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Pre-event press conference - Monte Carlo

You will take number one status within the Ford World Rally Team this year; do you feel under any more pressure than normal to perform?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
It's like Sébastien said: every driver in the team wants to do his best. When Mikko left to Citroën, the main testing was done by myself – the situation wasn't very clear until close to Christmas. I have done more development on the car, so I have been a little like the team leader. But, as the rally starts I'm not going to think about this. We will do our best and fight for the Manufacturers' and Drivers' titles. To do that, you need to get everything right and everything perfect, but that's why I'm here.

Q:
Last year you showed some really good speed on asphalt, are you looking forward to that element of this event?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
I enjoy the tarmac. When you get the feeling and you have learned it, I like it. This is a different rally though; this is not like Catalunya or Rallye de France. The set-up here is quite different. We're in the mountains here. We have wet, dry, ice, snow and the set-up is always going to be mixed. Still, okay, the character of the tarmac roads is quite the same, and on this rally the same things matter as on a normal tarmac rally. It's just when it snows and its full snow that it becomes more like Sweden.

Q:
Tell me about the available options to you in regard to tyres for this weekend and how crucial getting it right is.

Jari-Matti Latvala:
The tyre choice decides whether you win or lose the rally. François [Delecour] did some very clever choices here last year. The information from the team is crucial. You have to think a lot and this makes it stressful, you make the choice in the Service Park and wonder if it will rain or snow in the mountains when you get there later.

Q:
Dani, you return with the MINI WRC Team this year, it will be great to see a MINI compete again on Rallye Monte-Carlo!

Dani Sordo:
It's been a little bit busy start to the season: everybody knows nothing, but then you get the call and everybody is there. Okay, we miss Kris Meeke, but I am here and I am happy.

Q:
How much testing have you done in the car and how did it go?

Dani Sordo:
We test for one day and a half. One day in normal conditions and then half a day in the snow for the tyres. We don't have big new things, but the car is here and we have evolution in two months.

Q:
What would you say is the biggest challenge of Rallye Monte-Carlo?

Dani Sordo:
I think the rally is really nice. After the recce, I can say: “Oh this stage is really nice, the sensation is really nice.” If it is snowing or ice, it can be tough, but during the recce it was okay and really nice conditions. We will see if it stays like this.

Q:
We saw you on the podium twice last year, is that the aim?

Dani Sordo:
Why not? We are here to try and fight. It's difficult for the victory when Mr Sébastien [Loeb] is always at the top. Also Jari-Matti [Latvala] is pushing hard on tarmac, Mikko [Hirvonen] has a new car and Petter [Solberg] is also with a new car. There are lots of questions before the rally, but I want to be on the podium.

Q:
Francois, great to see you back in a WRC car! What do you think of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC and how glad are you to be back?

Francois Delecour:
This is my life and this is the only thing I can do well, approximately. I love doing this, this is my job and it's great to be here after 10 years or something [out of a factory-specification World Rally Car]. The last time was 2001 or something. I can feel the big gap. The new car goes very fast and to use it at the top – everything is very fast. This is what can be difficult for my job. Don't worry; I know the gap will be there. Last year was not so bad with the younger drivers, but I am 49 and I am not so young compared with the other drivers at Ford. I look at them and they are all in their 20s; Dominique [Savignoni, co-driver] and I are over 100 years. And I didn't drive so much; my last rally was one year ago. But I am so happy to come here. Using the car to the maximum could be difficult for me, these cars are very fast.

Q:
But on this event, you have to be clever as well – it's not all about speed. You were clever last year?

Francois Delecour:
I'm not sure to be clever. I call the people in the hotel on the col and they say it's snowing a lot, so I said: “Okay, I'll take the studs.”

Q:
Will you do more events in the WRC?

Francois Delecour:


Tagged as: Ford , Sordo , Latvala , Monte Carlo , MINI , Delecour

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