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Transcript of the put up-event press conference organised by the FIA for the 2021 Acropolis Rally Greece

2021 WRC - Acropolis Rally Greece - Jonne Halttunen and Kalle Rovanperä (DPPI / Nikos Katsikis)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

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Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Kalle Rovanperä (FIN)

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT – Martin Järveoja (EST)

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Sébastien Ogier (FRA)

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)

Q:

Kalle how does it feel to interact?

KR:

I deliver really trusty. It became once really tricky rally, lengthy week. Loads of stages in the recce and a lengthy night with the video. I deliver really happy to be over the cease line with this end result.

Q:

You regarded in a special league at events…

KR:

I felt really trusty on Friday. Then we did some impart-up changes, the stages had been numerous on Saturday and then I felt even better. I became once ready to drive with my maintain tempo and I could possibly simply abilities the riding.

Q:

Expose us regarding the changes the day prior to this.

KR:

It became once one thing for the 2d lag – some protection for the 2d loop – we misplaced some traction, nonetheless we didn’t lose too considerable and we had been fairly generous.

Q:

You won the rally and the Vitality Stage – became once the conception to push that appealing?

KR:

The conception became once to peek the method it feels. The first time by, it felt really trusty and I became once playing it fairly plenty. We had four softs on the vehicle and I became once pondering it’ll also restful be trusty – a pair of corners in and it felt trusty and I could possibly push. It became once good to push and earn a trusty stage.

Q:

We head to Finland, your apartment rally – is there more rigidity and expectation there?

KR:

I mediate no longer really but, the rigidity will not be any longer there but. The dwelling rally is repeatedly numerous, there are so considerable of Finnish of us and here’s the city the place I basically stay in Finland – it’s one thing special, somewhere you may possibly be ready to in fact feel the ambiance. I mediate it can possibly even be a tight combat and with any luck we can abilities the weekend.

Q:

Martin is standing in for Ott for non-public reasons. Martin has the Acropolis been the tricky self-discipline you expected?

MJ:

Like Kalle said, it became once lengthy days and immediate nights – basically I appreciate to sleep more. The recce became once appealing circumstances to to find new notes, nonetheless in the cease the notes had been OK. Fortunately in the center of the rally we made some trusty tyre picks and I mediate that’s the explanation why we’re in 2d situation.

Q:

How tricky became once the recce?

MJ:

The 2d day morning, there became once a little of darkness and a few sizable clouds. We initiate as much as recce then one vehicle became once stopping and one other vehicle and then we all cease. We realised it wasn’t getting better so we knew we had to to find on with it. The 2d lag became once with sunlight hours and no fog, it became once considerable better.

Q:

Expose us about initiating the vehicle earlier than the Vitality Stage…

MJ:

He tried to! It regarded appreciate it became once recreation over nonetheless then it began and that became once the the rest time. We switched it off and then it wouldn’t initiate up anymore, so really it became once the the rest time. There became once three seconds to the initiate up and he became once restful contact some buttons, this became once no longer so trusty for the rhythm and perchance that price a whereas.

Q:

Used to be this the enduring Acropolis you expected?

MJ:

Coming to the rally, I expected it to be tricky from the co-drivers’ aspect and it became once, nonetheless I expected perchance it can possibly even be even more difficult. The roads had been really good and the rally became once furthermore really good.

Q:

Séb, this end result is a trusty enhance for the championship?

SO:

It’s been the strategy for the total weekend – we had a really trusty initiate up on Friday opening the aspect road and being shut to lead, this became once better than I inquire of. On Saturday morning, we began with the simply rhythm nonetheless then all the sections the place we fight on the recce, the sections the place the grip became once altering and visibility became once snide I stayed too considerable on my comfort zone. At the identical time, Kalle became once flying and Ott became once furthermore really rapid. With what happen to Thierry and Elfyn on day one, I had to defend luminous. l place the ego out of doorways and allow them to lag – OK I don’t need it! Despite the fact that it’s no longer so handsome, I made a luminous chase and sure for the championship. It’s been huge-appealing. I’m no longer so ancient to the lengthy nights with the flicks appreciate the younger guys and I deliver a little boring now. The recce became once so appealing, we had to substantiate so considerable on the video and the nights had been immediate. Tonight, I’m going to sleep correctly.

Q:

What did you mediate must you saw Kalle’s time in the first stage this morning? 

SO:

On the cease line, it became once a excessive-velocity recce. Truthfully that you simply may possibly possibly likely be feeling you will lose time, nonetheless when it’s one 2d per kilometre faster, that’s a honest time. Must you’re no longer pushing, it’s appealing to estimate what that you simply may possibly possibly likely make in this stage. On this moment, I said I’m happy we’re no longer in this fight and we don’t pick on to exercise all of this risks. Let’s lag to the cease!

Q:

Finland in the autumn next, that could also be fairly a special rally?

SO:

It will most likely possibly be a special self-discipline, no person is conscious of what inquire of. I’m sure Jari can repeat us if it has ever been at that time, nonetheless for our technology it’s new. We’ll earn to envision a little and we can inquire of some less warm circumstances. I am hoping it’s a little damp. We had 9 rallies and 7 of these 9 I really earn had a downside to initiate the aspect road. I’m already taking a peek forward for the the rest Tarmac events. For Finland, it’s the bottom the place the Yaris became once born, so it’ll also restful be performant, nonetheless I inquire of tricky competitors. Kalle, alongside with his most traditional efficiency and self assurance, he’ll push appealing and Ott and the Hyundai guys push appealing. Let’s peep what method we exercise on this rally, nonetheless I’m taking a peek forward one among the most dazzling rallies and it’s repeatedly a pleasure in this somewhat vehicle.

Q:

Jari, repeat us about Finland in the autumn…

J-ML:

It has been driven at the cease of August, nonetheless never in October. This time of the year the roads may possibly be numerous. It’s been in the summertime for the the rest 20 years – it’s been July and early August when we’ve had very heat circumstances with unfastened gravel on top. When it will get less warm it can possibly even be a little wet and humid, nonetheless you never know the weather. The drivers could possibly earn to address a special grip level. Like Séb talked about the cleaning cease may possibly be a topic, nonetheless you don’t really income [running further back in damp conditions] and the many topic is riding in the darkness, we didn’t make this for the rationale that 1990s.

Q:

A stellar efficiency from Kalle?

J-ML:

Coming to this event and watching our drivers on the first stage I became once already really, really happy – they all began on the cease level. Sadly, Elfyn purchased the difficulty and his rally went atrocious straight. Séb became once riding appreciate a champion he is conscious of straightforward solutions to interact the championship and Kalle became once worthy. I said in Estonia we had a brand new flying Finn born, nonetheless here he became once flying even elevated.

Q:

What did you mediate of that time in the first stage this morning?

J-ML:

Probabilities are you’ll possibly likely also restful be confident. It’s these circumstances I bear in mind myself must that you simply may possibly possibly likely be confident, you may possibly be ready to to find the difference. Finally, we had been alarmed could possibly he defend vehicle on the aspect road? But he is considerable cooler than me – he can defend his emotions in test!

Q:

Is it appealing to detect?

J-ML:

Belgium wasn’t the fitting chase, Hyundai engage replacement system and we knew we wanted replacement system – if we didn’t to find them it would operate rigidity going to Finland. It’s miles terribly frightened to detect, you hope for no problems and to defend on the aspect road – it’s more appealing than when I became once a driver.

Questions from the bottom

Tom Howard, Autosport (UK)

Q:

Is Kalle all the rally driver?

J-ML:

Must that you simply may possibly possibly likely be able drive snow, gravel and Tarmac, that you simply may possibly possibly likely be a entire driver. Kalle has the efficiency on all the surfaces.

Q:

Is Rovanperä world champion self-discipline cloth?

J-ML:

Must you engage your 2d event this season, the first fat season in WRC – remaining year I don’t depend that one – you would possibly want to to earn aspects to became a champion. But as Séb is conscious of, winning the championship is appealing – you wish a little bit little bit of success,. You need all the things to reach together, nonetheless for sure Kalle has completed one step on his profession. We are able to peep tall victories from him, nonetheless let’s lag step-by-step no longer place too considerable rigidity.

Q:

Seb, what earn you manufactured from his efficiency, has he moved up a level?

SO:

Already from remaining year, very early on Kalle showed some trusty tempo and attainable. At the cease, he keeps progressing, nonetheless he began really excessive. He’s been aggressive on most rallies – hat’s off, it’s impressive to detect his events and here’s a more-than deserved victory. There’s no point asking all the many questions, we all are acutely conscious of it takes plenty to interact championships and winning rallies. He can [win rallies] roughly wherever – nonetheless it completely may possibly be attention-grabbing to peek in due route. He has replacement years forward of him.

Q:

Kalle, became once this better than Estonia?

KR:

It’s appealing to speak if it became once. I could possibly say Estonia I became once expecting it a little more and everybody knew we could possibly arrive rapid and our vehicle became once trusty. But here there became once a inquire of of mark over our tempo – we didn’t know so considerable. This year, when now we earn the brand new chase, no longer everybody knew the stages and this repeatedly helps when everybody has to to find new notes and drive from them in the first loop. We showed in the first loop we could possibly even be instant when the others don’t earn abilities from the outdated years.


FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

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Toksport WRT – Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)

Q:

What an worthy event – so shut between you and Marco Bulacia…

AM:

It became once a really trusty weekend – Marco did a really trusty rally. He became once very shut and in front of us for quite rather a lot of the rally. We had a tactic to defend out of difficulty, appreciate he did. We tried to handbook obvious of as many stones as imaginable and I didn’t feel appreciate we drove very rapid, nonetheless we did the job we had to. This morning I became once handiest 0.8s in the aid of Marco, so I made up my mind to push, nonetheless regularly I knew I had to cease. I tried to drive as rapid and generous as imaginable. We made a trusty gap and then didn’t risk too considerable on the Vitality Stage

Q:

Did you decelerate a little must you saw Mads Østberg having difficulty?

AM:

Entirely. Seeing him having difficulty, I knew that our supreme opponent became once gone. We stayed a long way from difficulty and stayed intellectual. Marco gave us a trusty fight, without that I mediate it became once no longer so attention-grabbing. I loved, it even supposing I anxious about retiring. This rally became once no longer so tough as I bear in mind. The first stages had been tough, nonetheless in this situation it became once good.

Q:

How became once your new English-speaking co-driver Elliott Edmondson?

AM:

It labored fairly correctly. He has performed an worthy job. It became once a little appealing this present day, when I tried to push more and became once the expend of more energy on the vehicle in the circumstances the place it became once tricky, it wasn’t so straightforward to take into accout the tempo notes. This can also became more natural. But we’re sitting here and we won the rally, so can’t say it didn’t work!

Q:

Taking a peek trusty for the championship now?

AM :

It’s a really tall feeling. We are able to now sit down and soundless down in Finland and peep the method it goes with the others there. We earn now a trusty gap. Let’s peep how Mads does it in the subsequent rally. Then one remaining rally the place we perchance need to find some system on the desk.


FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

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Yohan Rossel (FRA)

Q:

What came about after the Vitality Stage?

YR:

Two kilometres to the cease the propshaft blocked and we had a sizable, sizable noise and I don’t know… I performed the stage and OK it’s that. We continue and OK, nonetheless it completely became once loopy 300km and then simply three from the cease, you’ll need this say. But we won and that’s the supreme.

Q:

Yesterday became once a pair of sizable assault?

YR:

I work on the vehicle after Friday. It became once so appealing to drive. I had blisters on my fingers. The stage must you’ll need the line, my vehicle is trusty, nonetheless when now we earn the sizable rock I lose some velocity. I don’t know why. Yesterday and this present day I really earn a sizable assault and I arrive here for the engage – nonetheless it completely’s appealing. The engage is the supreme for me.

Q:

Probabilities are you’ll possibly likely even earn won on gravel and Tarmac, things are taking a peek trusty…

YR:

It’s trusty, nonetheless I review my events on class and I lose on some stages. We earn now to work. Loads of stages are trusty, nonetheless no longer all of them and I earn to attain why. It’s some riding and perchance the vehicle, I lose 0.2s and for the subsequent years I really earn to lag [and keep pace] with him [Mikkelsen].

 

Q:

When make we peep you next?

YR:

I don’t know. I am going for Spain, it’s trusty for my riding, nonetheless we want to say to the Federation and to Citroën. I did six events in the WRC and here’s supreme for learning. I earn to interact the championship, nonetheless the gap to WRC2 is the supreme thing – to be taught and development is the supreme for me.


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