Rally Mexico - Pre-event press conference

Rally Mexico 2012 pre-event press conference with Thierry Neuville, Sebastien Loeb, Ken Block and Jari-Matti Latvala

Drivers: Thierry Neuville (Citroen Junior WRT), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total WRT), Ken Block (Monster WRT) and Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford WRT).

Press conference

Thierry, this is your first time at Rally Mexico - I understand you have been watching lots of previous on-board videos; do you feel suitably prepared for this event?

Thierry Neuville:
Exactly, everybody knows I am a laptop specialist and look at everything I can find. When you see the stages it looks a little different and is more twisty than I first thought. It is important to have good pace notes.

From what you have seen on the recce what do you think of the stages, can you compare them to other gravel rallies you have contested?

Thierry Neuville:
I think Saturday and Sunday are difficult with very long stages and these will not be easy. Friday is a little bit easier to learn. Okay, the long stage will be very difficult. I will just try to stay on the road. Maybe I will try and push a little harder in some parts and set some good split times.

This year we see you in a Citroen DS3 WRC; how have you found the experience so far?

Thierry Neuville:
Okay, it could be better. I retired on the first rally (Monte Carlo) and finished 12th in Sweden. I want to do better. If the feeling is good we try to push a bit harder. I don't have the pace of the top guys yet.

The number of events you will be competing on has increased, what is the aim for you this season?

Thierry Neuville:
I have been quite lucky and found sponsors to do two rallies more. Now I can go to France and Spain as well. This is good for me because I have experience of tarmac rallies where I can be faster and that is easier for me.

What will be your approach to this event? Who will you be taking comparisons from with your speed?

Thierry Neuville:
I need to compare but I know there might be a big gap to start. I will try to see how the difference is after a few days. We need to compare our speed to the fastest guys. That is our target to be like them in the future.

Sebastien, we see some changes to the route this year, new stages, some run in reverse and of course the 54 kilometre stage on Sunday. What do you think of the changes?

Sebastien Loeb:

Related Pictures

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Thierry Neuville (BEL), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Ken Block (USA), Ford Fiesta WRC, Monster World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Ford Fiesta, FORD WRT
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) , Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team

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