24 August 2015
WRC Rallye Deutschland: This victory more emotional than others – Capito
Jost Capito: The entire team has invested so much sweat and tears in this victory. That is what makes it so special.
Volkswagen boss Jost Capito says the victory on Rallye Deutschland last weekend was the team's most emotional yet.
Until Sunday it remained the only WRC event Volkswagen had not won, but with Sebastien Ogier heading home team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen, the German manufacturer beat its home jinx in spectacular fashion.
“A one-two-three at your home rally is certainly very special. However, given our history at this round of the World Championship, which was the only rally we had not won before today, it is more emotional than all the other victories we have celebrated,” Capito confirmed.
“As always, every single person in the team was totally motivated and consciously did their bit to make this magnificent success possible. However, they actually managed to raise the bar even higher. The entire team – whether mechanic, engineer, logistician, chef, physio, doctor, management, or marketing and PR – has invested so much sweat and tears in this victory. That is what makes it so special.
“However, I would like to reserve my biggest compliment for our drivers and co-drivers: they withstood huge pressure, lived up to the enormous expectations and did an absolutely outstanding job.
“I think everyone at Volkswagen is incredibly proud of what we have achieved. I know I certainly am.”
It was Volkswagen's third podium lock-out of the season – following 1-2-3's in Portugal and Monte Carlo - and its fourth in total after the first last year in Australia.
The result also means that mathematically only a Volkswagen driver can now win the Drivers' Championship, although Ogier only has to finish ahead of Latvala in Australia to clinch his third successive title.
In addition, VW further strengthened its position in the Manufacturers as well and can secure that crown next time out too.
“The one thing we have achieved here is that only a Volkswagen driver can win the drivers' championship,” Capito continued. “We didn't have team orders so far, but now it really can be a free fight with no team orders for the rest of the rallies and I think that will add some more excitement.
“It would be great to seal both titles in Australia, but we are really excited to see the fights within the team.”
Meanwhile, Capito reiterated just how important it is to allow his Drivers' to fight: “We didn't have team orders and the guys utilised it and they were fighting against each other, and that continues now definitely until the end of the season.
“I strongly believe that the team benefits from not giving team orders, because when all the drivers can fight, it makes the team better. I am absolutely convinced that if you lose one or the other rally because you don't do team orders, you look stupid, but I strongly believe that overall, at the end of the season, the team has more points with no team orders.”
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