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Transcript of the pre-match press convention organised by the FIA for the 2021 RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España.

Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans at the 2021  Acropolis Rally Greece (Red Bull Content Pool / Jaanus Ree)

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Contemporary:

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Sébastien Ogier (FRA)

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Elfyn Evans (GBR)

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT – Dani Sordo (ESP)

M-Sport Ford WRT – Adrien Fourmaux (FRA)

Q:

Séb, doubtlessly a counseled weekend in prospect with the Drivers’ title and Producers’ title at stake. You’ve been in this put many occasions sooner than, however this could simply be the closing time we survey you fight for the title. Does it feel any diversified?

SO:

In fact I’m very mad earlier than this weekend. I did no longer gather pleasure from that mighty the outdated races managing a little the gap within the championship and managing opening the road. It used to be no longer my finest races. The mindset here is that here’s the main true probability to clinch the championship however also with a counseled love to gain this rally. We are reduction on tarmac and that affords me a factual probability to fight on the front. Our automobile is factual on this surface. The rally looks dazzling. It used to be a high quality rally within the previous when it used to be mixed however being on corpulent tarmac is factual data for the championship chief. I’m tickled with that and taking a live up for the fight.

Q:

Spain has been kind and never so kind to you over the years. One main switch this time is that it’s all tarmac. There could be a range of familiarity accessible and likewise some contemporary sectors. What are your concepts on the route?

SO:

I hold it’s without a doubt the characteristics that you would possibly well also count on of from this rally. A lot of sections we all know however there are also contemporary sections. Per chance the finest diversified fragment is stage eight on Saturday, which has a little of bit older tarmac that we don’t survey to any extent additional in Catalunya. The ingredients are here to maintain enjoyable this weekend and gather pleasure from riding these cars. One more time road stipulations could simply soundless discontinuance somewhat consistent. It isn’t raining. That is candy for the fight and I count on of it to be somewhat tight.

Q:

Let’s turn to next season and the info that Julien (Ingrassia) is no longer going to be alongside you. What are you concepts on that?

SO:

It isn’t factual data for me in that Julien is the finest co-driver accessible. He has completed an fabulous job beside me in all these years. We started together from the very beginning. It used to be as mighty as crucial as I used to be bettering as a driver than he used to be progressing as a co-driver. We by no diagram interfered with every other in our jobs. I depended on him and he depended on me as successfully and it labored perfectly love this. Undoubtedly, this could simply be a counseled dawdle away out for me. Now I will maintain to originate with somebody else. But I fully appreciate his resolution. After so many years travelling the field I’m the main one to pronounce I maintain to boring down a little of, significantly as I’m thinking increasingly more of switching a little of to circuit racing. My programme is no longer clear at all concerning the long scuttle and I realize he doesn’t must be in this say of no longer shiny what number of rallies he’ll manufacture. That’s the components it’s. It is a possibility for now to strive to take benefit of the closing two rallies together and place on a high with victory on the closing two rallies.

Q:

Elfyn, a dominant gain in Finland and the door opened again on the championship title fight. How mighty is that on your mind going into the weekend or is it no longer something that’s within the forefront? Seb acknowledged the day gone by ‘Elfyn has nothing to lose’ – manufacture you’re feeling that energy?

EE:

I’m taking a live up for it. It is candy to arrive here on the support of a factual result. But, on the same time, we are beginning here with a ample sheet of paper and utterly diversified situations altogether. We are here to take benefit of the rally again and strive to maintain a factual feeling from the originate. Strive to be fair like Finland however in an absolutely diversified components. There’s soundless a job to manufacture for the personnel (Producers’ Championship) as successfully. Nonetheless it would possibly maybe probably maybe place something somewhat tainted on the closing two rallies to no longer bring that. There would possibly be soundless a job to manufacture. All of us know also that there could be a moderately counseled gap to Séb. That acknowledged, I’m here to gain the rally and thought no longer loads else and alarm concerning the leisure because it unfolds.

Q:

Were you tickled along with your predicament-up and a factual pre-match check?

EE:

In any case the Finland check used to be no longer the finest however we came all over something moderately k on the pause. It used to be a little frustrating love they are however, on the pause, we pause up with the automobile that is immediate here. I imagine it must be, even supposing we did no longer gather to detect all the pieces you wished on the pre-match check. It’s a moderately k window however we received’t know unless we gather going and abilities the total stipulations. It’s very laborious here to in actual fact re-create the rally because a check road is mainly very ample and soft, whereas the rally is a little more mixed and likewise you will maintain these big cuts some of us decide to place. Then we are compelled into them for the 2d cross. That does switch the dynamics a little of bit. Worship frequently, there are about a unknowns coming into the rally.

Q:

As title opponents are you soundless sharing things at this stage of the season?

EE:

Whether or no longer it’s the main rally of the yr or the closing one, we maintain now an open protection and the say does no longer switch any of that. Séb received the total data from my check and I received the info on what he did after. There are no secrets as such so we can fight it out on the levels…

Q:

Dani, a residence match and likewise you will maintain the most podiums out of the present competing crews here in Spain. Eight occasions on the podium however no longer yet on the tip step. Is that going to alter this weekend?

DS:

I would prefer, pointless to thunder, a little diversified between the counseled guys and the fashioned ones because we can no longer gather the gain. But, pointless to thunder, I place the total time and I strive laborious and I will manufacture the same  components this yr as the opposite years. I will manufacture all my effort to manufacture it. As Séb says, everyone appears to be like to be more equal on tarmac and all people originate from the same put. This would possibly even be a little more sophisticated. But we maintain now the cars a little of bit the same all people are we can maintain a high quality fight.

Q:

Be aware the closing time this match used to be all-tarmac. The head-10 did no longer switch for two and a half days. Is it going to be a more in-depth competition now?

DS:

This would possibly be genuinely terminate. The levels, many of them we all know and we can push laborious. The cars now are all efficiency, genuinely factual and pretty the same in efficiency and the battles are moderately terminate on tarmac. You survey the occasions in shakedown, we all know the distinction between the cars is about a tenths. I hold after, whenever you occur to can also be riding within the levels, this could simply be very terminate.

Q:

Gigantic data that we are going to survey you for a partial season next yr with Hyundai. How tickled are you that here’s all confirmed now?

DS:

I’m genuinely tickled to manufacture some rallies next season. It used to be nothing contemporary however I’m genuinely mad to manufacture something.

Q:

Adrien, first time in a global rally automobile here in Spain. Your check used to be successfully at shakedown this morning… how is the predicament-up of the automobile?

AF:

I stall on the main roundabout this morning (on shakedown). It used to be genuinely racy on the shakedown. This could be a stage on the rally so I’m here to make the abilities and reduce the gap to the tip guys. They’ll push love hell so it’s racy to survey the gap. It is a tarmac match and we all know the Fiesta is actual on tarmac and I hope to manufacture a factual result on this match.

Q:

No testing for you within the meanwhile so shakedown used to be the check this morning?

AF:

Certain the shakedown used to be the check. That’s the reason I stall on the roundabout. There used to be something I’m able to also simply soundless know sooner than. It used to be the main time. That’s why we did moderately a range of scuttle on the shakedown. The personnel has a factual data of the automobile on tarmac and my predicament-up is to no longer this level a ways off from the one from 2018. It isn’t so tainted. The connection (contemporary co-driver Alexandre Coria) is going up together and is improving and greater. We now maintain got to work together and maintain it love a dependancy. Positively the rally shall be more straightforward for him here when compared to Finland. At as soon as on the shakedown it used to be factual and after we maintain now to work together inner and out of doors of the automobile. But I’m assured.

Q:

When will we gather to hear about your programme for next yr?

AF:

The finest thing is to query Malcolm (Wilson) for that.

 

FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Contemporary:

TRT World Rally Crew – Mads Ostberg (NOR)

Hyundai Motorsport N – Teemu Suninen (FIN)

Q:

Mads, we are soundless staring on the fight for the WRC2 crown with ardour! You’ve arrive here to gain – how did the automobile feel this morning? Operate you’re feeling assured along with your years of abilities that a gain is seemingly?

MO:

I hold Teemu can discontinuance that (Suninen – spoil the event).  He did that in Finland however that used to be his residence match and he used to be in a diversified automobile. You by no diagram know. This could be a counseled fight I’m obvious. It is the same yearly. If it’s no longer Teemu it’s somebody else and we maintain now to construct particular we are terminate to the tip and confidently on the tip and having a factual rally.

Q:

What used to be the feeling love at shakedown?

MO:

It did no longer feel factual at all. We did no longer maintain a check sooner than the rally and this used to be the main time in two years that I did this vogue of tarmac and riding. We needed to experiment a little this day and we did. We had a shrimp notion. I did no longer follow it and made a brand contemporary one for the length of the shakedown. In the pause it used to be no longer so tainted. Moderately some menace I would thunder with the setting however we needed to manufacture something and I felt more assured on the closing scuttle.

Q:

Here’s the main corpulent tarmac match here since 2009. You had been here. Are you concerned with the fact?

MO:

I passe to assemble pleasure from one gravel day and then the swap to tarmac. The layout used to be fair true. Nonetheless it used to be the same three levels yearly on the gravel. Per chance it used to be time to manufacture some switch. I hold it used to be a high quality story for everyone. If we manufacture a corpulent tarmac match then Rally Catalunya is one of many finest tarmac occasions we can manufacture so I’m taking a live up for it. It does no longer gather more straightforward. Every match I originate I’m attempting to gain. We are frequently terminate to doing so and mainly something happens. I hold we magnificent maintain to originate the match and fight from the main metre. All of us know that every 2d will count and we maintain now to strive to handbook clear of any form of worry.

Q:

Teemu, a huge pressure in Finland sealed the victory. But now it’s a diversified say, you swap cars and surfaces for Spain. What’s the notion? Is the tip step realistic?

TS:

It has been working somewhat successfully. It has been sizable to work with the personnel. They are doing a huge job with the check. It has been high quality to work with the engineers and the mechanics. Moderately racy assessments, let’s thunder. Exact ultimately. I did no longer count (km). In Finland we did 200km for 3 days. That used to be moderately factual preparation. This time we are with ultimately. It is a diversified components to Finland however if we gather the probability for the gain we can dawdle for it. If we maintain now some head-to-head fights, I maintain to gain. This time it is a diversified components for the rally.

Q:

What manufacture you imagine of the contemporary levels?

TS:

I’m genuinely tickled with the roads we maintain now seen. The contemporary levels are a little technical and never easy, no longer conventional Spain however more slim in locations and the say is candy for the drivers.

Q:

Can you portray us something else contemporary about next yr?

TS:

Nothing more to pronounce. I used to be tickled for the results we had been in a space to decide on. Usually we decide all the pieces that we can also maintain completed. Here’s a brand contemporary rally now and a brand contemporary say and I maintain to manufacture something sizable again.

FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Contemporary:

Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL)

Jan Solans (ESP)

Q:

Kajto, 2d within the WRC3 standings and reduction on the match you will maintain been competed at beforehand. How considerable is it to gain here in Spain this weekend without your championship rival here?

KK:

It its frequently crucial. I would decide to gain here. At this 2d, more crucial is to level of interest on my job and manufacture my job as factual as seemingly. I maintain to take a seat down in my automobile and never in his automobile- you admire what I imply. This would possibly be sophisticated love hell. They know these levels and are very hasty and never easiest the Spanish guys. The target is to maintain enjoyable and strive to be hasty on every stage and never easiest on shakedown.

Q:

Is it a gain it or bin it diagram?

KK:

Here’s tension, yes. I maintain to level of interest on my job and I maintain to manufacture my job. I maintain a huge personnel and a factual automobile. My feeling is factual and it must be factual. That’s what I’m able to manufacture at this 2d. Listen must be 100%. Here’s more crucial than ingredients. I hope we can decide most ingredients. It’s going to be a protracted dawdle back and forth.

Q:

Corpulent tarmac this time round, what manufacture you imagine of the levels and route for this yr?

KK:

It’s my 2d tarmac rally this yr. I received in Croatia however here’s utterly diversified. There would possibly be more grip and a range of corners. In my look it’s sooner than two and three years within the past. Extra sandy and, in some parts, more bumpy in locations. The 2d stage is a brand contemporary one for everyone. It is a brand contemporary say. Here’s what we can thunder at this 2d. I hope to be immediate here

Q:

Jan, sizable to survey you reduction all via the WRC! Junior champion from 2019, you’ve been competing mainly at residence this yr. What are your expectations for this match?

JS:

Two years within the past I did here my debut in an R5 automobile with a Ford Fiesta. Now I’m with a Citroën. I hold that I maintain received more abilities and, confidently, this could simply be greater than two years within the past. Shakedown used to be no longer factual. We had been no longer within the very finest route with the predicament-up. I did the same time within the third cross as the main one. We did no longer maintain a factual development. Confidently we can fetch the predicament-up for the following day. Friday levels shall be contemporary. The principle one is reversed and the 2d one is contemporary and the third one is roughly utterly contemporary. This would possibly be racy.

 

Q:

The Citroen C3 Rally2 is what you will maintain passe all via the season, so that you wish to feel at residence within the automobile? How mighty testing maintain you ever completed?

JS:

This yr I maintain a range of abilities on tarmac in this automobile. I took section within the Spanish Championship. The roads that we had been riding had been no longer love these because we had been no longer competing in Catalunya. We had been competing on other roads. I maintain received abilities with the automobile and I will strive to assemble my scuttle here. We are able to survey if it’s ample. 

Q:

Is it a case of unveiling your trudge here within the hope of getting a fuller season next yr?

JS:

Certain, our target is to be reduction next yr in a corpulent season of WRC3. I would decide to point out scuttle here. We are able to strive to manufacture our finest and survey what happens.

FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Contemporary:

Sami Pajari (FIN)

Jon Armstrong (GBR)

Martins Sesks (LVA)

Q:

Sami, the fight for the Junior WRC championship title shall be played out here in Spain. This could be a counseled fight to the accomplish with double ingredients on supply this weekend. Mad? Apprehensive?

SP:

Undoubtedly loads. It has been all yr rallying again and now it is the time of the season on the pause where we survey the total work we maintain now completed all yr. It is genuinely thrilling occasions. After the recce and what I maintain seen sooner than I’m able to thunder that I will genuinely take benefit of the rally here. I hold the roads are genuinely high quality and never so mighty cutting love we passe to maintain in Rally Ieper, as an instance. It is more love some note racing bigger than another rallies we maintain now. It is genuinely high quality.

Q:

Double ingredients on supply this weekend however, for you and Martins. It is going to be the main time here. Jon has abilities in Spain. Is that an revenue for him?

SP:

I hold on the least in case you look on paper it looks love that. I hold it’s soundless something I’m able to also simply soundless no longer assume so mighty about and level of interest on my hold thing. We did a factual pre-match check for two days sooner than the rally. The recce and the shakedown went so successfully for me. There would possibly be nothing I’m able to doubt about within the meanwhile. I will manufacture my finest. Undoubtedly we maintain now some nerves. I hold in case you query any of us the resolution is extremely clear. I strive to imagine in a thunder components and gather pleasure from also. That is the main.

Q:

Jon, you’ve taken the two tarmac wins this yr and likewise you will maintain competed here three occasions beforehand. Is that this going to be to your revenue within the championship fight?

JA:

It’s sure to be a revenue. There is no question about that. Friday is genuinely moderately contemporary to me. It is going to be moderately tense. Friday is mainly where we survey the finest distinction with the Juniors when everyone appears to be like to be seeking their feet and getting as much as scuttle. I will maintain to place in a counseled effort and strive to assemble a high quality rhythm with the trudge notes and all the pieces. I do know among the most opposite levels that we are doing on Saturday and Sunday. But Sami and Martins maintain been more testing and more riding than me. That evens things as much as be magnificent. They did two days testing. I did no testing since Belgium. I’m no longer no longer assured however I do know I maintain to work laborious. Cocky is no longer the very finest note. I maintain to genuinely level of interest on a factual efficiency.

Q:

No doubt your success on tarmac this yr could simply soundless present you with confidence?

JA:

On paper it has been factual this yr. But I have not frequently been the fastest on tarmac however per chance the most consistent. There could be a high quality float to the levels on Friday. Spain is diversified to the opposite two tarmac rallies we maintain now completed this yr. On shakedown I used to be attempting to assemble a predicament-up and it’s no longer so tainted within the meanwhile. We are able to strive to preserve bettering that for the length of the rally. Other folks count on of it of me and I will maintain to present my all on the pause.

Q:

Martins, what are your concepts heading into a weekend where that you would possibly well also seal the title?

MS:

Neatly I hold I maintain completed less rallies this yr than Sami or Jon. It has no longer been mighty time within the automobile for me this yr. I don’t feel rusty. I hold I maintain lost some momentum for the length of the season and soundless something is lacking inner of me this yr. But I’m attempting to work on it and fetch where the article is. Most continuously it’s going greater and as soon as in a whereas no longer so factual. We preserve battling. I hold we are all soundless young to score ourselves.

Q:

What did you imagine of the levels out on the recce?

MS:

The factual thing is that on the levels there would possibly be no longer so mighty cutting. You can more level of interest on the riding and selecting the factual line and the very finest scuttle. There are many locations where that you would possibly well also build mistakes. The scuttle via the corners is genuinely high and likewise you will maintain to level of interest the total time.

Q:

That that you would possibly simply maintain a huge T-shirt on with the total winners of the JWRC. How dearly would you decide to gain this and add your title to that?

MS:

It could probably maybe even be an awfully factual accomplishment for me. I’m now third to no longer this level from them however I soundless could simply soundless be fastest by a margin. All the pieces is seemingly and the rally ends on the accomplish of the closing stage. There are 17 levels to head this yr.


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