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Rally de Portugal – Pre-event press conference

Rally de Portugal pre-event press conference with Mads Ostberg, Andreas Mikkelsen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Yves Matton
Present: Mads Ostberg (Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team), Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen Motorsport II), Yves Matton (Citroen Racing) and Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen Motorsport).


Press conference

Q:
Mads, last year in Portugal we saw very difficult conditions which you seemed to really enjoy! From what you have seen from the recce will it be the same conditions?

Mads Ostberg:
For sure we are here to push this year. It will be difficult this year as well, from the weather last year we damaged a lot of the road and it doesn't look like they have repaired the roads one hundred per cent. It will be a hard event this year, we need to be careful, but the plan is to push maximum from the beginning.

Q:
We saw some tactics from you in Qualifying. What can you tell us about that?

Mads Ostberg:
We decided to run the hard tyre through the morning. We don't have too many [tyres] for this event, and we will need the qualifying tyres as spares, so we decided to go on the hard tyre. We knew this would slow us down a bit, but I'm quite happy with that and the others choosing the soft tyre is better for us.

Q:
We have seen your performance improve this year; you have upped your pace however you have had some technical issues out of your control. What is your thought on the season to date?

Mads Ostberg:
Well, it's both good and bad things. We have had too many problems with the car, which is difficult for us, but we can see we have the speed and we can push on the high level. I'm happy with the speed, but not the results. We have only done three rallies, hopefully the results will come soon.

Q:
Last year, it was a win for you after Hirvonen was excluded. We are still waiting for the first 'real' win though. When do you think we might see that?

Mads Ostberg:
I'm trying this weekend…

Q:
Since we saw you last you have been a little bit of a 'Dare Devil' making a 60 metre jump on snow in your WRC car. Are there anymore stunts planned for this year?!

Mads Ostberg:
It's was a show in Norway, in one of the biggest ski resorts. Basically, it's a show for people to come and watch. We jumped just over 60 metres, it didn't go to plan, we hoped for more. It's difficult on the snow, you need perfect conditions and we didn't have them and the jump was a little bit short.

Jari-Matti Latvala:
No, it looked pretty nice, I saw some clips on the internet.

Mads Ostberg:
You can co-drive me next time!

Jari-Matti Latvala:
I have been doing my stunt driving in a historic car, this is more my area.

Q:



Related Pictures

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Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR), Skoda Fabia S2000
Yves Matton [Pic credit: Citroen]
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

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