Rally of Turkey - Pre-event press conference

Pre-event press conference for the Rally of Turkey with Mikko Hirvonen, Dani Sordo, Matt Wilson and former F1 man Kimi Raikkonen.
Drivers: Mikko Hirvonen (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT), Kimi Raikkonen (Citroen Junior Team), Dani Sordo (Citroen Total WRT) and Matt Wilson (Stobart M-Sport Ford RT).

Press conference.

Mikko, Rally Turkey has featured on the calendar since 2003 but now we move to a new base near Istanbul, what are your first impressions of the stages?

Mikko Hirvonen:
For sure, it is completely different. The stages are a lot faster, some are basically straight – and they are quite rough in places as well. The organisers fixed the roads with abrasive gravel, so it will be tough on the cars.

Will Saturday be the roughest day?

Yes. The long stage and in the one before there are some rough sections, but the cars are pretty strong. I hope it doesn't come down to luck: somebody is lucky not to break something.

How tough would it be to run first on the road on day two?

On some sections, you might lose some time being first on the road. But the sections which have been repaired are so deep they're not going to clean. Also, there could be some rain which would also help to take away the problem.

Turkey marks the one 100th rally for you and Jarmo Lehtinen as a partnership. How are you planning on celebrating this landmark?

I didn't even know that before you said it! I suppose it's a great landmark. It's been okay so far, maybe the next 100 rallies we'll have some more victories - starting here.

You are now third in the Drivers' Championship, 31 points behind Sebastien Loeb and six points behind team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. How important is it to take a good result here and do you feel pressure to achieve that?

No. The road position is perfect; this is what I was hoping for.

You didn't win until round seven last year, how do you feel about this season?

It's early days yet. For sure the mistake in Jordan has left me in a difficult position, but we just have to win rallies and if we do that everything is possible.

Kimi, we are now on round four of the Championship, how are you enjoying your WRC experience so far?

Kimi Raikkonen:

Related Pictures

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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Matthew Wilson (GBR) Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP), Citroen C4 Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team

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