WRC » 20 June 2013
Sepp Wiegand & Lorenzo Bertelli – Q&A
FIA WRC2 racers Sepp Wiegand and Lorenzo Bertelli talk ahead of the latest round of the season in Italy
Sepp, your season got off to a great start in Monte Carlo with a win, you currently lie fourth in the drivers' standings. What is the objective here in Sardinia?
Basically I am very happy to be back in a rally car, it was about 10 weeks without rallying and rallying is my life. I am aware this is quite a difficult rally, the toughest bit is the heat, it is very hot and it is my first rally in these conditions. The roads and the stages are also very difficult. There is also a change in rhythm, you have stages that are really fast, some really narrow and dangerous parts, so in three kilometres you could lose your wheel 10 times! So it is really difficult but I am really happy to be here and looking forward to the rally.
Have you been doing anything different to prepare yourself for the rally?
I knew that this rally was going to be really hot so I had more training before coming here to get good points for the championship, so I am ready to tackle this rally.
What are the objectives for the rest of the season?
In the WRC 2 there are really good drivers and the Championship is open, you cannot say who is going to win because we still have a lot of rallies and nobody knows because everybody can choose different rallies. We drove three rallies, some [drivers] have already done four, so it's open until the end. I try my best and we hope to score good points and hopefully to be on the podium in the end.
Lorenzo, we have seen a change of car for you during the season. You started the year in a Subaru but have switched to Ford Fiesta S2000. Why the change and how are you finding the car?
We changed the car because we did five events and in Monte Carlo we did a mistake, and we made another mistake in Portugal. We had a rally with a technical problem with the engine. For the next season we plan to change the car to R5 but with a group N car we know we can have a good pace and be in the first position. We want to switch to a proper WRC car.
In Greece, we were stuck behind a Group N car in the dust, and the second day we had the pace to be in the top position, but we broke the cross member so my second day was finished. We pushed the third day to show some good times but we got caught in the dust. Now we are here in Sardinia and we have new pace notes, and although I know the stages it's just like a new rally.
Have you tested the new Fiesta before this event?
I just ran five or six stages in Greece and then nothing before the Shakedown this morning, so we will learn about the car in future rallies and we'll have to try to find the best setup and we will do it for Finland to get more confidence with the car and hopefully test properly for the next season.
Regarding your progression, you haven't been rallying that long in comparison to the other drivers, how do you feel your performance is improving?
In Group N, this year, when the car was okay, we had the pace to stay in the first or second place but we obviously had problems with the car. If people just judge with the result of the stage it may not be so nice but if you see the split times they will see that there is potential. I know that and I just want to show it and I have to push to show it in Sardinia.
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