Of course it is hard. This is a tough competition and the manufacturers' in it are all fighting to win, so it is difficult. But that is what we are here for and it is our job to do that. I am quite certain that with the new car we will be in the right ball park and we will be fighting for rally wins.
General speaking, do you think the sport is going in the right direction, in terms of reducing the number of events per year and in restricting the amount of engines teams can use and so on?
There are a number of different issues here - control of the costs through the engines, the transmissions, that sort of thing is a positive step forward. In the short term possibly bringing the number of events down is a reasonable way to go as well. It is a good way of controlling costs. But we have got to be sure going forward that we create a good spectacle and that we provide the fans and the media with something to promote and something that is really positive. I think we have got to think very carefully now where we go for the longer term. Obviously that is an on-going debate at the moment in terms of technical regulations, calendars, where events should be and so on. But we have to provide a real spectacle that is of interest and indeed is the right structure to attract more manufacturers'.
Do you think rotating events will work?
On a personal note I think the concept of rotation is OK. But personally I wouldn't do it for the whole series. To me it seems more logically - and I don't think at this moment that we have got enough events to have 24 events, to have maybe eight or ten events that are fixed in the championship and rotate the remainder to get us up to a 12 or 14 event championship overall [RT was speaking before the calendars for 2009 and 2010 were confirmed on December 7 – ed]
What changes do you think would help the WRC in future years?
As I say I think the spectacle has got to be right and the promotion has got to be right - that is the biggest thing. For both the spectators and the manufacturers' the level of promotion in the championship has got to be absolutely right. The concept that has been talked about, of having a promoter for the series that can work with the manufacturers', with the events and with the FIA, to give the whole series the highest possible profile, is the right way to go.
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