11 September 2011
Rally Australia - Post-event press conference
Yes. It's a good boost for the whole team and I have to say I'm proud to be in such a team that we can make such decisions and both drivers and both crews are supporting each other so it's a big thing. Also another thing for me is that in this rally, for me on Friday, we had very slippery conditions and now we can see that it's only Scandinavian crews that have the best control! Earlier it was said that the middle European drivers were the Tarmac specialists, but Friday shows that in slippery conditions, the Scandinavians have the best control in handling those conditions.
Petter, back on the podium in third position overall and you take one Power Stage point. Are you feeling happy with the way the rally has gone this weekend?
Of course I'm very happy about that. Everyone out here had a very difficult Friday. It was very tough and the thing is I'm very happy about my speed. I've been on good pace for the whole weekend so for me that was the main thing. The engine changed before this rally so everything was back on track and the thing is, we can't continue the way we did for the past two rallies or there would be no point to drive and no point to continue with the rallies, but now, everything was good. The car worked good so very enjoyable between the stages this weekend. Lots of stories and it's been really good fun.
You didn't seem really happy with the car until yesterday afternoon, what changed?
I didn't do so much but some other things changed in the car and the car ran faster so it was good. The pace was faster. The magic touch sometimes makes the difference.
In terms of the season ahead will we see you compete at all the remaining WRC rounds?
If it was the same performance as the two last rallies then I would stop. When you have a lot of sponsors, you need performance. I can't say that I've sold in to be fifth in every rally. We'll drive in France and then take it from there. If it's a good performance there then we'll continue. I have to perform. I want more than sitting here at third but I'm very happy, very pleased with the week and that I'm back on the podium.
And what of next year?
No nothing happening yet. We'll wait and see. Discussions are in place but we'll have to wait and see.
These boys have full advantage of manufacturer testing. What kind of test will you have before the event?
I don't think there will be any testing for me before the rally so I try to use what I had in Germany with some small changes because of the different surface and combinations. That's about it and I'll take it from there.
Chris, some drama's along the way this weekend. How tough was it on day one after making notes in dry conditions to be faced a totally different perspective, were there constant changes?
On Friday, no there weren't too many changes to the notes, it was just a case of surviving on the stages and the notes all seemed to work okay, but today the stages were so fast and technical and I think everybody made quite a few adjustments. The first pass through is obviously very difficult when you come to a new rally and you get two passes in a fairly slow recce car. And, with the stages being so fast today, it was quite difficult but on Friday the conditions were just so bad so we were just surviving and getting through the stages.
In terms of motivation, how does this transform the guys back at base?
We all know Petter, and he is permanently motivated. We've never lost our motivation and we try to motivate the team as much as we can. Obviously this weekend has been fantastic and everyone's spirits have risen. Motivation has never been lost and we're really motivated for France now to try and get another podium finish and if not, a bit higher.
Malcolm, you said it was important to win here and the team have secured a one-two; is there a sense of relief in the Ford camp?
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