24 March 2011
Rally de Portugal - Pre-event press conference
I hope so, it's good for the sport, but we shouldn't forget the other drivers, Mikko, Jari-Matti and Petter, it can be interesting when the cars are close.
Portugal last year was where you secured your maiden WRC victory; does it bring back good memories for you now?
Yes, of course, it's nice to come back here. It was my first victory in WRC and one of the first rallies I did here. I did it two times, maybe I know it best. The stages are similar to last year and I have a good road position.
You are sixth in the Championship, are you feeling more pressure now to achieve a good result because of the retirement in Mexico?
Mexico was, for sure, not good. We are behind Mikko, but the season is very long – we will have a good start position for the next gravel events and I'm glad to see that.
The Power Stage is long here at more than 30 kilometres, what will be the tactics and the risks for that stage?
It's difficult to speak about that before the last day. It depends on how the rally is. For sure, if you are leading, nobody wants to take too much risk, it's difficult. The stage is so long and completely different, with slow, twisty and a lot of gravel on the road. We can see the speed and adapt the rhythm, it's different.
Daniel, we see you in the MINI S2000, what can you tell us about the car?
The car is quite good, for me it's quite difficult to say so much about the car without so many kilometres. We have a good car for the future. We want to see what happens in this race.
How much testing have you done?
Only 40 kilometres on a tarmac road, enough to make some kilometres on the car, but the real test was here in Portugal, where we did 35 or 40 kilometres. Still, this is not enough to be confident with the car, but we will try to do our best.
Can you tell us more about your programme for this year?
We don't have so much experience from Brazil. We want to show Brazil's people what is rally, we want to make some publicity to show what can happen.
Henning you had an injury with the biggest blister on your hand we ever saw in Mexico. Is that better now? Will you be able to drive?
It's okay now. It was hard to drive in Mexico, I did six stages with no power steering, but we came through and made some points.
You seemed frustrated in Mexico, how are you feeling about competing here?
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