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Rally France - Pre-event press conference

Romain, welcome to the WRC! You make your WRC debut here in France. We have seen you compete previously in the French Rally Championship, how long have you had a passion for rallying?

Romain Dumas:
For me to be here is a very big step! I have always driven a Porsche so far and I have done only four rallies in the championship.

Q:
You will compete in a MINI John Cooper Works WRC here in France; did you have time to test it before the event? What do you think of the car?

Romain Dumas:
I have only driven 30 kilometres and that testing was very different from what I know with the Porsche. The MINI has a very good chassis.

Q:
How difficult a process is creating the pace notes for you with your co-driver?

Romain Dumas:
It's the hardest work for me compared to what I do, I have to change all my system of notes. It's my first time here, the notes are difficult to adjust and the new roads have a lot of tricks, it's very challenging.

Q:
What is the hope here in France? What will be your strategy?

Romain Dumas:
My goal is to stay on the road but we all are competitors, I hope to stay on the road and get better and better. On the shakedown I gained so much time lap after lap. We have to be quick straight away with a new car. I really hope to see the finish line. I could do more rallies, we'll see.

Q:
Yvan, you are back at Rallye de France for the third time, this time in a MINI John Cooper Works WRC. How have you prepared for this event?

Yvan Muller:
I am very happy with the MINI, it's easy to drive but sometimes it's hard to go faster. With a four-wheel-drive the technique is very different and to get confidence is not easy. Step by step I will push.

Q:
After three attempts here what are the lessons learned previously that you bring to France this time?

Yvan Muller:
I need to work more on the notes, but for that you need to race more. It's important to go through all the stages. I would love to do more rallies but it takes some time. The French Rally has no clashes with my calendar, so that's okay.

Q:
Dave Wilcock from Prodrive has said that you should be aiming for a top 10 finish, what do you think?

Yvan Muller:
I think it gives me a lot of pressure! The top 10? I would have to be lucky as those guys in front have a lot of experience. I have done eight rallies in 10 years, which is less than what they do in a year. I would be happy to finish in the top 20.

Q:
Sébastien Loeb has mentioned a possible switch to WTCC in the future; do you have any advice for our World Champion?

Yvan Muller:



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