Drivers: Evgeny Novikov
(Citroen Junior Team), Sebastien Loeb
(Citroen Total World Rally Team), Mikko Hirvonen
(BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team) and Matthew Wilson
(Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team)
Evgeny, you are competing with the Citroen
Junior Team this year, your first outing was in Norway. What did you think of your performance there?
It is a very fast car. On a technical level we are trying to get a good set-up. The last race in Norway was quite good for me. I wanted to reach the finish and I did that. The stage results on the first day and the Sunday stage times showed that we could go fast.
We are used to seeing you in a Group N car, what did you think of the C4 WRC?
It's another level. It is not going to be easy to take a result here. I will try my best to do what I can.
We saw some impressive displays from you last year, most notably in Japan where you almost took away the win. Will we get to see that kind of pace from you in WRC this year?
Of course, my aim is to finish the rally. It will be a very difficult rally. It will also be my first time on tarmac roads on gravel tyres.
It will be your first time competing in Cyprus – what did you think of the stages from what you saw on the recce?
They are very nice and technical stages and they will be very hard for the driver and the co-driver. The roads are very twisty, but I like such roads.
You are part of the Citroen
family now, what has the support been like? Has Sebastien (Loeb) been giving you any advice at all?
It is a good opportunity for me to be in a team with such a friendly atmosphere. 'Seb' and I have not spent that much time together until now but, hopefully, he will give me some advice, of course.
Sebastien, we are back in Cyprus after a break of two years and the drivers are faced with a mixed surface event using gravel tyres on tarmac on the opening day. You have tested the tyres on tarmac, how was it?