WRC » 23 June 2006
Q&A: Luis Moya - EXCLUSIVE.
by Rob Wilkins.
Subaru WRT sporting director, Luis Moya speaks exclusively to Crash.net Radio about this weeks announcement that they have agreed new three-season deal with their number one driver, Petter Solberg. He also gives his thoughts on their dismal form to date in 2007 and explains why he is convinced it will be a different story in the second half of the year...
Luis, some big news for the Subaru camp this week with news that Petter Solberg has signed a new three-season deal, how big a boost is that for the team?
It is very important. I think the timing is also good because our situation at the moment is not very good in the championship. But we have no doubt that, like I have seen in the past myself when I was with Carlos [Sainz], it is a question timing, when you are competing you cannot be on the top ten years in a row! We will be again back on the top and until we are again, Petter's deal shows we are confident.
Obviously the results, as you say, haven't been what Subaru or Petter would have wanted this season. How much pressure has that put on the relationship?
Oh no, it is no pressure. I mean we all want to win, we are here to win and we will win again - that we have no doubt. The positive thing though is that we know that the car is fast and it is far from being 100 per cent at the moment. And yet despite not being 100 per cent we are still showing some competitive times and Petter is very quick in some rallies. And so we have no doubt that, of course not this year, because this year our target now should be to win some rallies because although mathematically we can still win the championship it is not realistic, but definitely next year we are going to go for the championship.
Petter has looked and sounded very frustrated at times - there was some talk he might leave the SWRT. How close was that to happening do you think?
Well I think it is normal that you get frustrated when you are not winning. But it is not only Petter, also Phil [Mills - his co-driver] is frustrated, I am frustrated, and the mechanics are frustrated and the people back at Banbury and Japan they are frustrated. We are all trying to win and it is difficult when you are trying so hard, because we try very hard and we can't [win]. At moment we have to take our hats off to Citroen and Ford because they are doing a very good job and we just have to make sure that we don't lose our line. We must stick to our line and we must stick to our philosophy - and we will win again.
How confident are you that you can bounce back in the second half of the season?
100 per cent - but as I said before, our target now cannot be to win the championship because even though mathematically we may have the possibility it is not realistic - it is far from being realistic. The car will be competitive. We have been making some changes in the car and slowly, slowly we are getting back on the line we want to be. And when we homologate new things for the end of the season then I have no doubt that will help as well. So we will be up there again.
Can you give us any detail on what is being done to improve the Impreza WRC during the summer break?
Well I am the sporting director of the team, I mean for those technical questions it is better to speak with Paul Howarth. But there are things everywhere. It is a little bit on the engine, it is a little bit on the geometry of the car, it is a little bit on the diffs, it is a little bit on the suspension. There are bits everywhere. As you know we are quite limited by the regulations so there is not much you can do. But within the limits of the regulations we trying always to improve in all the areas we can, aerodynamics as well - so we are trying all possible directions. But as I say it is difficult to improve massively in one go. So it has to be step-by-step.
I assume Pirelli are busy working on the tyre front as well?
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