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Ott Tanak, Q&A

6 March 2014

After more than twelve months away, Ott Tanak secured a top-five finish on his return to the World Rally Championship in Sweden last month. Here the Estonian reflects on that and looks ahead to Rally Mexico, which gets underway 'proper' on Friday...



Q:
Ott, we saw you at the last event in a WRC car and you put in an incredible performance for your first rally back after 12 months. How pleased were you with the result in Sweden?

Ott Tanak:
Of course it was a great feeling after Sweden. I wasn't very confident before the event. We had some small testing before the event but I was not 100% happy. Many things are still new for me. After the first stages we had some good times and it was a lot easier. It was a really good feeling to finish like this and a good boost for me.

Q:
We see you now in the R5 in the WRC 2 Championship; is it difficult to switch to the R5 after the WRC car?

Ott Tanak:
It's quite different to the WRC car. It is what I expected and it is quite okay. It will take some time to get adapted to get the perfect feeling. We are in Mexico and this takes the power away. It was already different in the power terms before but I think, when we get going, we will try some different things and by the end of the race we should be on a good pace. That is our target.

Q:
What is the objective here in Mexico?

Ott Tanak:
For sure, if I was not 100% confident I would not push for a good result. I am not there at the moment but, if I get some nice clean stages, then the feeling is coming.

Q:
How tough are the stages here? Do you enjoy the longer tests?

Ott Tanak:
I had some pretty good results here before. I enjoy it, these long stages. Most of them are really slow. It is very tough in places for the car and very hard. We have to be smart in places. I think if we can keep it going we can find a good rhythm on the good stages and fight for a good place. We have a long season ahead of us. The target is to drive and get confident in the car. I am happy to drive so many events. I have to use this opportunity. Of course we need to fight for the top places in the Championship, it is just the beginning and, at the moment, a little strange for me. I need to get more mileage. We have eight more events in the R5, so I should be more competitive by then.


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