Drivers: Kris Meeke (Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team), Ott Tanak (DMACK World Rally Team), Thierry Neuville (Hyundai Motorsport) and Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen Motorsport II)

Press conference

Q:
Kris, we've seen you win in Portugal and Finland, what's the approach here?

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Kris Meeke:
I didn't set out to win in Portugal and Finland and I'll take the same approach here. This is a different Rally GB than what we've come to expect, it's a lot drier than normal. It's going to be a challenge especially on Saturday when we do a full loop without changing tyres. There are a lot of complicated factors involved here and whoever makes the right choice can do something special. There are a lot of clever people involved here, but we'll probably all end up on the same tyres! I think Ott can be a dark horse, we've seen his pace through the season - it's going to be an interesting weekend.

Q:
Do you like the changes to the route with some of the stages running in the opposite direction?

Kris Meeke:
I like to see it mixed up bit. I've never done Myherin that way, but there were bits of Hafren that I recognised in that direction. Myherin was a bit tricky - we made our notes in the fog. The first stage tomorrow will be a bit of a wake-up call. Saturday's stages looked particularly dry and aggressive for tyre wear. It's different, usually you come to Rally GB, put your coat on and soft tyres on the car and off you go.

Q:
You've talk about the need to iron out mistakes from Corsica and Spain - have you done that?

Kris Meeke:
There were no big errors, I wanted to find the pace on gravel in Spain and, despite the wet weather, I think I did that. And now I feel we can do something good in Corsica in the future. Maybe on those events I was trying to do something right, but it tripped me up when I was trying to achieve that goal. But now I know we can do something on those rallies in the future.

Q:
And what can you tell us with regards to the 2017 car and its performance level now?

Kris Meeke:
I have no idea until we get up against the other guys, that's the only marker we'll have. At the moment we're working with lots of unknowns. It is, for example, the first time I've been working with engineers on mapping a centre diff - I've never driven a car where I've had to do this before. It's a challenge to work with engineers in every area. After the first three or four rallies next year, that's when we'll see where everything's at.

Q:
Ott, fastest at shakedown, how do you feel about this one?

Ott Tanak:
I think it's the kind of rally where we have a chance again. It's nice to be in competition, we have taken some big steps with the DMACK guys this year. Maybe in some places it's still not so easy to match the Michelin guys, but in some conditions we are on the level [playing field] and in some conditions we are able to beat them. Let's see how it turns out this weekend. In the stages, it's possible to go fast. It'll be interesting to see how it works out.

Q:
Do the conditions suit your tyres?

Ott Tanak:
I have never done the rally on these tyres before, but I think whatever the event or conditions we still have a chance. Is it enough to win the rally? I don't know.

Q:
What's the toughest aspect of this rally?

Ott Tanak:
It's quite funny to think the roads are drying at the moment - it makes the rally more difficult for tyre and car set-up. It's the way it is. I'm sure if you get good grip from the stages, the roads will flow really nicely, they look in nice condition.

Q:
What can you tell us about next year?

Ott Tanak:
Hopefully we can win next year - and this weekend. Next year we need to carry on, last year was my first full season with a big team, this year I've come back and immediately in the second season there's much more confidence. This year is a lot easier for me and I'm really looking forward to the next one. The feeling is improving, it's about the things like getting used to the people and working together.

Q:
Who will you win with next season?

Ott Tanak:
With Raigo [Molder, co-driver]!

Q:
In what car?

Ott Tanak:
One with a steering wheel, four wheels and pedals!

Q:
Thierry, there's a huge couple of rallies coming up in your battle for second with Andreas [Mikkelsen]. How confident are you?

Thierry Neuville:
Very confident, yes, very confident we can be beat him. He must be confident as well. The last couple of rallies, we've had a lot of fights, it's always been a fight with Hayden [Paddon], Dani [Sordo] and Andreas, it's always a close one that's decided on the last stages. We have to be confident and go for it, we'll see if we are able to keep him behind.

Q:
How important is it to you to be runner-up in the championship?

Thierry Neuville:
It's quite good, but there's no pressure on me to be vice-world champion, I've done it already.

Andreas Mikkelsen:
So don't need to do it again!

Thierry Neuville:
I want to do it again, when the world championship is gone this is the next best. The pressure is less, I was in the fight with Jari-Matti [for second] in 2013 and I was able to manage that. There is less pressure this time. I need to keep it on the road, stay smooth, clean and fast.

Q:
Do you enjoy this rally?

Thierry Neuville:
I do enjoy this rally a lot. Fast roads, flowing and with a good natural character, even though the stages changed a bit - they're wider with more cuts. It's very enjoyable to drive here and we know this is the only place in the world where the second pass is going to be slower because the roads get more polished.

Q:
Big battle this weekend, Andreas; have you got any fighting talk for us?

Andreas Mikkelsen:
We are also very confident. Like Thierry said, we had many fantastic fights during the season. There are two rounds left, but we don't have to think any differently - these rallies are just as important as any others. It's very important to do well, we've done the preparation, that's been perfect for this rally and for the next one we have to do the same. It's very interesting to follow, we can't make any mistakes - especially because when we look back behind us the other drivers are not so far back. It will be really fun, I have always enjoyed fighting with Thierry since the IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) days. We have to be at our best, he will not give anything away.

Q:
Did your crash in Spain knock your confidence?

Andreas Mikkelsen:
These things happen, we did quite well and felt we were in control. I thought that corner was a different one from the first loop [of stages]. That made things a bit difficult to come here with no points safety margin. Actually, it's a little bit better to fight and not defend. I like that much more.

Q:
It's 10 years since your first Rally GB, do you have fond memories of the rally?

Andreas Mikkelsen:
Of course, it was a fantastic place to start in the sport - living in Ruthin and racing around. Ten years feels so fast! Hopefully I'll do a better result than 10 years ago!