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WRC – D. Sordo: “You can see that the others have been pushing actually exhausting.”

WRC – D. Sordo: “You can see that the others have been pushing actually exhausting.”

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Current:
1st Dani Sordo (ESP), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Staff
2nd Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Staff
third Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Staff
Andrea Adamo (ITA), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Staff

Q:
Dani, it’s the second time we see you on the highest step on the rostrum. What a weekend it has been for you and the way are you feeling on the finish of it?
DS:
That feeling you may think about: I’m very, very comfortable, to take the victory within the rally. On the finish, it was slightly bit tight however we managed okay to take slightly little bit of benefit. At the moment, it was slightly tougher to observe these guys however on the finish, we managed to win so we have been actually good.

Q:
A bit of of a scare actually this morning because you misplaced a while on that opening check. Was it only a case that you weren’t that awake this morning or simply these guys that have been pushing so exhausting behind?
DS:
I used to be awake as a result of it was later that yesterday, which was actually early within the morning! However they have been pushing actually exhausting and I used to be pondering through the phases that that they had a great velocity. The grip was fairly good, you may see that the others have been pushing actually exhausting. However on the finish, we managed to get the victory.

Q:
How a lot strain have been you feeling in your shoulders going into that ultimate stage beneath 10 seconds in your benefit?
DS:
It was not straightforward as a result of I didn’t need to do any errors. I didn’t need to lose this victory in any respect, I didn’t give it some thought and I simply made it.

Q:
Are we going to see you on any rallies on the finish of the 12 months – perhaps on the ultimate spherical? Any information on when will see Dani Sordo subsequent?
 
D.S.:
I do not know. Now that Monza is going on, I do not know if I can be there or not. Anyway, I’d be comfortable to be there.

Q:
Any information on 2021 for us?
D.S.:
In the intervening time nothing new. I want to be in additional rallies.

Q:
Thierry, second place, an exhilarating ultimate day but once more between you and Sébastien Ogier. It’s been a superb struggle in the present day, how intense was it for you?
TN:
It was intense all weekend, to be sincere. I misplaced numerous time on the primary two phases on Friday morning and instantly, we have been capable of catch again slightly little bit of time towards the chief. And since yesterday, I discovered myself again in a decent struggle, particularly with Sébastien as a result of we have been combating for P2 and likewise closing on Dani, clearly not as a lot as we might have preferred and anticipated. However we have been nonetheless capable of shut a bit and preserve the lead forward of Sébastien. Understanding Sébastien and from the automotive expertise, we knew this morning at service {that a} very intense battle was ready for us till any individual would do a mistake. And it was fortunately the constructive means for us, we have been capable of set once more an unbelievable time within the final stage regardless of a difficulty within the final 1.5km and we have been capable of safe second place.

Q:
How vital is that this outcome, do you’re feeling, for bouncing again within the championship with one other rally added through the weekend? What’s your pondering with regard to your title struggle proper now?
T.N.:
It’s clearly a robust outcome right here. I used to be sadly combating with some technical points on the primary day as nicely and I misplaced from 10 to 12 seconds when the engine shut down twice in a sluggish nook. It perhaps price the lead and life would have been slightly bit simpler with this hole on the final two days as nicely, however on the finish; it’s how it’s. We have now executed the utmost we may. I remorse slightly bit to not have chosen this final dumper model we had obtainable after the check earlier than coming right here to make use of it because the starting of the rally and that is the place I misplaced time.

Q:
Speak to me about Ypres. We head to your private home nation subsequent. You competed there earlier than, you realize what it’s like, how troublesome and tough the climate will be. It’s going to be attention-grabbing, I’m certain. What are your ideas?
TN:
Clearly I’ve by no means participated there in November, so it will be one thing new, definitively. However I used to be additionally by no means right here in October and it labored nicely, so for instance that the rally could be completely different from what I’m used to, however nonetheless, I imply, it is all the time good to have some information of the phases 12 months after 12 months and I do know the Belgian climate nicely.

Q: Seb, third place on the finish of the occasion. Nonetheless good factors within the bag for the title struggle that’s getting increasingly more attention-grabbing. How are you feeling after the battle in the present day, it did not fairly go your means? How are you feeling after that?
 
SO:
To begin with, I want to say and provides some credit score to Dani as a result of he’s such a pleasant and sincere man. You virtually really feel unhealthy that he had to make use of this benefit being first however the reality is he should not talked about it an excessive amount of and simply keep in mind that he has been robust this weekend and that you just used the foundations as it’s. All people had the prospect to do it within the again and he was the one one, so nicely executed, Dani, get pleasure from your victory and do not attempt to reduce your victory. For me, the weekend has been a robust one. I did all the pieces I may beginning P2 on Friday, I knew it was by no means going to be straightforward, 40% of the rally to do cleansing and that price us numerous time, clearly. However, after that, we have been the quickest ones, we received numerous phases and that is the constructive I need to bear in mind. The final two rallies have been fairly quick and I began to really feel higher and higher within the Yaris. In Turkey, it was the identical after 5 phases within the rally after which I had some points. I really feel in the mean time that slightly luck could be good, however that is a part of the sport, a part of the game. However I do know each champion would really like luck with him, I definitely had some in some unspecified time in the future in my profession, proper now it’s kind of tougher however I’m taking it in a cool means and bear in mind the constructive about this weekend. Efficiency is there, we misplaced very near Thierry, once more on this part like two years in the past, however as soon as once more, I’ll sleep nicely tonight, I’ve no regrets. We tried all the pieces, I used to be driving just about within the limits all morning, however this phases are all the time robust ones and it is exhausting for us to do any distinction. In order that’s the way in which it’s, nonetheless some constructive concerning the factors, as a result of we might have liked to catch extra factors for my win, however nonetheless 4 is healthier than nothing and if these two rallies scheduled are occurring, which I hope, there are nonetheless loads of possibilities.

Q:
That is a really complete reply on Sardinia, so I will not ask you any extra questions on this rally, however I want to know your opinion on Ypres and you will be second on the street. Who is aware of, you could be cleansing the motorway, relying on the climate (she laughs). What are your ideas heading right into a tarmac spherical subsequent?
SO:
Not a lot. I’ve no clue about this occasion in any respect. For certain I believe I might want to do some preparation, watch some movies, attempt to study slightly bit what to anticipate, we’ll have some assessments. The cleansing impact should not be there, hopefully. I imply, if we begin to clear the street on tarmac, then it begins to be very troublesome. We anticipate Thierry to be robust there, however I’m trying ahead to the problem. I’ll do all the pieces I can to win this occasion anyway, even when it is my first time. That is the way in which it’s, I’m assured for the longer term – not proud of the final two rallies however proud of my velocity on these two occasions. Now we change to tarmac and the pleasure is there, it is good to get pleasure from what you do.

Q:
Relating to your plans and preparations for Ypres, you talked about, clearly, testing, however are there another preparations you can also make now by way of getting your self aware of the phases and what you will come up in opposition to?
SO:
With the phases probably not. Sorry I interrupted you however I imply… On the phases, we’re clearly not allowed to go there. I hope it was the identical for everyone, by the way in which…
Q:
What are you making an attempt to say, Seb?
SO:
Properly, I do not know, simply that the (Hyundai) Staff Supervisor is the organizer of the rally, it’s kind of bizarre. Anyway, I do not need to begin this debate. We’re going to put together as a lot as we are able to with the instruments we’ve in hand and see what we are able to do.

Q:
Andrea, it is a 1-2 for Hyundai this weekend, the second win for Dani Sordo in Sardinia, factors within the bag on the Energy Stage additionally for Ott Tänak as nicely… How do you sum up this weekend on the island?
AA:
I allow to say that it’s a 1-2 and I’ve been happy with my Hyundai Motorsport staff. That isn’t mine however I deal with it slightly bit as if it was mine. There are 5 Hyundais within the first eight positions and it’s spectacular for me to see one thing like this as a result of I bear in mind the place all of this got here from. We began way back in buyer racing and all this sort of issues. At the moment is a type of days you can preserve in reminiscence and also you say “okay, we did one thing”. It is for Hyundai in rally, particularly, a milestone, I believe it is a outcome that has by no means been earlier than, so fairly spectacular for me and spectacular for Hyundai, it is good to maintain the temper excessive for the longer term and that is it, for certain. And coming again to your query, to have 5 in eight and 1-2, it has been a pleasant struggle, some coronary heart assault moments, but it surely’s a part of rallying, it’s a part of the enjoyment.

Q:
Hyundai goes into the lead within the Producer Championship as nicely. I do know each of the titles are so vital, discuss to me about your ideas on each these championships beginning with the drivers’ and the chances there.
AD:
Subsequent 12 months I can be fifty, I have been in motorsport for thirty years and I’ve seen championships received by individuals when few races earlier than they have been thought of misplaced and vice-versa. I believe our job is to be targeted 100% till it is not over and this has all the time been our strategy. All the time struggle for it and nothing is over. We’ll do all that we are able to to assist on this case, it is solely Thierry the actual one in Hyundai Motorsport that may win it, contemplate the priorities that you’ve got simply talked about.

Questions from the ground

Ben Johnston, Paddockeye.ie (IRL) to Dani Sordo:

Q:
is there something you may pinpoint as to what makes this occasion such a robust one for you, is all the way down to your preparation for the occasion by way of tempo notes, automotive arrange and efficiency or the entire above? What makes the occasion so profitable for you?
D.S.
To be sincere and clear, I like this rally and I really feel superb. We knew that if you find yourself beginning within the again on the primary day, you’ve a bonus within the championship. In case you are beginning within the entrance the street, it’s completely different. We managed to take slightly little bit of benefit on the second day, we did a extremely good day. Truthfully, nothing extra. This rally is particular for this on gravel, it’s all the time like this. On this one, Portugal and lots of rallies of this type, I can struggle for the victory.

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (GER) to Sébastien Ogier:

Q:
It is clear now that there are nonetheless two tarmac rounds to go, are there any check rallies deliberate for you and your teammates?
SO:
Nothing actually in the mean time. The schedules are all final minute regardless that we’ve spent six months with out a lot motion. Now it is actually packed all collectively, so I believe the staff is searching for an actual alternative to be ready, however proper now there isn’t a such plan that I can verify. Like I simply mentioned, each alternative potential to drive the automotive and to organize the rally could be good.

Marco Giordo, Autosprint (ITA) to Sébastien Ogier:

Q:
What do you consider the inclusion of Monza?
SO:
It is nice information. We had a brief season so each occasion coming is welcome, rallying in Italy is all the time a pleasure too. There’s numerous ardour for the game in there. Monza is an iconic place for motorsport and I’ve by no means been there to take part to the Rally Present. I’m comfortable it’s probably not a present anymore, as a result of it could be slightly too gentle for a WRC occasion, however with a few of the phases deliberate within the Como space, I’ve heard, that sounds good for me even when I don’t know about what to anticipate. This space is gorgeous and I like this a part of the world, so I think about these phases stunning. I hope my creativeness is correct and I’m trying ahead to be there.

FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Current:
1st Pontus Tidemand (SWE), Toksport World Rally Staff

Q:
Pontus, congratulations on the win! It’s your first time on the island right here in Sardinia, vital factors to your championship hopes… How are you feeling on the finish of the rally?
P.T:
For certain the sensation is nice. Most factors for certain, it’s actually good for the championship . It wasn’t really easy to be right here for the primary time and likewise to be the primary R5 (Rally2) automotive on the street in all of the rally however we had a great and protected technique and it paid off on the finish. For certain, we’re very comfortable.

Q:
That’s key in some occasions, is not it? Some occasions are flat-out, for some it’s a must to have a extra wise technique… Any dramas this weekend, Pontus?
P.T.
No, I’d not say that. The staff has executed a implausible job with the automotive so no downside and a great co-driver. The tyres have been working nicely, no puncture, so we simply do our issues. Nothing particular in order that has paid off on the finish.

Q:
Generally it’s straightforward to get distracted if you find yourself not completely on a flat-out tempo since you had some large gaps of time round. Did you discover that?
P.T.
Sure, all the time like this I’ve been on this scenario earlier than however we simply stick to our stragety that actually has to work out.

Questions from the ground

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (GER) to Pontus Tidemand

Q:
What different rallies are you going to be doing?
P.T.:
Sure, the laws say that you are able to do as many rounds you need and depend the 5 greatest. We’ll see what can be within the subsequent two rallies and what’s going to occur.
Q.
Do you suppose there’s a chance you’re truly doing the 2 occasions?
P.T:
I can not say a lot now, we’ll see.

Q:
Have you learnt if we received a clarification on how the FIA WRC2 factors scoring can be for this season? Is it the primary 5 or the perfect of all 5 begins, and does that change the strategy after the weekend of the Turkey win?
PT:
As I understood, you are able to do all of the occasions however the perfect 5 depend and sure, for certain that modifications the technique slightly bit. It is nonetheless an extended method to go for the championship in case you are eager about this.

FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP

Current:
1st Jari Huttunen (FIN)

Q:
What a weekend it has been for you on the island of Sardinia. It is a WRC3 win, implausible battles all through the weekend in your class. How do you’re feeling along with your implausible outcome this weekend?
JH:
The sensation is actually good, after all. Not any large errors, we had a puncture and we misplaced perhaps 10 seconds, so I will be actually comfortable. We did not actually push on this weekend but it surely went fairly nicely.

Q:
It is an vital outcome for you within the championship problem, sure?
JH:
Yeah, it was a great battle however I do not know if I’m going to do subsequent championship rallies anymore.

Q:
So you’re not sure about Ypres and about Monza? When will you realize?
JH:
Good query, I do not know.

Q:
Are you hoping to get some extra finances?
JH:
Sure, after all. Let’s have a look at what we are able to do.

Q:
Jari, I do know you’re ready for finances for these subsequent two occasions, however is there any planning for subsequent 12 months but?
JH:
No, I haven’t got it in any respect. Hopefully somebody is aware of, however I do not know something.

Q:
If you happen to needed to sum up your expertise right here, how would you describe it?
JH:
First time right here as Pontus, it was actually troublesome however like I mentioned, it is going nicely, when you do not actually push and the instances usually are not that good, however on the finish all the pieces is nice.

 
FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Current:
1st Tom Kristensson (SWE)

Q:
Tom, WRC Junior winner right here in Sardinia, nice outcome for you, we have seen a number of drama right here within the Junior championship over the weekend. We questioned if there could be any vehicles left on the finish of the rally. It’s a hit for you, inform me about your weekend!
TK:
The experiences from final 12 months have been essential, for certain, and the expertise of driving with the Pirelly tyres has additionally been essential too. We have been capable of get a great tyre technique and that paid off immediately from the primary stage, truly, so actually assured with that one. There’s additionally a extremely particular feeling in entrance of this weekend as a result of everyone is aware of the Island, that could be very tough, there numerous stones, very tough and slim locations, however there are additionally very nice components on the phases the place you may push exhausting and simply go for a fantastic feeling. So, nicely, we began very nicely and we simply continued driving and we have been protected through the rally. On the finish, we discovered that the automotive was struggling and there have been additionally technical points and likewise some crashes. Additionally in the present day, we wished to achieve the tip of each stage and simply attempt to make it to the tip to seize the victory. I do not suppose I’ll win a Junior WRC occasion with eleven minutes anymore.

Q:
I used to be simply going to say that is such an enormous margin of time, is not it? Such an vital win at this level for you: the stage wins as nicely clearly counts factors for the Junior championship. With yet one more spherical remaining, how vital was this win?
TK:
I believe it was very, essential for certain. I imply, victory on the phases are additionally essential, we had these as nicely. Now we simply must focus and do an excellent preparation for subsequent occasion to do this sort of tarmac. There may very well be snow, gravel or muddy locations, so we’ll simply see what’s going to occur there. For certain, I’ll do my greatest and push for the victory in Junior WRC. That is my aim.



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