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Q&A: Malcolm Wilson - EXCLUSIVE.

To be honest with you, the important thing at the moment is that we are continuing to work with BFGoodrich for the rest of this season, because we were the first manufacturer to win on BFGoodrich tyres. It's important for us that we continue and work with them and try and achieve the objective we have set for ourselves this year.

But, having said that, we know that Pirelli are excited about winning the contract for the future and so we have basically just got to wait and see. It is good in one sense that the decision has been made.

Q:
How healthy are things looking for the WRC at the moment?

MW:
Well in Norway, I actually heard a lot of the journalists saying: 'Gosh this sport really has got a great future at the moment' and I have been beating the drum about that. You have got to remember when we took on the Ford contract in 1997 you had three manufacturers, which was Ford, Mitsubishi and Subaru and all we were running was two cars each and that was it. We have now got a situation where there are six teams in there in the World championship. There was 30-odd World Rally Cars in Norway and we fielded nine WRC cars in Mexico. So I think what it is telling you is: 'OK there is not the manufacturers', but, like a lot of other sports, you have teams coming in now. These people, teams and sponsors wouldn't be coming in if they didn't feel the championship was delivering value. Basically the sport is changing like a lot of other sports are. For me I think the WRC is in great shape and the one thing that we need is stability. We are working with the FIA and all the cost reductions are going exceptionally well. We now have a great platform to go forward with.

Q:
Going back to the BP Ford team, what have your drivers got to do now to keep Ford in front?

MW:
That is quite simple isn't it? They need to win events and we need to try and get both cars to the finish in points scoring positions. But we are not under any illusions. It is not going to be an easy battle against Sebastien. We have a great driver line-up though and we have got a great car package. So we are just hoping we can capitalise and build on where we got to last year.

Q:
Are you anticipating that the 'new' Citroen C4 will get more and more competitive?

MW:
I think the big driving force is Sebastien. Certainly by any of the measurements we have done we are in a similar position to what we were last year. OK so we have to keep improving our car, which we are doing and I am sure they will as well, but Sebastien is a very formidable opponent - Seb and the car is a very difficult combination to beat.


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Mikko Hirvonen (fin) and Malcolm Wilson BP Ford Focus Wrc. Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, 18-20 January 2007
Marcus Gronholm (FIN) / Timo Rautiainen (FIN), BP Ford Focus RS WRC 06. Rally Mexico, 8-11th March 2007.
Propecia Rally New Zealand, 17 - 19 Novembre 2006Malcolm Wilson, Ford
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Jarkko Nikara (FIN) Jarkko Kalliolepo (FIN), Ford Fiesta WRC
Jarkko Nikara (FIN) Jarkko Kalliolepo (FIN), Ford Fiesta WRC
Jarkko Nikara (FIN) Jarkko Kalliolepo (FIN), Ford Fiesta WRC
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)

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