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Pre-event press conference - Australia

As I said, my priority is to keep Ford in the WRC but of course we want to strengthen our driver line-up, hence our relationship with the likes of Tänak. To be honest, you can't discount anything but our main priority is to keep Ford in the WRC.

Q:
How much pressure is on the team for a good result?

Malcolm Wilson:
Certainly a good result would definitely help. We want to win. It's what Ford wants as well but that won't be the final decision about WRC. We need to get Ford back on the top step of the podium.

Q:
Evgeny, the rally hasn't even started and there has been drama at shakedown. An off road incident for you – what happened?

Evgeny Novikov:
On the second pass I cut the corner too much and the steering arm was broken but the car is not bad so no, it's not a big problem for me.

Q:
How much damage has been done to the car?

Evgeny Novikov:
The car will be okay for the rally.

Q:
Let's talk about the season so far because we have seen a different approach from you – you seem to be a lot calmer and not attacking the stages quite so much. What has changed and why?

Evgeny Novikov:
It's difficult to say but priorities have changed this year. In 2009 I tried to always drive maximum not caring what would happen. This year I'm trying to get more experience. I need experience for the future so my priorities have changed.

Q:
Do you find that frustrating as a driver or do you feel it's doing you good this year?

Evgeny Novikov:
It's not so bad this year. The speed is not so bad but we've had some problems during the rallies but I hope everything will be okay for the future.

Q:
What will be the approach here?

Evgeny Novikov:
I'll start the rally and see how it goes and then I'll make plans for the rest of the rally. For the moment I don't know.

Q:
Have you competed on roads that are comparable to here?

Evgeny Novikov:
Some of them are quite similar to New Zealand, sometimes similar to Japan. They're very good and I like them.

Q:
What is the plan for next year, will we see you return as part of the WRC?

Evgeny Novikov:
I don't know plans for the next year. I need to finish this year. There are still three events to go for me so I don't know yet.



Tagged as: Ford , Wilson , Novikov , Citroën , Australia , Ogier

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