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Wales Rally GB - Pre-event press conference

You were on the podium here last year and I'm sure you will be trying to get the same result if not better here Mads. What's the plan for you?

Mads Ostberg:
We are in it to fight for a top position, it's a rally, like Petter, I also like lots. For Norwegian drivers and also Swedish it's quite similar roads to what we are used to. It's a rally I enjoy lots and we always come here to fight for a good position so I know, for sure, that many drivers will fight for their positions, but we want to try to push as hard as we can right from the beginning of the rally and try to challenge the factory drivers.

Q:
You tested at the start of the week, near Sweet Lamb. What was it like, what were the conditions like?

Mads Ostberg:
Yeah it was quite wet and muddy, so like normal really. I thought it would be a bit different going a bit earlier but so far it's been really similar to November. Maybe it will change for the weekend but I think if it's rainy or sunny I enjoy this rally anyway.

Q:
One of the drivers has told me he saw dust on the stage. Surely that's not the same as December?

Mads Ostberg:
No, that's actually true. We had some dust on the recce, on the last stage we recce'd on Tuesday. We actually had to stop and wait because the dust had to settle, so that was a really good feeling in Wales.

Q:
From the testing are you feeling confident? Do you think you have found the right set up from the conditions that we have. I know you said it was wet conditions but we have dry conditions by the looks of things for tomorrow.

Mads Ostberg:
We know we have a good car for the rain and we know from previous events that the car works very well in dry conditions as well. Okay, we haven't been able to test in dry conditions here in Wales but I feel quite confident that if it is dry here we can do some small changes to the car to feel good. It's just really to drive as quick as possible in any conditions.

Q:
From what you can see from the recce, how abrasive are the stages in the dry parts; will there be tyre wear issues?

Mads Ostberg:
I think it can be an issue. I think we have to choose the tyres well and I think it will be damp in the mornings so maybe you want to go on the soft, but then will they last or not? It's a bit of a challenge, even if we go on the hard tyres in some of the stages they can wear out as well so we need to think a little bit about that and be careful in places.

Q:
In terms of strategy for the weekend, what is the plan?

Mads Ostberg:
It's just to go as quick as possible. We will push from the first stage and push really hard this weekend.




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Matthew Wilson (GBR) Scott Martin (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
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Petter Solberg (NOR), Ford Fiesta WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Petter Solberg (NOR), Ford Fiesta WRC, Ford World Rally Team

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