Rally Sweden - Pre-event press conference

Rally Sweden pre-event press conference with Evgeny Novikov, Jari-Matti Latvala, Mikko Hirvonen and Martin Prokop
Drivers: Evgeny Novikov (Qatar M-Sport WRT); Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen Motorsport); Mikko Hirvonen (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT); Martin Prokop (Jipocar Czech National Team).

Press conference

Evgeny, it was an impressive performance before heading to the Col de Turini stage in Monte-Carlo a few weeks ago. Accident aside, how did you find your first event for the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team and were you happy with your performance?

Evgeny Novikov:
It was very good until the moment we retired. It was a difficult rally. What can I say? It was one of the most or maybe even the most disappointing retirement in my career.

Has the accident knocked your confidence or not?

Evgeny Novikov:
No. Not at all. It could be much better and we could feel better here, but I am not thinking about this. I am concentrating on this rally. I forgot Monte-Carlo, now we keep going.

How many kilometres have you done in testing? What were the conditions for the test? Are you happy with the set-up achieved for Sweden?

Evgeny Novikov:
We did one and half days of testing with 400 kilometres. We did 250 one day and 150 on a different road the next day. I have been finding out the set-up and now I am feeling confident to see how it will be tomorrow.

Driving in the factory team, is there more pressure on you this year?

Evgeny Novikov:
In our position more people are waiting for good results and we have to make them. But this pressure doesn't influence on me. If you think about this, it will be more difficult, so I don't think. I concentrate on each stage and trying to do the best that I can.

You've talked about being a changed man, no more maximum attack – is this still the case?

Evgeny Novikov:
Of course. We are here to fight. I have to attack and drive maximum, as quickly as we can. It's still the same, but now I hope I am a bit more consistent – I have more experience now.

Jari-Matti, it was your debut for the Volkswagen team in Monte-Carlo, a new team and a new car to get to grips with in treacherous conditions. What is your assessment of your performance there?

Jari-Matti Latvala:

Related Pictures

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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Martin Prokop (CZ) Jan Tomanek (CZ), Ford Fiesta WRC
Evgeny Novikov (RUS), Ford Fiesta WRC, Qatar M-Sport WRT
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

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