WRC » 20 June 2013
Rally d'Italia Sardegna - Pre-event press conference
I am pretty happy with my qualifying, it is always the same but it's always a bit more difficult to open the road even if we are not the first ones driving there after the practice. Considering we were the first ones on the road we think we did a good job and we have to congratulate Jari-Matti [Latvala] because he was quite fast this morning.
It was disappointing not to see you compete for the podium back in Greece. Is the issue you had there now fully resolved by your team?
Yes it should be okay, of course it was a bit unexpected and this is the kind of thing you can run into when you are competing with a new, young team. We cannot complain as after six rallies it was the first big problem we had, so I'm pretty sure that now it's sorted. Everything was fine this morning and if I can restart a season with five good results and one bad, I start immediately!
We are at the half-way point of the season and you have a good lead in the Drivers' Championship over your team-mate, and there is a very close battle in the Manufacturers' Championship, what is the team strategy from here on in?
It has not changed, it is still exactly the same, in fact we haven't discussed about it to be honest. As long as both drivers have the chance to fight for the Championship it will be open, so nothing changed. Of course, we all want to score good points for the Drivers' Championship and also for the team, so we try to do our best again this weekend.
Looking back over the first half of the season, what would be your evaluation of your own personal performance?
I'm very happy as we are almost halfway through the season. As I said we had five good results and only one bad, and I didn't do any mistakes so I want to continue like that. I want even more victories, and to finish the Championship at the position where we are today. So this weekend I definitely want to fight for the win here.
We are going to take a break after this event and you have had a number of rallies now with the Polo WRC. What are your thoughts on the car at this point? In terms of performance, are there any areas for improvement?
Of course I'm very happy with the car, if you look at the results and the performance we had. It was possible because the car was good and fast. Let's say we can improve the reliability a bit regarding the only problem we had in the last rally. But other than that I think the team did a good job and we continue to push together because it's still very tight between everybody even if it looks good at the moment for me and the Championship. So we still want to improve reliability and also for the performance.
Dani, a great result at the last event, picking up second overall in Greece. You had a distinct strategy in Greece to finish the rally without risk, what is the plan here?
We need to try to push a little bit more. In Greece, in the end it was good, lots of other drivers had problems so it was good for me. Sardinia is going to be difficult for everyone with a lot of stones so we need to try to go as fast as possible and fight for the podium.
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