Q:
Patrik, congratulations on your second win of the season - it's a great start!

Patrik Sandell:
Absolutely perfect, a perfect start to the season. After winning in Norway we were hoping to go well, but to win in Cyprus is great.

Q:
You were in second position from stage one then took the lead on stage 13. Ara?jo suffered gearbox problems during today but it has been an incredible battle between you...

PS:
Yes it was a big battle. He took some time out of us when it was very slippery. On the faster stages we had a good position and, when it was drying, we took the time back and were able to make the gap a little bit more. It was a perfect result.

Q:
What was it like on the opening day on tarmac with the Super 2000?

PS:
The Super 2000 worked well on the tarmac on the first day; only me was the problem. I was not finding that perfect feeling. It was difficult to know how much to push and how far sideways I could drive into corners. Then the rain came and we backed off again.

Q:
We saw you win on the snow in Norway, how much more have you learnt about the car now on gravel?

PS:
I am learning all the time. I learn how to get the best out of the car. The way you drive the Super 2000, you push maximum all the time. It is the basics of rally driving. On the long stage today we went back to basics and took all the corners one at a time. That is the way to do it.

Q:
Portugal is the next stop and probably more battles with Ara?jo, although this time he has the home advantage. Can you make it three in a row?

PS:
Yes it will be really tough. Patrik Flodin will be back also. We did it in '07 and we really liked it.

Q:
Emil, two wins out of two rallies - a dream start?

Emil Axelsson:
That feels just perfect for us. The aim was to finish on the podium and to win is amazing.

Q:
It's a tough rally for the drivers, but it's a tough rally for the co-drivers too with countless notes to read...

EA:
Yes, I counted 443 pages of pace notes and it took five hours 10 minutes to drive it. It will be better in Portugal for sure. We enjoyed it though. To slide is fun, especially for us.

 

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