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Q&A: Dani Sordo, MINI

Dani Sordo: In our first season in the WRC we aim to collect as much experience as possible to be in a position to attack in the second year.

Dani Sordo has switched to the MINI WRC Team this year. Here he talks about his preparations for the season ahead, as well as his first impressions of the MINI John Cooper Works WRC car following today's official 'Team Launch'...


Q:
Dani, together with your team-mate, Kris Meeke, you are continuing MINI's tradition in rallying. How does that feel?

Dani Sordo:
Its great, particularly to do so with a team as experienced as the MINI WRC Team. Mini proved in the 1960s that it could thrill the fans by winning important rallies. My first impression of the new team is that everybody is hard at work trying to be just as successful.

Q:
What will be this season's biggest challenges for MINI?

Dani Sordo:
In our first season in the WRC we aim to collect as much experience as possible to be in a position to attack in the second year. To not contest all rallies feels a bit strange for me at present, but this is our first season in the WRC. We plan to learn as much as possible in 2011 in order to move the car to the sharp end as soon as possible.

Q:
What are your preparations for the season?

Dani Sordo:
First we are working on the car. We need to fine tune all technical aspects of the car for the different events. I already have a very good impression of the car. Now we need to concentrate on those vital but minor items that make a difference on rallies. I do a lot of sport to stay fit. But the most important thing for me is to gain a good feeling for the car.

Q:
How would you describe the MINI John Cooper Works WRC?

Dani Sordo:
The car is already highly developed. For example, we have a lot of space in the cockpit, a lot more than I had previously. Here the team has put in a lot of good work. I believe there is no comparison between this car and the Classic Mini Cooper S which won the Monte Carlo Rally in the 1960s.

Q:
The MINI WRC Team will not be contesting all rallies in 2011. Will this season be quieter for you?

Dani Sordo:
No, we are taking this season very seriously in preparation for a full programme next year. This year we will compare ourselves directly to the competition, so 2011 is a learning season for the entire team to collect experience in order to be best prepared for 2012.



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

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