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Q&A: Kris Meeke, MINI

Kris Meeke: We believe we are currently up to speed. However, that can only be confirmed in direct competition. Therefore we need to use the events to ensure we are competitive as soon as possible.

Britain's Kris Meeke will make his debut at the top level this season with the new MINI John Cooper Works WRC Team. Here he talks about that programme following today's official 'Team Launch' at the MINI Plant in Oxford...


Q:
Kris, for 2011 only a selection of WRC events are on your schedule. Will it be a quiet season for you?

Kris Meeke:
No, to go into a season without aiming to win is a waste. Then we may as well not even enter and save an awful lot of effort. In our instance we need to find the right balance. We can't win the title; however, we still aim to prove how competitive we are.

Q:
What does the MINI WRC Team hope to gain from entering selected events?

Kris Meeke:
Experience under competitive conditions. We believe we are currently up to speed. However, that can only be confirmed in direct competition. Therefore we need to use the events to ensure we are competitive as soon as possible. 2012 will be a very important year for us because then we will judged over an entire season. Already we are feeling the weight of expectations – and gladly accept the challenge.

Q:
Do you feel under pressure to perform against your team-mate Dani Sordo?

Kris Meeke:
Well, we are not competing wheel-to-wheel as you do in F1, where team-mates often push and shove. In rallying it is totally different because there is a lot of respect among the teams. We drive solely against the stopwatch, not against other teams or even our team-mates.

Q:
Which event are you most looking forward to?

Kris Meeke:
I have no favourites. At the moment all I am hoping is that it gets under way as soon as possible so we can develop the car.



Related Pictures

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Carlos del Barrio, Dani Sordo, Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (left to right] at the MINI WRC team launch event [Pic credit: MINI]
MINI WRC team launch event at Oxford [Pic credit: MINI]
MINI WRC team launch event at Oxford [Pic credit: MINI]
Kris Meeke (GBR)

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