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Norbert Michelisz, Mikel Azcona and Esteban Guerrieri attended the post-Tear 2 digital press convention

In attendance:

Norbert Michelisz (BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse), first voice

Mikel Azcona (Zengő Motorsport), 2nd voice

Esteban Guerrieri (ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport), third voice

Q:

Norbi, this makes up for a extraordinarily disappointing weekend in Hungary, doesn’t it?

NM:

Yes, distinct. I felt it became once a truly prolonged time coming, that a scamper victory would attain. To be appropriate it became once one in every of the most hard races of my career because when I noticed I became once in front and Mikel became once in the support of I appropriate realised that I wanted to give it 100 per cent and fortuitously the automobile became once appropriate immense. I suggest I became once attacking, usually I became once sliding a bit but the steadiness became once appropriate immense. Within the cessation I managed to attain 15 laps with none gigantic errors. Nonetheless I truly loved this fight. From the open air I’m no longer distinct the full folks understood what became once going on but this scamper I gave it 110 per cent from lap one till the cessation.

Q:

That you just would be in a position to perchance perchance perchance repeat that. It felt that once you happen to made the smallest mistake he became once going to be appropriate there.

NM:

Having Mikel in the replicate is no longer the most happy thing in lifestyles as a scamper automobile driver. This made it a bit extra tricky, but in the cessation I had self belief in myself and in the automobile. Thanks to the team all all over again for setting up the automobile so immense. And in the cessation as a scamper automobile driver once you happen to win a instrument admire I had recently, I don’t win to impart it’s easy but you win the conceitedness and then that you just may well well perchance perchance push with none gigantic mistake. Nonetheless congrats to Mikel because it became once appropriate amazing to fight admire this and to Esteban because he did two unparalleled races recently. Nonetheless I’m very happy for myself to be appropriate. It’s appropriate the conceitedness enhance I wanted and wanted.

Q:

And how great self belief does that give you sooner than Pau? What will Pau be admire for you?

NM:

It’s hard to repeat because it’s an fully assorted circuit. It’s contemporary for all americans up to now as I do know. It’s very unlikely to repeat who’s going to be in front. We strive to location up. I did some laps, but no longer lots in the cessation. We win to be efficient in free note lessons and if we are efficient analysing the utilizing and analysing easy location up the automobile I’m confident we are in a position to fabricate contained in the pinnacle 10. Nonetheless announcing anything extra than that is just too tricky because I believe the say can change the other arrangement up because it’s a leap into your complete unknown. Nonetheless I’m taking a examine forward to that. It’s good to win a scamper in one week’s time since the outlet since Hungary became once a bit too prolonged.

Q:

Mikel, talk us by means of that first nook. It must had been so frustrating.

MA:

First of all, congratulations to Norbi and Esteban for that scamper. Yes, a bit bit disappointed on this error I did by myself. That’s one thing I will be taught for my future myself, you continually win to rep it with the correct issues. I’m truly happy with the weekend: correct aspects for the championship. The 2nd scamper I truly loved, struggling with with Norbi and looking for to protect him. I became once pushing for the rationale that starting appropriate to overtake, but I do know that here it’s some distance de facto hard. Nonetheless I became once pushing truly, truly onerous, I felt expansive-confident with the automobile. The auto allowed me to head on the limit in every nook, so I’m pleased with my team, how we are managing to enhance the automobile even with extra kilograms. So truly happy and I truly loved the final scamper.

Q:

Just appropriate how tricky became once it to rep heat support into the tyres after the red flag? The temperature became once losing dramatically wasn’t it?

MA:

I made the error on the major originate. I went to the major appropriate nook and the rear tyres had been no longer in ultimate condition, so I lost the rear and I lost the voice. The temperature here in Most is no longer so hot, it’s very frigid, so for this tyre I believe now we win to work truly lots on the temperature, especially on the rear tyres. After the red flag it became once no longer a gigantic wretchedness. The first laps you continually win to rep fastidiously. Nonetheless after that I became once taking a examine to Norbi, he became once pushing very rapidly and I attempted to protect him. He became once truly rapidly and also I felt so happy I made up my mind to push truly on the limit and I truly loved that scamper. I’m very pleased with what we did this weekend.

Q:

It’s some distance vital to actually feel truly confident to your self going forward.

MA:

In fact. It became once a extraordinarily tricky weekend going to Barcelona [to win the TCR Europe title], but in the cessation it became once ultimate. We won TCR Europe, now we are P3 in WTCR which is amazing brooding about how we started the season, so now I truly feel in my ultimate moment of the season. I’ll assign working, assign focused for the following scamper in Pau the put I believe we are in a position to win an alternative also. And yeah – assign fighting for the title.

Q:

Esteban, coming into the weekend you said ‘don’t underestimate me, I’m restful in the fight for the title’. And likewise you proved that with a double podium, didn’t you?

EG:

First of all congrats to the fellows as effectively. A extraordinarily intense scamper for the 2 in front and for me as effectively. It no doubt became once a truly grand weekend, as you said. It became once attain or die if I desired to assign my chances of fighting for the title alive. Now we are in a approach which is amazingly correct and I’m very happy for this weekend. Talking about this 2nd scamper, it became once tricky, great, great more difficult than Tear 1. I needed to push every lap, every nook. We did some adjustments to the automobile. I in actuality requested for that alter and to be appropriate I went the frightful arrangement, so I win to admit it wasn’t a correct thing that I believed became once going to happen. I needed to make exercise of the front tyres lots on every lap and I believe Yann became once also the exercise of them. He became once pushing onerous, losing downforce in the support of me and on the final two laps he needed to give up. I believe he’s front tyres gave up and I became once also feeling that mine had been on the limit. I didn’t win to talk on the radio in case it became once broadcast! Yann became once pushing extra, but I had nothing else on tyres. So I became once lucky in one arrangement to fabricate the scamper for fine and I’m very happy with the third put of residing. We’re support in the sport so let’s play now.

Q:

It feels admire the most compensation weight didn’t originate different incompatibility at this circuit. Would that be appropriate?

EG:

No, no, it does. My quallie, we may well well perchance perchance exercise the tyre to maximise it for one lap. It became once hard and in truth qualifying became once very intense. I save laps collectively that came out of I don’t know the put, but this became once very correct. Clearly this became once a truly grand put of residing to tune the automobile in qualifying because in the races that you just may well well perchance perchance rep on the starting up, which became once my aim to overtake Yann. Then in the races it’s very hard to overtake, mostly here. We suffered with the compensation weight and the Hyundais had been also on 60kg and they had been quicker than us in the scamper. We know what are our strengths and weaknesses. Optimistically Pau-Arnos is a correct note for us, a bit floating corners and a few others, but we’ll even win to live with a heavy automobile. Nonetheless it completely’s no longer an excuse. It’s continually a possibility, if it’s there let’s strive to protect it.


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