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Transcript of the submit-occasion press convention organised by the FIA for the 2021 Ypres Rally Belgium.

2021 Ypres Rally Belgium - T. Neuville & M. Wydaeghe (Red Bull Content Pool / Jaanus Ree)

FIA WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Latest:

Thierry Neuville (BEL) – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team

Craig Breen (IRE) – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team

Kalle Rovenperä (FIN) – Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team

Andrea Adamo, Team Vital, Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team

Q

Thierry. you were favourite coming in, are you able to portray your feelings to take hold of at home, within the first Belgian WRC rally?

TN:

The sensation is fantastic! Everyone was once awaiting us to take hold of or attain successfully. The thought was once to crawl to take hold of. I was once in regulate of the rally your whole time and that made me of course feel pretty blissful from the beginning. I knew I didn’t must crawl faster. I would possibly possibly have if that was once wanted however I was once of course fervent on this weekend. Various folk were struggling with that. Necessary extra this present day, I was once frightened to acquire hit by any disaster and no longer being ready to stable the victory. That was once of course valuable for the crew. To acquire the double podium and being very stable all weekend. That was once valuable for each and every championships.

Q

You’ve got competed here a form of cases sooner than. What attain you imagine of the step up to WRC level and the stages feeble here?

TN

To begin with, I’d love to affirm a valuable congratulations to the organisers. They’ve had no journey with WRC sooner than and they obtained the occasion and they’ve carried out a exceptional job. Graceful organisation, qualified stages and I of course enjoyed riding the automotive on those stages. You are persistently fast, there are a host of slippery locations and in case you should possibly possibly also very successfully be in sixth equipment, a chunk of of bit sideways on narrow roads, it gives you the influence of speed and how fast those vehicles is also. That was once of course fun all weekend prolonged. Coming here to this present day to Spa, the nicest circuit within the enviornment, in a WRC automotive. That was once fun as successfully. I of course enjoyed the piece on the speed discover as the grip was once of course excessive and likewise you should possibly possibly also must adapt your riding as our vehicles are very tender and excessive and groaning a chunk of of bit too exceptional. It makes you slip at excessive speed. It was once very fun.

Q

It’s miles your first take hold of with codriver Martijn Wydaeghe. It came together pretty leisurely and it is miles a valuable step for him into the WRC. Can you issue about a words and portray your relationship together now?

TN

Everyone anticipated us to have a flowery season after the leisurely codriver exchange first and foremost of the year. Martijn is dapper-motivated and doing a tall job. From the beginning, it felt love it persistently did when we started riding together. We with out a doubt feel blissful together within the automotive. He can in most cases give me a chunk of of a push within the preparations of the rally. That is qualified. I were within the recreation for an extraordinarily prolonged time and in most cases you should possibly possibly even have some habits and it is miles fantastic to be taught contemporary issues and contemporary methods of pondering. I revel in that and it makes me of course feel younger again. It looks to be to work.

Q

Craig, it is miles your fifth podium within the WRC however the first time you should possibly possibly even have had two in a row. Both 2d positions. How exceptional have you ever enjoyed the weekend in Ypres?

CB

Its fantastic to have two podiums within the identical year. I don’t mediate I have carried out it sooner than. Typically they’re pretty unfold out. I have of course enjoyed it. This rally has been one thing that I have journey here within the previous doing it within the R5 automotive. I have persistently dreamed of the map in which it would possibly possibly of course feel one day in a World Rally Automobile. To acquire the risk this season to force here doubtlessly exceeded my expectations to force on the roads. The narrow profile, as Thierry mentioned, to force on the narrow roads, doing 190-200km.h on these narrow roads with grip changing your whole time, you acquire a valuable influence of speed. Then the different, in case you arrive on the tall discover on Spa, you should possibly possibly also very successfully be feeling equivalent to you should possibly possibly also very successfully be stopped in case you should possibly possibly also very successfully be on this fantastic tall road! It’s miles piece of the rally, I have of course enjoyed it.

Q

Your tempo started of course successfully on Saturday morning with stage wins. You then eased off a chunk of of. Used to be that below instruction?

CB

(Laughs).

Q

A puny terror this morning. Can you repeat us what took residing there and did that set the tone for the rest of the day?

CB

Paul advised me to brake even 10 metres in a while the left nook. I attempted to attain it and the head outcomes of what took residing…I’m joking. I knew relating to the nook from recce and I saw it was once tricky. I was once warned about it sooner than I started the stage because it looked from the WRC Dwell it was once pretty refined. I braked early adequate as I braked a chunk of later the 2d time. I handsome released the brake a chunk of too exceptional on the head of the crest and after I went to brake a chunk of additional it locked up and it began to even recall up speed in desire to slowing down. Honestly, I must thank the foul Belgian summer season that it rained so exceptional. It made the bank pretty tender as if it was once a recurring time of the year, for obvious I’d have stopped there. I saw somebody, I assume went slower than me on the 2d circulation and he rolled due to I mediate I carried adequate speed within the corer I managed to skip over the drain and no longer crawl off. As we issue abet home, regularly you’d like a rub of the green. That was once the rub of the green this present day.

Q

You’ve got made no secret of the incontrovertible truth that you just should possibly possibly also very successfully be searching for a plump time force subsequent year. You’ve got looked exceptional extra relaxed within the old events with the podiums. Can you repeat us your thought for 2022?

CB

Podiums relief regardless. They assist in each and every sense. For obvious, it helps our cause it places us in a stronger residing. Rather then the rest, on the contract aspect, it gives myself and Paul self perception going forward. We undoubtedly of course feel exceptional extra assured. We can peek.

 

Q.

Kalle it is miles your first podium on tarmac. It wants to be handsome to you as you should possibly possibly also very successfully be the finest of the drivers that have by no formulation competed here sooner than. You climbed up to that on the first stage this morning. Can you repeat us about it?

KR

All weekend it was once pretty shut fight with them. It was once of course luscious to have an trusty fight even though we’re no longer scuffling with for first or 2d residing. Earlier than the rally we knew that we would possibly possibly no longer match those guys so successfully as they’ve the journey here. They’ve the worthwhile tempo there. Various than that, this present day was once fantastic to fight with the teammates and be in front of them. It was once pretty a first fee weekend.

Q

You mentioned that it was once a large finding out curve for your whole drivers contemporary here. What did you stamp of the stages and achieve you should possibly possibly also very successfully be feeling you better understand methods to force them now?

KR

For obvious I know what I must aloof attain a chunk of additional and what you’d like from the automotive and what we obtained from the take a look at was once of course diminutive. Because it went on I of course feel a chunk of better and extra assured and extra luscious within the automotive.

Q

Interesting to you Andrea and it is miles a first fee 1-2 after some coronary heart-breaking rallies this season. What does this end result indicate for the crew?

AA

It’s mandatory for all, I mediate. For the crew, it is mandatory and furthermore for the folk at home too. As you issue, the ideally first fee events were refined for us. When issues love that happen, the worst ingredient that can happen is that of us acquire skittish. I was once handsome making an attempt to be the safe haven of my crew and defend each person. Taking, if imaginable, the accountability on my shoulder and let them work exhausting as they had carried out sooner than. But handsome work exhausting, no longer be skittish of the rest and be frightened to attain one thing as you should possibly possibly also furthermore be skittish to attain a mistake. It hasn’t been the finest time of my lifestyles.

Q

Belgium making its debut on the WRC calendar. What have you ever fabricated from this occasion, the surroundings and would you love to peek it return to the calendar within the prolonged streak?

AA

You peek Seb [Marshall, the host], I understand it doesn’t glimpse love it however I’m the oldest here…I were here in Ypres in 1990 and I persistently loved this rally. I were here time and again after and I mediate I was once exceptional extra blissful than Alain when Ypres Rally was once confirmed as a WRC spherical. I of course persistently loved to return here. We all know, having hung out here and I must claim, and repeat, that being within the residing where we’re now. But I began to affirm it on Thursday, I mediate having the identical Promoter for the ERC and WRC on the whole is a first fee different for the rally world. That it is possible you will have fantastic rallies in Europe that is also piece of the ERC and having a rotation between them. So you should possibly possibly have a valuable divulge and have the drivers angry by the ERC as they’ll peek stages that they’ll journey and employ later. If no longer, it is miles refined. Per chance you should possibly possibly even have young those who attain WRC straight away and achieve WRC3 without journey. I of course mediate you should possibly possibly stamp a trusty myth and a trusty strategy late these issues. Let me issue sooner than this weekend I was once already questioning why Ypres was once no longer within the ERC. It’s no longer my job however somebody has to ask it. We now must purpose for the finest. We are all managing companies and I’m obvious that this thought, is one thing that wants to be explored.

 

Questions from the ground

Tom Howard – Autosport UK (GBR)

Q

Thierry you should possibly possibly even have 14 wins within the WRC. Where does it foul on your wins and how does it of course feel to receive the winner’s trophy from a Belgian memoir Jacky Ickx?

TN

It feels tall. It’s a take hold of we would have preferred so exceptional. It’s miles furthermore valuable for the Championship. We were ready to stable extra sides for the Championship, exceptional extra that Elfyn and Sébastien. It was once a first fee weekend. Now not handiest for the take hold of however to shut the gap within the Championship. Moreover as a crew with the 1-2. There were assorted victories where no one anticipated us to take hold of that we went and obtained. We now have had battles unless the very ideally first fee stage, so those ones were highlights in my profession as successfully.

Jacky, I have known for added than 10 years now. He’s one of many guys sending me messages on a recurring basis. I obtained one ideally first fee night with a host of emojis and a host of flames and stuff. He was once believing and I knew he was once here to affirm so I mentioned that ‘I will peek you the following day’ and he knew what I intended.

Jose Luis Abreu – Autosport Portugal (PRT)

Q

What would this rally be love if it was once raining and muddy?

TN

I handsome answered to a pair journalists sooner than who asked if the rally wants to be within the calendar. I mentioned “undoubtedly however handiest if the weather is candy!”. In the wet stipulations, it is very tricky. There are so many stuff you should possibly possibly’t peek and too many surprises. It could actually possibly possibly work however you should possibly possibly presumably need a first fee anti-lower machine due to otherwise, it would possibly possibly be of course muddy and it would possibly possibly glimpse extra love a gravel rally with tarmac tyres. I love the occasion and I of course revel in it within the summertime however no longer within the frigid weather.

FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Latest:

Jari Huttunen (SWE) – Hyundai Motorsport N

Q

Jari, wanting abet to this week, how attain you should possibly possibly also very successfully be feeling about this rally and your WRC2 take hold of here?

JH

Now not in each and every stage however in most stages I had some issues. I’m so fortunate that I’m here.

Q

Your teammate skilled related disorders the day old to this, were you ready to electrify any fixes or was once it a case of muscling your formulation through?

JH

It’s miles refined to force however the fault is no longer so fantastic. It’s a diminutive fault. Ought to you don’t have any oil within the machine, it is miles exhausting to force.

Q

It’s a imprint contemporary occasion within the Championship this year, what have you ever fabricated from the stages and the occasion itself?

JH

I love this rally, this form of rally. It’s miles of course fantastic. I love the Spa ingredient too.

Questions from the ground

Jose Luis Abreu – Autosport Portugal (POR)

Q

Jari, how attain you evaluate the contemporary Hyundai Rally2 to the worn Hyundai R5?

JH

I mediate it is miles a valuable step with everything working successfully. Specifically with the handling aspect. Now we’re within the window. I mediate the gap is supreme.

FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Latest:

Yohan Rossel (FRA)

Q

Yohan, winner in FIA WRC3. It’s miles your third take hold of in WRC3 this year and within the WRC high 10. An exceptional end result. How are you feeling now and how tricky has this weekend been?

YR

It’s miles an efficient wanting week. A form of folk helped me to be here and it has been loopy to take hold of this rally. It’s miles so refined. After I peek the stages at some level of the recce it is miles completely flat out and a host of varied grip stages. Honestly I’m so, so blissful.

Q

It was once a large fight between your self and Sébastien Bedoret. How exceptional were you on the restrict this weekend? Any sizzling moments?

YR

No. I mediate I’m sorry for Bedoret. This day the thought is to take hold of due to Kaijto is a first fee driver and to take hold of the following rally for the Championship it is miles so refined. The thought this present day was once to take hold of and the stages were finest.

Q

There are no longer too many rounds left within the World Championship. How attain you should possibly possibly also very successfully be feeling this end result will impact your quest for the title?

YR

The sensation is tall. Citroën Racing, the Federation is handsome finest for me. To take hold of this week was once supreme and for the Championship to have a gap is tall and we will have the option to peek for Greece. This would possibly possibly be more sturdy.

Questions from the ground

Jose Luis Abreu – Autosport Portugal (POR)

Q

Yohan, the vehicles are the identical however why attain you imagine the WRC3 drivers make earlier than the works drivers so time and again? Is it a special focal level from the WRC2 guys or is it handsome the WRC3 guys are on the level?

YN

It’s miles refined as the thought is to take hold of the WRC3, after all. But in case you could beat a driver within the WRC, you should possibly possibly also must peek the assorted drivers and the finest drivers within the category. The thought is the Championship however while you don’t stamp, it is miles no longer finest. In my issue it is miles no longer easy. I mediate subsequent year, this could possibly possibly be a chunk of of bit extra easy for the sponsor to peek the category and I mediate it is miles a chunk of of bit better.

 

FIA Junior WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Latest:

Jon Armstrong (GBR)

Q:

Your 2d take hold of of the season within the Junior category and handsome on the worthwhile time for your Championship fight. How attain you should possibly possibly also very successfully be feeling after a exceptional weekend on the stages?

JA

Yeah it is miles supreme. We didn’t know what to count on coming into this weekend. It’s a brand contemporary rally for virtually all of the Juniors. I mediate Will is the handiest one to have carried out the rally sooner than. We didn’t know who was once going to be fast. I with out a doubt didn’t know if I’d have the speed to take hold of. On Friday I was once ready to style up a lead and by the head of Friday, I was once ready to style up a lead. It was once a matter of making an attempt to retain that over the course of Saturday and Sunday. It’s a extraordinarily worrying occasion. Very fast stages and a host of air pollution where we were working down the discipline. It’s miles supreme to take hold of. It’s miles tall for the Championship and a valuable thanks to the sponsors for getting me here. Without them it is miles no longer imaginable. It has been tricky to acquire abet into rallying and it is miles fantastic to be performing and a hit right now.

Q

You constructed up a valuable lead on Friday after a hit so many stages. The sides are treasured for the Championship. With the ideally first fee spherical of the Championship furthermore on tarmac, does that come up with additional self perception?

JA

Yeah, I mediate so. I were to Spain three cases. That doesn’t primarily indicate that you just should possibly possibly crawl there and be the fastest. I aloof must crawl there and achieve qualified preparation sooner than the occasion with the stage prep and my be taught. I mediate our tarmac is fantastic and with any luck we’ve learnt issues this weekend to Spain as successfully.


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