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Jost Capito, Volkswagen – Q&A
12 January 2013
If you could have chosen a rally for the Polo R WRC to make its debut at, would you have taken the Rally Monte Carlo?
The Rally Monte Carlo is not only the most iconic rally on the World Championship calendar, but also the most difficult and complex. The surface alternates regularly between ice, snow, rain and dry asphalt, which can make the strategy difficult and tyre selection something of a lottery. We are obviously delighted that the Polo R WRC will make its debut at this highlight.
In Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala you have signed two very quick drivers. Who do you feel is the stronger?
They are both equally strong. As a Scandinavian, Latvala grew up on gravel - however, he has made huge progress on asphalt in recent years. The same applies to Ogier, who also has what it takes to win on any surface. Both have seven WRC wins to their name. In the end it will come down to who performs best on the day to determine who is the quickest.
What goals does Volkswagen have for the 2013 season?
We are aware that we will be up against strong opposition with decades of World Rally Championship experience. The Polo R WRC, on the other hand, is making its debut this year and the team also has a new look to it. As such, we have to set realistic goals. We want to make it onto the podium under our own steam in the second half of the year.
I cannot wait to finally getting going. The entire team at Volkswagen is looking forward to the WRC debut of the Polo WRC. World Championship rallies in the top WRC class are new territory for the team. Furthermore, the Polo R WRC has been developed from scratch, features a lot of innovative ideas, and will be making its competitive debut. The Monte will give us our first indication of how we compare with the opposition - our rivals already have two years' experience of the regulations that came into force in 2011, and have been driving in the WRC for many years, [so] our goal for the Rally Monte Carlo is to gain as much experience as possible and to finish with both cars.
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