WRC – Acropolis Rally Greece – T.Neuville: “To get the 1-2-3 this weekend feels wonderful”


WRC – Acropolis Rally Greece – T.Neuville: “To get the 1-2-3 this weekend feels wonderful”

Current:
Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT – Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid
Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT – Ott Tänak (EST), Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid
Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT – Dani Sordo (ESP), Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid
Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT – Julien Moncet (FRA), Deputy Group Principal

Q:
Thierry congratulations on the win right here at Acropolis, it’s been some time to attend for the primary win to come back this season. Now it’s lastly right here, how are you feeling after it?
TN:
Yeah, it’s lastly right here such as you say. It has been a very long time since Spain final yr we haven’t been on the highest step of the rostrum and there haven’t been many podiums both, and it’s true it felt like ages. So it’s a very good feeling to be again to be sincere. It’s my sixteenth victory in WRC, I received’t say we get used to it however we all know the way it feels. However I really feel like this weekend there are particular feelings as a result of we have now achieved a 1-2-3 with the workforce which is one thing we have now labored onerous for over the previous years and we have now gone by means of loads of highs and downs, some tough occasions, some nice occasions as properly however we by no means achieved to safe a 1-2-3. To get it right here this weekend feels wonderful and I believe everyone within the workforce, and particularly these which were with me for the reason that starting within the workforce, really feel very proud and really feel like yeah one other mission is achieved.

Q:
How robust has the problem been this weekend on the market as a result of we’ve seen the leaderboard change on its head over the course of just some hours. What sort of problem has the Acropolis been this yr?
TN:
Yeah, it’s a difficult occasion. It’s the traits of the levels however as properly the itinerary makes it much more difficult as a result of the truth that Friday’s a protracted day in sizzling temperatures so it was actually exhausting, after which we had utterly completely different traits once more and all through the entire day the circumstances are altering and it’s a must to face any situation and be good on all these levels, and that makes it very difficult however like I mentioned the start after the primary stage already, the automotive felt nice for the reason that starting and I felt comfy within the automotive as properly and this makes it way more simple then.

Q:
You talked about how particular the 1-2-3 is for the workforce. There’s loads of work that goes on behind the scenes that we don’t see, and there’s been loads of chat within the press, particularly this yr. This end result now silences that chatter, proper?
TN:
I believe we’re able to calming down all these criticism, already a few occasions in the past. It’s the fourth occasion when in a row all three automobiles are operating with none main points. Ott was capable of safe two victories in a row as properly in order that reveals that the pace is there and the reliability is there as properly. I imply Ott was able to beating the Toyotas at their house occasion in Finland, we each have been main in Ypres as properly and right here once more I believe we have been the strongest. This reveals that we have now a very good momentum, we’re in a very good temper, however we have now to watch out as properly on the opposite aspect. I believe that, yeah, it’s not as a result of we had a few good occasions we predict that we’re there proper now. I believe all drivers agree that we nonetheless have some enhancements to do and we nonetheless have to proceed pushing very onerous to have the ability to maintain that momentum and go ahead as a result of there are a few difficult occasions to come back. However yeah, let’s consider in one of the best and hope for even higher ends in the upcoming occasions.

Q:
Ott, second place right here. Let’s begin off with the problem of this occasion in the beginning. We noticed you drivers in absolute bucketload of sweat on the finish of levels, it was exhausting, it was robust, it was difficult. It appears it was more durable this yr than final yr, sure?
OT:
Yeah final yr was another way onerous. Already on the recce we had no visibility, it was very very similar to autumn climate. This yr we’re right here in the course of summer time, temperatures actually excessive, the levels particularly yesterday have been actually sluggish so we didn’t get any airflow within the automotive so yeah we obtained actually cooked by the tip of the day.

Q:
Congratulations to you all for making it by means of yesterday afternoon alone I believe! There have been a number of points that you just had all through the weekend, with out those that is aware of what the end result could be. Yesterday afternoon when issues have been going incorrect for the three Hyundais with this battery voltage subject, how involved have been you that it may very well be recreation over?
OT:
Yeah I imply to start with yeah, we had a few points so we have been not likely shut sufficient to take the struggle to Thierry, however I’d say yesterday afternoon it was simply warmth associated it was simply the protected mode so it was, let’s say, nothing to be involved [about]. I believe ultimately we knew fairly instantly what was the rationale and clearly the rationale was the identical why we have been getting cooked within the automotive so it was no distinction to the automotive.

Q:
We noticed some nice occasions from you when issues have been going proper. Yesterday morning for instance and once more this morning you got here out very, very punchy. Not fairly sufficient to make such a distinction to Neuville, there wasn’t sufficient kilometres right this moment actually?
OT:
No precisely, it was positively not going to work out similar to this. I imply Thierry’s been very robust this weekend and we simply misplaced an excessive amount of out from the start, simply too far-off and form of chasing

Q:
There was numerous chat this morning in regards to the potential for workforce orders. How a lot of a distraction was that this morning?
OT:
It was nothing we might change. We nonetheless had our personal job to do. I imply yeah, it was very apparent that Kalle made an ideal reward for us so we simply needed to take the utmost factors out of it and these factors we took now they have been the utmost I might take.

Q:
You had a superb run on the Energy Stage, the title nonetheless goes to New Zealand though he doesn’t need to do an excessive amount of in New Zealand to win. However who is aware of what might occur there with what we’ve seen prior to now two occasions?
OT:
Yeah I imply it’s by no means completed till it’s completed. Yeah, from my aspect I’ll nonetheless maintain pushing to see if we are able to take another factors out after which possibly we might maintain it open till not less than the final occasion. That’s the goal from my aspect. If it’s attainable or no we don’t know, but it surely’s not completed till it’s completed so my goal remains to be the championship to maintain it open.

Q:
Dani Sordo, we spoke in the beginning of the weekend and I mentioned no stress, each occasion we’ve seen you on this yr you’ve been on the rostrum, and also you do it once more! You might be positively one of the best second driver, substitute driver, no matter we name you, you ship the factors. How are you feeling on the finish of the weekend?
DS:
Yeah actually I used to be comfortable as a result of we’re 1-2-3 for the workforce, it was good. Clearly some drivers in entrance retired so we take some positions but in addition we didn’t make any errors. We have been on a regular basis there, so on the finish it was good

Q:
It was good. Took you a short time to rise up to your tempo on Friday although, it wasn’t till the ultimate stage on Friday the place we noticed the time begin to are available. I bear in mind you recognized one thing on the automotive earlier than the ultimate stage on Friday the place your time was much more aggressive. What was that?
DS:
I begin to take a little bit bit the rhythm of the weekend and for positive, initially it was tough. I hadn’t been actually on a very good tempo as a result of for my highway place usually I must be a little bit bit extra aggressive particularly within the first day. Second day additionally was not so unhealthy when we have now the identical highway place because the others, it was a little bit bit higher. However the first day I misplaced a little bit little bit of time there.

Q:
What was the sensation going into the ultimate stage right this moment, as a result of despite the fact that you simply needed to get by means of it, you didn’t have any stress behind, the levels gave the impression to be tough on the market. We noticed a few drivers have subject on the ultimate stage?
DS:
Yeah for positive when Evans, once we noticed he had issues, it was way more simple to attempt to maintain this place and never make any errors, so for the Energy Stage it was actually unhealthy. Some rocks and we didn’t wish to injury nothing and we weren’t combating for nothing there, simply to complete.

Q:
Julien congratulations on an historic day for Hyundai. A 1-2-3 has by no means been achieved by your workforce within the WRC and right this moment we see it occur on one of many hardest occasions on the championship calendar. What’s your emotions from the weekend?
JM:
To start with thanks very a lot, it’s an unimaginable feeling for all of the workforce. As you mentioned we have now by no means achieved such a end result since we’re in rally again in 2014, so it is extremely good. As Thierry mentioned we’re on a constructive momentum, we have now to watch out to not be too constructive and we all know that we nonetheless have to enhance the automotive on many features but it surely’s simply nice outcomes proper now.

Q:
And an ideal enhance for the Producers’ championship right this moment for you?
JM:
Yeah for the producers positively but it surely was actually necessary for us this 1-2-3, we’re actually connected to this end result. That’s the primary time this yr we received in Finland, I believe that’s the primary time as properly we have now three consecutive wins. In the event you look again in the beginning of the season the place we have been actually struggling to say the least, we knew we might battle in Monte Carlo we have been clearly late within the growth, within the elements, in all the pieces, and step-by-step we improved the automotive. I used to be fairly positive it will occur as a result of the workforce was nonetheless there, the infrastructure remains to be the identical so there was no motive we couldn’t make it once more, however we have been simply lacking time. So it was not a query of if however extra when. And sure it’s very, very good, unimaginable. One other web page in our historical past guide.

Q:
It actually is, a extremely necessary web page within the historical past guide. We transfer to New Zealand subsequent, we haven’t been there as a championship for a decade. I’m positive the drivers are actually trying ahead to getting again to these roads, and I’m positive the goal now for the workforce is one more win on the board?
JM:
Why not do 4 in a row? No, let’s take the occasion one after the other, let’s be not too optimistic neither. Possibly bear in mind we had some good occasions in the course of the season then Kenya was very, very tough and possibly what we have now realized in Kenya, how a lot we suffered in Kenya, paid off this weekend in Greece, as a result of it has confirmed us what we have to enhance on these robust rallies. So reliability was actually a key level this weekend. In New Zealand it will likely be a special rally, so we have now to be very cautious. For positive we’ll strive the absolute best end result however let’s see what we are able to obtain.

Q:
Ott I simply wish to come again to you lastly. Right this moment in FIA WRC3 Junior an Estonian driver has taken the championship title, Robert Virves. Give me your ideas on his efficiency this yr and the way comfortable you’re to see an Estonian doing properly in that class?
OT:
He’s not solely Estonian, he’s really from Saaremaa, it’s the island the place I’m from so it’s the identical place in small Estonia. I imply he has achieved an unimaginable job, he was positively lots smarter than I was. I believe he solely received this rally and he has simply been constant by means of the entire season so very good drive and it’s been an enormous job from his aspect to get the funding for this season. I understand how onerous it’s been for him simply sitting behind the doorways and asking for one greenback right here, one greenback there, so it’s been coming onerous to him however honest play, it’s an ideal prize for this Junior class as properly. It’s an ideal place to start out a profession and for positive we hope there’s one other era coming now.

FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Current:
Toksport WRT 2 – Emil Lindholm (FIN), Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo

Q:
Emil congratulations on the win. It’s I do know the second win this yr, however that is the primary let’s say correct win for you. Inform me the way you’re feeling on the finish of the hardest occasion I’m positive you confronted this yr?
EL:
Yeah you’re completely proper. It wasn’t nice to in some way inherit the win from Teemu in Finland, however now I can say that we actually did it. And yeah, I actually loved this occasion. It’s actually tough one the place that you must be form of strategic and know what to do and the place to push so a tricky one however actually gratifying.

Q:
It has been a extremely robust occasion all spherical however you appear to have averted issues on the market, you’ve been very cool and calm beneath stress. Did you think about the highest step of the rostrum was attainable right here?
EL:
Effectively you possibly can all the time dream. The lifelike a part of me was not anticipating to win right here, no. However OK after I noticed the stage occasions on Friday I quickly realised OK we would have an opportunity. Clearly and sadly Andreas’ drawback on Thursday helped us quite a bit, however that’s how it’s on this recreation. Yeah, comfortable anyhow and actually comfortable for the workforce. Truthfully with none points the automotive has been good this weekend so I can solely say an enormous because of them.

Q:
Toksport have been a busy workforce this weekend, even earlier than the occasion obtained underway with Brynildsen’s automotive. Speak in regards to the hardest level of the weekend although as we’ve simply spoken to the WRC drivers, we talked about yesterday, the 33 kilometre stage, the warmth, the focus ranges you to have. Which ingredient of the occasion did you discover the hardest on the market?
EL:
Certainly yesterday was robust with the warmth. Lengthy levels, and sluggish levels which suggests you don’t get loads of air into the automotive. However what I believe was actually tough and difficult for me was the very fact there’s so many levels. Principally loads of corners and to do the recce, to do each nook and to be good on the recce and to verify the levels from the movies takes loads of time, so it’s balancing with the work and the sleep and all the pieces like this. Nevertheless it appears like we in some way managed to seek out that steadiness yeah.

Q:
It was a little bit of a loopy stage on the Energy Stage as Yohan Rossel had that minor roll which you’d have handed. What did you assume once you noticed that?
EL:
Effectively clearly I used to be sorry for him. I in some way realised fairly shortly what had occurred as a result of there was correct ruts behind the crest which you couldn’t see once you entered the nook and yeah, it’s actually treacherous you possibly can simply roll a automotive in a spot like that. Yeah, unfortunate clearly for him to have that occur to him.

Q:
Did that put {that a} bit extra warning into your drive or not?
EL:
It did yeah as a result of I knew the remainder of the stage could be even… that was principally the beginning of the rutted part and instantly I noticed that there may very well be some points right here. So anyhow we had a niche which was fairly protected so I actually determined to again off then.

Q:
What’s the plan for the remainder of the season? Which different occasions are you doing?
EL:
We’re allowed to gather factors from two extra occasions. I hope to be in two extra occasions let’s say. For now it’s unsure however we’ll attempt to resolve and see what occurs fairly quickly after this.

FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP/FIA WRC3 JUNIOR

Current:
Robert Virves (EST), Ford Fiesta Rally3
Diego Dominguez (PRY), Ford Fiesta Rally3

Q:
Robert congratulations. You’ve got an enormous smile in your face and I can perceive why. Championship victory and the rally win, save one of the best for the final spherical which is what you’ve achieved. What are the feelings?
RV:
Effectively thanks, emotions are fairly good I’d say! Clearly I believe possibly I haven’t realised it but, what I’ve achieved, however yeah, I really feel actually good.

Q:
It’s an unimaginable achievement. To be WRC3 Junior champion with all of that reward subsequent yr as properly, what a season you’ve had. It’s been constant by way of your factors scoring, however coming into the ultimate spherical with so many drivers capable of take the championship title how did that really feel? Had been you a bit nervous earlier than beginning or not?
RV:
Not likely. I used to be taking it as another occasion and yeah clearly it wasn’t the simplest one to resolve the championship in as a result of we knew it will be actually, actually tough for the automobiles and the tyres so after Portugal, which wasn’t near this one by the roughness I completed the rally with seven punctures. So coming right here was yeah, not the simplest process however as I mentioned I didn’t really feel any large stress or something I simply needed to be taught from the errors from the previous and I simply tried to make it altogether right here and I believe it labored out rather well.

Q:
What was the sensation like right this moment, as a result of it might have gone any numbers of the way on the ultimate day. What was your mindset this morning, you get away from bed, you get to the service park, what did you assume? I’m simply going to go for it right this moment?
RV:
Not particularly really, I simply tried to not stress myself. I simply awakened, had my common espresso, took my automotive and went to the levels. So yeah, after all I had some technique for right this moment as a result of each runs of the Energy Stage have been actually, actually tough, even rougher than I anticipated so my plan was simply to be simple there and push on the second. The hole was sufficient, in order that’s all I wanted.

Q:
I wager coming by means of that ultimate energy stage you heard each noise within the automotive. Was that the case, have been you simply hyper conscious of touching any rock, any bang, any form of noise?
RV:
I imply I knew that I can’t again off an excessive amount of as a result of the highway circumstances have been I believe the worst of all of them throughout this weekend, so yeah I attempted to be quick within the locations the place it felt and appeared protected and I needed to again off a little bit bit within the rougher sections simply to be 110 per cent positive that the tyres and the automotive will final. However even then, we had surprises like the most important rock in the course of the rally which was behind a blind nook and I had no likelihood to keep away from it, it was fairly large impression however yeah, all the pieces labored out nice.

Q:
We simply had Ott Tänak within the WRC press convention and requested him what he considered you and your end result, and he was filled with reward for you. How a lot has he been supporting you and advising you?
RV:
He has been supporting me financially this yr, making it additionally attainable simply to start out the season so yeah, it’s been an ideal assist from him. And naturally if I’ve any questions on the right way to do something on the levels or no matter he’s the primary one which I textual content.

Q:
Lastly then, simply discuss us by means of the ultimate stage, when you’d accomplished it and having to attend to seek out out what Jon had achieved. How tough was that?
RV:
I used to be fairly positive that it was sufficient. I knew he could be lots sooner but it surely couldn’t be something too loopy as a result of I simply noticed what he needed to face in the course of the stage so I used to be fairly positive that it was sufficient. However nonetheless, fairly a protracted two minutes.

Q:
How would you sum up the entire expertise in FIA WRC3 Junior this yr. I’m positive it’s going to be a constructive response given you’ve simply received the title, however how has the entire season been being part of WRC3 Junior?
RV:
Yeah, as I mentioned I’m actually constructive about it. I’ve to be actually comfortable that I even was allowed to start out right here as a result of to start with of the season it wasn’t trying actually promising with price range, so yeah. It’s not an enormous quantity of individuals which are supporting me for the price range however they’ve all the time been with me and nonetheless supporting me no matter has been the end result from any occasion, so yeah after with the ability to begin in Sweden and going off the highway within the second stage, it feels actually good to be right here now.

Q:
Turning to Diego Dominguez, congratulations on the win in WRC3 Diego. What a weekend it has been for each driver right here but it surely’s one thing particular to have the ability to stroll away with a victory. How are you feeling?
DD:
I’m simply feeling wordless. After that first few occasions we had this yr which have been Sardinia and Kenya, each are rallies we have been profitable, we have been main till one thing occurred. So yesterday after I managed to get in entrance of Will [Creighton], I simply was considering ‘what’s going to occur tomorrow?’ However yeah fortunately we’re right here, it’s my first ever end in a WRC occasion so yeah fairly comfortable. Speechless, and simply very grateful with the workforce and with my household.

Q:
It’s a extremely robust occasion to take that victory on and as you mentioned on the earlier occasion one thing has all the time gone incorrect for you and we’ve been ready for you to have the ability to end. It’s occurred right here, how robust has the weekend been although? As a driver is that this the hardest occasion you’ve ever competed at?
DD:
For positive it’s within the prime two. For positive. And if it weren’t for the workforce really we wouldn’t end right this moment. On the second-to-last stage we hit an enormous rock that was in the course of the highway and we broke the decrease a part of the automotive and loads of oil was popping out, so we barely made it right here and the workforce did an ideal job and altered all the pieces. So yeah simply very grateful for them.

Q:
How did you discover the ultimate levels right this moment then as a result of as you mentioned, you have been form of ready for one thing to go incorrect. How was the ultimate stage for you, have been there a number of nerves there or not?
DD:
Really I used to be fairly nervous. I knew that Will was pushing fairly onerous and I simply needed to get the stage achieved to complete, however I couldn’t go as sluggish as I did on the primary loop so I simply tried to do one of the best I might with out hurting the automotive. However for positive the roads have been fairly, they’d fairly large ruts. The final 4 kilometres or so have been fairly damaged however yeah, that’s rallying so yeah, comfortable

Q:
What’s the plan for the remainder of the season now. What different occasions are we going to see you at?
DD:
For positive you’re going to see me in Spain.

Questions from the ground:

Bo Christer Bofeldt, Worldrally.se (SWE)
We’ve seen right this moment and yesterday you have been driving like an expert driver. You’ve got good approach and all the pieces good. What dialogue did you and Julia speak about this morning?
RV:
Nothing particular, we drove right here and simply thought that we have to proceed like we had achieved it yesterday. So nothing too particular.

Reiner Kuhn, Motorsport Aktuell (DEU)
Will we see you this yr in different rallies? Are there plans to come back to Spain or is the season over?
RV:
No this was my final one. I haven’t… after all I’ve my house island rally coming the place I’d after all prefer to compete, however for now it’s like it’s. So I’ll get house and begin to consider the following occasions.

Q:
In Sardinia you mentioned the rally was a present out of your father for learning.
DD:
Yeah for me for graduating from college.

Q:
Precisely, so now you’re allowed to do extra rallies. You could possibly go skilled or is it nonetheless only a interest?
DD:
The thought is to get to P1, to be combating there with all the good names we have now these days. Nevertheless it’s a protracted shot, however we’re going to strive our greatest to be there

Q:
Subsequent yr you can be within the Juniors? There’s a plan to increase the programme?
DD:
Sure for positive we have now a programme till 2025.

 



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