21 October 2010
Pre-event press conference – Spain
Pre-event press conference ahead of the latest round of the World Rally Championship in Spain featuring Dani Sordo, Ken Block, Kimi Raikkonen and Malcolm Wilson.
Drivers: Dani Sordo (Citroën Total World Rally Team), Ken Block (Monster World Rally Team) and Kimi Raikkonen (Citroën Junior Team).
Team principal: Malcolm Wilson (BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team)
Dani, the weight of expectation is on your shoulders, everyone expects you to win here! Are you feeling the pressure?
The feeling is good, like every rally. Here, honestly, it's Spain and I have a really good position. I would like to go for that. It's the same on rallies every year. The pressure is a little bit more.
It's all change this year, with gravel stages on the opening day. Will it make this event more exciting do you think?
I don't like the tarmac pass with the gravel tyre, the car moves a lot. Maybe for the spectator yes, but the gravel is really nice. It's a really nice idea and also for more rallies in the future. It's more interesting for the spectators; it's nice also for the drivers to do that in the future. Do it in this way: first day gravel and then tarmac.
You have a good position on the road, will that help?
I'm not sure there's enough gravel. Maybe we can take some time, but Petter Solberg is still there and he can take some time. [Sébastien] Loeb will lose a little bit of time, but you never know with Sébastien…
We still have not heard what your plans are for next year, what can you tell us? Will you remain with Citroën or are you in discussion with another team?
I'm in the same position as him [Räikkönen]. Maybe we can make the team together!
Who are you talking to?
At the moment I'm still at Citroën. I want to concentrate on this rally and then we can see afterwards. It's maybe in the Citroën Junior Team, but the main thing is that I want to fight for victory. We will see after this rally.
And what's the plan for this rally: flat-out from the start?
I need to be fast on the first lap, on the second lap it's the same for everybody. So, for sure, the first lap is flat-out.
Malcolm, the team's 'Happy Hour' function was a special one last night with a presentation being made to you by Carlos Sainz to celebrate the team's 200th WRC event – I believe you had no idea it was happening?
I have to say it goes down as the biggest shock of my life. I had no idea what was happening when Carlos came in. As you know, I tend to try and know everything going on in my business, so I was a little bit uptight. It was a surprise that Carlos was there to present something to me, but a bigger surprise that I'd done 200 rallies, along with John Millington and George Black. It was a very nice surprise.
We have seen Jari-Matti [Latvala] gain huge amounts of confidence this season, whilst Mikko [Hirvonen] has experienced the worst season of his career. This year Jari-Matti was given second driver status; will they be on equal terms next year?
Tagged as: Ford , BP Ford Abu Dhabi , Kimi Raikkonen , Spain , Sordo , press conference , Dani Sordo , Malcolm Wilson , Ken Block , Block , Monster
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