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Mikel Azcona, Petr Fulín, Yann Ehrlacher and Norbert Michelisz attended the put up-Qualifying virtual press convention at WTCR Trudge of Czech Republic. 

Press Conference Room, Autodrom Most, October 8, 2021

In attendance:

Petr Fulín (Paunchy in Trudge Academy), pole space, Trudge 1

Mikel Azcona (Zengő Motorsport), pole space, Trudge 2

Norbert Michelisz (BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse), 2d space

Yann Ehrlacher (Cyan Racing Lynk & Co), third space

Q:

Reverse-grid pole space for Trudge 1 at your home circuit. What an even consequence that used to be.

PF:

Yeah, we’re cheerful for clear. I don’t know what I will private to characterize you since the day old to this my aim used to be to now no longer be final and on the recent time used to be in reality merely for us. Strive and imagine walking to our nation and having a ogle on the opposite manufacturing facility groups and drivers. I neglected one 365 days racing and in qualifying I lost 0.15s with out reference to the truth now we private some ballast on epic of we’re a wildcard. We now private no ride with the Goodyear tyre, every session I had a scenario to acquire temperature within the first chicane that delay the 2d lap used to be faster and perchance our manner kind it used to be now no longer so merely. But anyway, the others had two years. I in reality must thank the guys on epic of racing is now no longer their job, and moreover my household and the sponsors. It attain. Throughout Q2 we had some approach and the discontinue used to be a ache for me on epic of Mikel and Yvan [Muller] overtook me, I used to be P10, and then there used to be moreover [Frédéric] Vervisch. But within the discontinue we’re in reality happy about the consequence.

Q:

Mikel, what a lap that used to be. You would possibly per chance perchance be a machine! Talk us by it

MA:

Thank you very noteworthy. Congratulations to Norbi and Yann and Petr. It used to be a terribly merely lap, I in reality must exclaim. I ready myself completely and the automobile used to be working completely. The auto lets in in total meant I had to tear in reality fast, in reality on the limit on this recent music. It’s very special on epic of it is advisable to to feel a differing level in varied corners. It is terribly complex for the driver to prognosis, to love all the pieces what is on the ground. So I’m more than pleased, I used to be pushing in reality on the limit and the lap used to be broad. I in reality must exclaim thank you to my Zengő Motorsport crew on epic of they’re doing a broad job. We began the 365 days in reality difficultly on the Nürburgring with so many disorders, then the 2d perambulate weekend it used to be in reality irascible. In the intervening time we’re within the heart of the season and we’re light combating for the title, which is spectacular. I’m in reality happy, it is my first pole space in WTCR. I’m more than pleased and very proud. I must use this opportunity on Sunday. I in reality must exclaim moreover I’m more than pleased with the automobile on epic of with 20kg bigger than the final perambulate weekend we ready the automobile completely and I feel seriously better than the final perambulate weekend. It is in reality merely and it construct me in reality happy for going to the Sunday races.

Q:

You’ve had three podiums this season, bigger than somebody else so it is advisable to to well be due a take. But going into that first chicane goes to be tricky, isn’t it?

MA:

Sure, for sure, it’s going to be tricky persistently on epic of we’re within the supreme championship level within the WTCR. Always it’s complex: Yann, Norbi, Esteban they’re very merely driver and we’re on the same tenths. It’s going to be complex but beginning from the pole is persistently better. I feel very merely beginning from the pole space and I private my tempo is moreover in reality merely. I did a future in free say and my tempo used to be astounding. I’m having a ogle forward to the Sunday races. I private it’s going to be a merely weekend.

Q:

So you can want no chance, you would possibly per chance will private to be encourage here on Sunday…

MA:

In the intervening time the knowing is to be encourage here on Sunday, but let’s gape the next day to come. It is miles decided by the next day to come…

Q:

Norbi, that used to be a mega lap, completely compared with your crew-mates who appear to be struggling this weekend. You would possibly per chance perchance be finding some unheard of tempo on the recent time.

NM:

Yeah, but most of that is thanks to the crew and the automobile to be merely. We tried to enhance from FP1 to FP2, we managed to kind that. After which we did one more step with the steadiness. So will private to it is advisable to to desire a automobile savor I had on the recent time, I don’t settle on to claim it’s easy but it makes lifestyles noteworthy more uncomplicated for a racing automobile driver. No doubt, or now no longer it is very considerable attach the lap together which I fortunately managed to kind and I’m more than pleased with P2, on epic of for me honestly, I know the gap in all equity cease to Mikel but there used to be practically nothing left in my quallie lap. So I’m having a ogle forward to the races on Sunday.

Q:

The keep is it that Mikel has the sting? Is that correct a weight downside?

NM:

Yeah, for clear weight is serving to him. But savor he acknowledged I’m clear he moreover did an astounding lap, so it’s now no longer only the automobile. I feel that we’re merely within the slack ingredients, but we’re struggling moderately compared with the others within the medium tempo, in most cases the braking to boot. I didn’t in reality private the boldness within the first chicane, it’s persistently a in reality queer feeling with the grip, so let’s wait and gape. The perambulate will most definitely be a clear myth. Starting on the front row, I know pole is basically the most well liked quite numerous but beginning even from P2 it is advisable to to desire a trim direction ahead. I private with a merely initiate we can self-discipline Mikel.

Q:

Yann, it is advisable to to well be eight capabilities sooner than the others and your miserable crew-mate Santiago Urrutia regarded as if it would possibly per chance private an downhearted qualifying which puts you in merely stead. Talk us by it from your point of gape. You guys didn’t appear to be on the tempo in say, then with out notice pulled it out of the gather in qualifying.

YE:

First of all, congratulations to Mikel and Norbi. It’s a brand recent music for the championship and it’s persistently now no longer easy to come on a brand recent circuit savor this having two free practices to plot up the automobile. It’s now no longer easy to search out a merely compromise here. It’s an advanced music – brief, but complex, and we can gape that the times are actually cease between every other, so this could per chance merely construct the races in reality intense. From our aspect, we correct tried to maximise all the pieces in qualifying. Prepare used to be there to plot up and learn the music, and then in qualifying, hotfoot after hotfoot you birth to acquire used moderately extra to the music. My Q3 lap used to be merely, practically nothing left although it wasn’t the finest lap. But I’m barely overjoyed to be beginning P3, having a merely space for each and each races and a merely opportunity to rating merely capabilities.

Q:

Enact you deem you’re going to purchase that #FolloeTheLeader cap on the discontinue of the weekend?

YE:

Hopefully, you know something can happen. The main nook in all equity tight and we all want the same thing, so it will construct some mess and a downside we can’t address up for. I will focal point on every ingredient of my perambulate automobile to optimise them and on the discontinue of the weekend we can rely the capabilities and correct gape the plot it goes to purchase that yellow cap.


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