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Rally de Espana: Pre-event press conference

Rally de Espana pre-event press conference with Yves Matton (Citroen Racing), Jost Capito (Volkswagen Motorsport), Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar World Rally Team) and Dani Sordo (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team).
Present: Yves Matton (Citroen Racing), Jost Capito (Volkswagen Motorsport), Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar World Rally Team) and Dani Sordo (Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team).


Press conference


Q:
Yves, we hear there are now five drivers on the 'list', can you confirm who they are? Could this list possibly increase?

Yves Matton:
Yes, it's Mads Ostberg, Kris Meeke, Dani Sordo, Mikko Hirvonen and Robert Kubica.

Q:
What are the reasons for the inclusion of Meeke, Ostberg and Kubica?

Yves Matton:
Part of the strategy is to bring new talent to the World Rally Championship. We want one driver with the new talent and that is why we speak to the drivers who have never won a rally or have not been for a long time in the WRC.

Q:
When will we get a decision?

Yves Matton:
We hope to have one partly before Rally GB, and the other I won't say when the decision comes.

Q:
We will know about the number one driver first?

Yves Matton:
I don't know if it is the first, but for sure I need a leader. I hope it will be my first choice and I hope I can make the announcement.

Q:
Who will it be?

Yves Matton:
Maybe this is not the time for me to explain my choice?

Q:
What are the objectives for next year?

Yves Matton:
The intention is to try to continue to win some rallies. Like I explain, one of the problems for the WRC is that the number of drivers capable to win the event is too low, that's why we try to bring the new driver – but also we still want to win.

Q:
What are your feelings looking back on the 2013 season?

Yves Matton:
For sure, we did not achieve what we want to achieve. We win some rallies, but at the end, only one title is left. And with only six points needed for Volkswagen to have the title, it will be difficult. Maybe that's the reason we change the philosophy and driver philosophy.

Q:
We saw a very fitting tribute to Sebastien Loeb at the podium in France, what was that like for you?

Yves Matton:
It was in two steps; last year we saw his last title, we knew it and it was very emotional. This year it was really his last rally. A lot of people came and this was important for him. It was something very strange to be there and all this emotion, but I will say the rally was one step in the career – that's also the reason for the part of the emotion that wasn't there… because we know he will be with us for a few years in the World Touring Car Championship.

Q:
Jost, after one Championship was sealed in France it seems that we could possibly see another completed here. You are on the verge of claiming the Manufacturers' Championship here in Spain. How are you feeling ahead of the weekend?

Jost Capito:
The team is quite excited. We still need the six points, everything can happen – we are not on the safe side. We are all very excited and focused; we will see what the weekend brings.

Q:
You have mentioned many times during the season that you did not expect this success. The team seems to be constantly growing in terms of strength - do you feel there are any areas for improvement?

Jost Capito:



Related Pictures

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Jost Capito (BEL) Volkswagen Motorsport
Yves Matton, Director, Citroen Sport
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QA) Giovanni Bernacchini (ITA), Ford Fiesta WRC
Dani Sordo, Carlos del Barrio  (Citroen DS3 WRC #3, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team)
Dani Sordo, Carlos del Barrio  (Citroen DS3 WRC #3, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team)

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