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Rally d'Italia Sardegna - Pre-event press conference

Present: Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen Motorsport II), Sébastien Ogier (Volkswagen Motorsport), Dani Sordo (Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team), Thierry Neuville (Qatar World Rally Team)
PRESS CONFERENCE:

Q:
Andreas, you began your season with Volkswagen in Portugal but have very quickly made a strong impression. Your back to back stage wins in Greece were incredible, what can we expect here?

Andreas Mikkelsen:
In Greece it was good for us on the last day, keeping in mind that all the best drivers are not going to be risking anything, so it might lessen my chances a little bit. Coming into this rally everybody is going to start from scratch again so we will try to do the best we can and try to develop as a driver for each event, for every stage. We have had a good development since I started off in Portugal so I will keep on doing what I'm doing and getting used to the car and we'll see what we can do on this rally.

Q:
It is going to be very hot inside the car for this event, but you are a very fit driver, are you up with your physical preparation?

Andreas Mikkelsen:
I don't do any more training than normal and hopefully it should be enough for the event here. Two days ago it was 37 degrees at the end of the stage, so it will be tough.

Q:
What is your strategy here in Italy?

Andreas Mikkelsen:
It is a really tricky event and so narrow that you have to keep it on the lines all the time. But if we can have a clean rally with no mistakes, I will be happy with that, and try to have a good feeling for me would be good.

Q:
Are you targeting any podiums this year?

Andreas Mikkelsen:
It is not the aim but I would be happy if it happened, maybe a podium before the end of the year would be nice. But I'm not stressing with that. I take my time and so far it has been working very well, and we'll see what we can do at the end of the year.

Q:
It will be your birthday on Saturday, you will be 24, very young still. What result would be good for you to celebrate your birthday?

Andreas Mikkelsen:
If we can get a top five result I will be very happy with that, and not to do any silly mistakes. And if we do manage to get a clean finish, then we can get to the next rally in Finland with high confidence, so that will be nice.

Q:
Sébastien, as the Championship leader coming into this round in Sardinia, let's talk about qualifying. Did everything happen according to plans this morning at qualifying?

Andreas Mikkelsen:



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Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ES), Hyundai I20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Podium
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ES), Hyundai I20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ES), Hyundai I20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ES), Hyundai I20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport

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