six or eight months and every person was once on the sidelines due to the COVID. I felt the stage was once impartial a little bit more gorgeous for every person, but this twelve months the fellows are popping out of three gravel rallies on the leap and straight into this one here I believed it was once going to be a more advanced task. But, within the discontinue, it truly labored out honest okay so I’m very tickled.

Q:

It has been very precise lumber and, as Kalle talked about, it was once shut, in a single day Friday going into Saturday. With 8.5 seconds between you we had been location for a truly precise fight after which he goes and does that on the first stage…

CB:

Surprised me?!

Q:

What did you mediate could well per chance hang to you noticed his time on the first stage on Saturday?

CB:

That was once impressive I hang to issue, it was once very, very impressive and one thing particular. I truly my handiest stage that I could well per chance, there’s no point in making an strive to issue I did one thing lots of, I did one thing spoiled. That was once all that myself and Paul had at that 2nd. It was once half impartial a little bit tense but it’s impartial appropriate in these narrow, narrow areas, when the avenue is barely a little more tricky, impartial a little more unknown it’s advanced to get that closing no longer even one per cent but it’s that closing half a per cent impartial appropriate to let it proceed alongside with the circulation and let it proceed alongside with the circulation. As soon as he had performed that it was once as lots of goal for the leisure of the weekend. I was once blown away. The first factor I said to Paul once I noticed the time come up on the radio was once that was once one thing truly, truly particular so hats off to him.

Q:

You had some distractions on Friday, it was once cherish someone was once making an strive to hinder your rally. You obtained caught in Gus Greensmith’s dust after which there was once the field with the marshal slowing you down. It looks you had been up in opposition to it with the distractions, you obtained the time support but Paul [Nagle] your co-driver regarded as if it will most likely well per chance well retain you very soundless in pretty stressful instances?

CB:

Paul to be gorgeous to him kept me beneath administration. It was once a unfamiliar day on Friday, some truly strange things stood out that had been stopping our rhythm. Obviously what came about with Gus after which on the next stage Gus stopped however the marshal completely tried to cease me within the heart of the avenue and I truly went on to avenue mode for 50 or 100 metres. Then I realised all the pieces was once completely stunning again but it’s advanced to change your mind support to 100 per cent proceed flat out. Friday was once a little tense on that aspect but general I was once pretty tickled with it. More with the afternoon as a result of we had been pretty noteworthy within the afternoon, especially our avenue situation as a result of we didn’t hang this form of gargantuan wait on cherish we had within the morning but I was once pretty overjoyed with what we’d performed on Friday evening and heading into Saturday pretty optimistic but this guy here pulled out one thing pretty gargantuan on Saturday morning.

Q:

Turning to Thierry Neuville, third general for you but it was once a fancy morning for you on Friday with that puncture but you truly fought support within the afternoon and stayed ahead of Ogier for the leisure of the event. Are you tickled with what you performed here?

TN:

Yeah, I mean obviously we knew coming here that it’s going to be a tricky weekend for us. I hang beneath no circumstances been the bravest on such mercurial rallies the establish taking risks is a primary segment of the drag. So I knew it’s going to be tricky but my main goal was once to total ahead of Sébastien and Elfyn and I’m honest mighty soundless within the fight for the championship. I am the one with the less challenges and all the pieces is soundless start and that’s why I needed to fight laborious this weekend and end ahead of them. Sadly, things didn’t start up so well with a puncture in indubitably one of many first phases, which price me 15s roughly. But I was once in a location to fight support laborious on Saturday and to boot on the present time, increasing consistently the opening to Ogier and taking more Energy Stage components than both of them.

Q:

You kept Ogier within the support of all day the day before as we disclose, did that it’s possible you’ll even very well be feeling you had to hang that push this morning impartial appropriate to assemble certain that he wasn’t going to construct his foot to the bottom?

TN:

I mean I had been fervent with many, many fights with Sébastien and I know him very well. It wasn’t a shock for me to gaze that he was once soundless happening a tight bustle and so he did. We had been in a location to match his time and I was once honest mighty liable for the anguish. I had the feeling I continually could well per chance well hang long gone impartial a little bit faster but I impartial appropriate wasn’t ready to take hang of any longer risks. It was once adequate with what we are doing. But soundless the rally was once tricky for me. Nowadays with some technical components brought a form of stress within the automobile, twice the automobile wouldn’t start up, and we had been tiresome to the TC two phases sooner than the discontinue. On the discontinue our gap was once handiest down to 10s. We knew if there was once a technique to play we wanted to be with more than 10s ahead of Sébastien so the Energy Stage was once very well-known for us to boot.

Q:

Became that lateness to the time administration due to the the starter motor?

TN:

Yes.

Q:

What in regards to the next event for your condominium country, the Ypres Rally in Belgium, an iconic event… are you feeling alright by the means, hang you obtained a little of hay fever or one thing?

TN:

No, I don’t know. I’m struggling with a form of worry in my impartial appropriate request since this morning. It’s getting impartial a little bit higher. Martijn [Wydaeghe] was once driving on the avenue sections as a result of I couldn’t look anything else. I didn’t truly feel well all day but within the discontinue the job is performed.

Q:

Neatly performed for that but how carry out that it’s possible you’ll even very well be feeling about heading to the Ypres Rally?

TN:

Taking a investigate cross-test forward, honest mighty. We’re going to gaze Alain Penasse again, he led the team this weekend but we’re going to gaze him support soon. I’m having a investigate cross-test forward to it. It’s a stressful event. I understand it very well from the previous and I had been there once or twice, to boot within the World Rally Automobile. With any luck those experiences are going to present me impartial a little bit of an wait on for this form of stressful drag. I am hoping I’m going to fight for one more noteworthy result over there.

Q:

Turning to Jari-Matti Latvala, how particular it’s to take hang of the first WRC snatch. For you it was once in Sweden in 2008 could well per chance hang to you stood on the quit step of the podium and likewise you had been the youngest winner then at 22. A 20-twelve months-primitive has now taken that file but you said records are made to be broken. Did you mediate it’d be Kalle who would carry out it pretty so soon?

J-ML:

Taking a investigate cross-test on the efficiency of Kalle already on the discontinue of 2020 that it’s possible you’ll truly feel that it’s coming and I said within the initiating of this season that there are two occasions that I carry out instruct that Kalle has a high probability to take hang of the victory, they had been Arctic Rally and Rally Estonia. Arctic Rally he was once in a truly precise bustle but, sadly, the automobile wasn’t precisely location-up-wise on its handiest and he couldn’t truly within the discontinue fight for the victory. But after coming with the four pretty stressful rallies for Kalle, his motivation was once 120 per cent and the ardour to get your first victory that it’s possible you’ll look that he was once truly committed from the shakedown onwards and I’m truly overjoyed to gaze his victory and, of direction, I was once truly tickled he was once breaking my file as a result of we can retain the Finnish tradition being the youngest ever winners within the WRC.

Q:

Kalle regarded as if it will most likely well per chance well hang all of it in hand, he was once very soundless, but had been there tense times for you guys looking out at on the present time?

J-ML:

It was once truly gigantic to gaze Kalle that he was once so soundless and patient. I be conscious my first victory I wasn’t that soundless and patient. Admire you mention he’s cherish an ice man, it’s a ways a truly noteworthy point and likewise his co-driver Jonne [Halttunen] was once also very soundless. They are both doing gorgeous work, nothing in regards to the winning but impartial appropriate going stage by stage and making it with out errors to the discontinue. It couldn’t be higher.

Q:

For Finland as a country it’s now that 180th WRC victory, which is amazing, but it’s Kalle’s first. Attain we glance more this twelve months?

J-ML:

It’s the first victory of many. But let’s disclose, as Kalle talked about himself, there are soundless a few occasions he has no longer performed. And specifically closing twelve months, due to the the COVID, the season was once handiest half a season and there had been many rounds he could well per chance no longer carry out. He has performed some with the WRC2 car but he does no longer hang the abilities with the WRC car. So for particular there are occasions the establish he could well per chance need impartial a little bit more abilities. But I am particular there will likely be occasions cherish Rally Finland the establish he’ll be preventing for the victory. I instruct we’ll look one more victory pretty soon.

Questions from the bottom:

From José Luis Abreu, Autosport Portugal (PRT)

Q:

You are continually so soundless, had been you ever anxious with this victory or assemble that it will most likely well per chance well come naturally?

KR:

I felt that we could well per chance truly fight for the snatch in some rallies, I didn’t must snatch any gargantuan stress from it. I impartial appropriate wanted to power and likewise goal for the handiest situation and for the snatch, and impartial appropriate let it comes when it comes, if it comes. It’s tremendous to hang it.

Q:

Attain you instruct it’s soundless that it’s possible you’ll well per chance be in a location to evaluate to fight for the championship, the lumber of the Hyundai is precise but are there adequate occasions to flip the tide?

TN:

There are five to pass and as we noticed this weekend it’s that it’s possible you’ll well per chance be in a location to evaluate to hang support components. But we can even soundless be more wise on occasion and optimise our anguish which we obviously didn’t carry out this weekend. I mean I hang performed the segment of my job 100 per cent and I’m able to’t carry out more than this.

From Tom Howard, Autosport (GBR)

Q:

What does it mean to you being the youngest ever winner, is it a undeniable fulfillment?

KR:

For particular it’s one thing particular but that’s no longer one thing I truly take into myth mighty, no longer all these records and things cherish this I don’t truly take into myth them that mighty. But of direction it was once tremendous when Jari-Matti got here to me and said he wanted me to be the man who’s taking the file from him. For particular which implies one thing to me.

Q:

Attain that it’s possible you’ll even very well be feeling that your efficiency has despatched a message to the groups that you deserve a paunchy-time power and is there any probability we could well per chance look you in a paunchy-time seat subsequent twelve months?

 

CB:

Initially, certain, I mediate it does. That’s obviously what myself and Paul hang location out to total. We want to be world champions and it doesn’t snatch a mathematician to determine it’s possible you’ll well per chance be in a location to’t snatch an worldwide championship doing half the rallies. We’re obviously having a investigate cross-test on the whole alternatives. I truly feel at home, I truly feel snug and cushty let’s disclose the establish we are on the 2nd in Hyundai but there are things start air my administration. We impartial appropriate must get that opportunity to get the paunchy season and assemble the most of it.

Q:

Given the reality you had been a hit within the WRC at a younger age hang you given Kalle any steering and what’s going to you uncover him now to continue his narrate?

J-ML:

His father Harri has performed a truly precise direction and Kalle has learned with him. After which the identical manager we hang had, Timo Jouki, is now working with Kalle. For me they hang made the whole impartial appropriate steps. Individually I hang no longer truly been announcing anything else particular, I’ve impartial appropriate tried to assemble certain that he’s having an actual feeling and typically we hang a feeling within the team that’s a family spirit could well per chance hang to you exit there on the phases it’s possible you’ll well per chance even be feeling confident and carry out the job as well to it’s possible you’ll well per chance be in a location to. There are little things we’ve continually talked about but I said to him after Safari, ‘four spoiled rallies in a row, no notify, I hang had five spoiled rallies, so don’t anguish about it yet’.

From Bo Christer Bofeldt, Worldrally.se (SWE)

Q:

For your first twelve months as team boss you’ve claimed 12 podiums and 6 victories on seven occasions this twelve months, what’s particular on the Toyota team?

J-ML:

If I am very impartial appropriate, for particular we hang had an generous length, it’s been truly one thing unfamiliar. But efficiency-wise we haven’t necessarily been the fastest on among the occasions. We also can even soundless be sensible that Hyundai was once noteworthy in among the occasions. They had been having some considerations and, within the discontinue, we had been inheriting the outcomes. But as we know in rallying, the outcomes are handiest given on the very discontinue. One of many system is the consistency but we hang truly gigantic drivers, they’ve been doing a gigantic job but they’ve also been noteworthy and competitive the whole time. I carry out instruct the everyday factor is, as I talked about earlier, the spirit within the team, when there could be an actual spirit with every person, every person works 100 per cent and carry out their job as well to they can. Then you definately don’t carry out errors and that’s the means you grow and likewise it’s possible you’ll well per chance be in a location to assemble outcomes.


FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Present:

Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Toksport WRT (Škoda Fabia Evo)

Q:

Some gigantic lumber from you out on the phases, are you tickled with your snatch that you said sooner than the event you had to get?

AM:

It was once most essential for our championship hopes to get a snatch on the desk again, it’s been a truly long time since Monte-Carlo. We knew it was once going to be tricky, there’s some fierce rivals. Quite from the initiating it was once pretty particular me and Mads [Østberg] had been going to hang the closest fight, [Nikolay] Gryazin to boot impartial a little bit but then he made a mistake. So on day one after Mads obtained a puncture I obtained a gap, which I tried to take after which he had some more troubles. From Saturday morning we had been continually a little on the get aspect making an strive to manipulate, which I’m pretty tickled about, as a result of seeing the phases, how tough they had been, especially on the 2nd circulation, it was once a war zone and I’m overjoyed I didn’t must push very, very laborious in these circumstances.

Q:

You’ve competed here sooner than so what did you mediate of the Estonian phases and how they compare to other WRC occasions?

AM:

I’m able to handiest compare to 2019, that’s the handiest twelve months I did it and I truly loved it. Seeing the event grow already from 2019 correct into a truly high-abnormal world rally within the championship is amazing. The organisation is huge, the roads are completely generous. It’s a little lots of project from day one to day two, day one being all about flat-out wide roads to being more within the forests to more tough circumstances, more ruts, so it’s a gigantic, gigantic project for man and machine but I would disclose I rob day one higher.

Q:

Had been there any sizzling moments for you accessible this weekend?

AM:

No, no longer truly. I had a lope on day two but impartial appropriate in a hairpin with the whole traces. Assorted than that it was once a honest easy power for us this weekend.

Questions from the bottom:

From José Luis Abreu, Autosport (PRT)

Q:

Is it soundless that it’s possible you’ll well per chance be in a location to evaluate so that you can come to the very most life like category within the WRC subsequent twelve months?

AM:

I am hoping so, obviously no longer all seats are taken but within the discontinue there are no longer so many seats accessible. I mediate there are a form of precise drivers accessible who settle on the identical positions. For particular there could be no such thing as a assured seats. I am very fortunate that I hang a truly precise programme this twelve months alongside with Toksport and Škoda that I am in a location to compete for a form of weekends and show my abilities so it’s all in regards to the outcomes I mediate. If I bring precise then my probabilities will probablty be tere.

Q:

Would you be tickled with a partial season if that was once all that was once accessible subsequent twelve months?

AM:

On the discontinue of the day of direction we must the least bit times fight for the championship. But because it’s restricted the volume of seats of direction you would be start to hang a partial season. For certain I abilities driving the Škoda R5 but it’s continually lots of with the World Rally Automobile.


FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Present:

Alexey Lukyanuk (RAF)

Q:

You’ve had a dominant weekend on Rally Estonia and hang performed inside the WRC top 10 to boot so or no longer it’s a must hang to be happy with the . But sooner than we focus on that, what came about on the last stage as a result of you rolled on the last stage after a ideal weekend but soundless got here through to take hang of the category?

AL:

Yeah, one thing went spoiled truly. I noticed the video from the initiating air and it looks to be I was once pretty optimistic on this particular situation. Over the leap I did no longer take into consideration the ruts that would be there and it caught me spoiled, we rolled two times. Astronomical impartial appropriate fortune we landed on the wheels and I could well per chance restart the automobile and discontinue the stage. With out a doubt it was once a sandbox inside our car with a form of gravel. I was once digging for the initiating up button within the stones and free stuff and I was once digging or it thinking the establish is the button. It was once a unfamiliar factor however the qualified factor is we performed and performed first.

Q:

An generous weekend and the efficiency and lumber has been so noteworthy from you. Did you depend upon it was once going to be so precise this weekend?

AL:

You beneath no circumstances can depend upon to be so mercurial and so constant as a result of when the initiating up listing you depend upon a huge fight and fierce battles at every stage. We had been hoping to get to the podium in our category but of direction it’s a little on top of our expectations.

Q:

You furthermore could can hang a busy season within the FIA European Rally Championship but it’s amazing to gaze you competing in FIA WRC3. Are there plans to take out any longer?

AL:

It’s laborious to assemble plans as a result of all of it’s a ways reckoning on the toughen that we hang. For certain I could well per chance hang to be one step elevated than ERC but soundless, of direction, ERC is the most animated championship for the rationale that atmosphere is amazing and the European occasions are impartial appropriate gigantic. But, for me, on the 2nd I am tickled that I hang handiest one rally and I’m no longer troubled with components and ideas and many others. I could well per chance impartial appropriate proceed alongside with the rate I needed. For certain we managed since day two, as we noticed from Andreas, I continually tried to answer to his lumber. We won the first stage, I dropped the lumber and Andreas raised the lumber preventing with Østberg and I mediate, ‘ah, he’s pushing, let’s push’. So we changed the whole time our plans. It was once attention-grabbing and within the discontinue I was once completely constant I would disclose in abnormal no topic this closing event, I don’t know issue it. With out a doubt it’s truly easy to roll the automobile in such corrupt ruts. It looks to be cherish I was once the handiest one who took this opportunity but, okay, we won it and I don’t care in regards to the leisure.

Questions from the bottom:

From José Luis Abreu, Autosport Portugal (PRT)

Q:

Can you compare the rhythm in WRC with ERC, uncover us in regards to the adaptations when going through an ERC or WRC event?

AL:

Even as you be conscious intently these occasions you’ll know that on occasion the initiating up lists are honest the identical. We now hang Andreas Mikkelsen within the European championship, Nikolay Gryazin, Mads Østberg on occasion involves us, Craig Breen. The dual carriageway-up is reasonably laborious and we hang pretty noteworthy rivals now. A pair of years within the past it was once no longer an effortless stroll however the rivals was once no longer so tight. Now it’s increasing, we hang two or Thrice more R5 cars in every event, the quite lots of of mercurial drivers is also increasing. The problem of WRC occasions is that they are impartial appropriate longer and or no longer it’s a must hang to lengthen your resources and strive and assemble it work for a longer time. In the ERC it’s more cherish a shorter fling, or no longer it’s a must hang to push flat out from the starting to the discontinue. It also makes things animated and the rivals is all around the establish and it’s tremendous.


FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Present:

Sami Pajari (FIN)

Q:

Turning now to our winner in JWRC, Sami Pajari, following a magnificent-noteworthy weekend accessible for you systems does it truly feel to be on the quit step of the podium?

SP:

It feels impartial appropriate so gigantic. It’s my 2nd season doing the Junior WRC and Estonia was once the handiest rally we did also closing twelve months so there had been some acquainted phases, which per chance made it a little more easy for us. But it completely wasn’t impartial appropriate easy, proper driving and we tried to retain the precise lumber. We had been the whole time in entrance of the others so I would disclose it was once an actual, constant and truly well deserved.

Q:

You talked about your consistency and your rivals had been falling by the wayside but you kept it impartial appropriate and precise and extremely rapid accessible with the stage wins. Should you glimpse support at some point of the weekend how tickled are you?

SP:

For certain I’m truly tickled. Even with so many stage wins it didn’t mean I was once main by a gargantuan margin or anything else cherish that. We had been catching the stage wins but it was once essentially one 2nd or two seconds or one thing cherish this. It was once truly shut till the closing day. I’m impartial appropriate largely tickled we had been in a location to be so constant when in contrast to the others. Despite the reality that we had been first or 2nd on the phases we had been soundless those that had been main the whole time. That’s a truly tremendous factor for myself.

Q:

Or no longer it has been a tricky last day, no longer an effortless one by any margin, had been you feeling any nerves this morning incandescent a snatch was once on the playing cards here?

SP:

For certain there had been some thoughts at some point of closing evening that per chance I’m able to assemble it, per chance no longer. But I impartial appropriate tried to care for the driving and I mediate that was once also… but let’s disclose the time was once so shut that I must push the whole time so I could well per chance retain the rhythm and by hook or by crook the driving was once truly luscious at some point of the weekend also. Simplest impartial appropriate sooner than the very closing stage did I hang too mighty time to mediate and the rhythm on the closing stage wasn’t so qualified even supposing the stage was once also truly advanced because the avenue situation was once so spoiled but we also made it through with none considerations and that’s truly precise.

Q:

Kalle Rovanperä, your countryman from Finland, has impartial appropriate taken his first WRC victory at 20. You’re 19 Sami, no stress but you’ve obtained a twelve months…

SP:

That’s a particular factor, I will strive and hang that also but now my center of attention is on the Juniors and we’re going to look what occurs subsequent twelve months. Kalle has no stress from me on his shoulders as a result of I assemble no longer mediate I will hang that!


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