Drivers: Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen Motorsport), Dani Sordo (Hyundai Motorsport), Mads Ostberg (M-Sport WRT), Ott Tanak (DMACK WRT) and Marcos Ligato (Privateer)

Q:
Sebastien, you haven't had the ultimate success here and you've said it really doesn't bother you. I'm sure this trophy would be nice for your collection, though?

Sebastien Ogier:
Yes, of course. If we are here it is with the aim to win, for sure. Some small things are missing but I don't feel frustrated at all. And I think that's the way I should think about it. Of course, I'll give my best this weekend. I'll try, but if it doesn't happen, it won't be the end of the world for me. The most important thing is to have a nice weekend, score some points, and keep going in a good way for the Championship.

Q:
Quite some changes and new stages this time around Argentina. What do you think about the new stages?

Sebastien Ogier:
Looking nice, the new sections are pretty fast. This rally is a mix between very fast sections, flowing and nice to drive, and rough and technical sections like on Sunday. So you have to have two different approaches, one where you can push and enjoy a lot - these fast stages - and in the rough sections you have to survive and stay away from trouble. The second loop on the shakedown looked pretty rough, and for the rally, it's going to be the same story. You have to drive with your head, not only with your right foot.

Q:
It's been quite a long break since Mexico for everyone. Are you still fully motivated and ready to get back into action?

Sebastien Ogier:
More than ever (laughs), not more than ever, but after such a long break... I enjoyed it and I took the time to do things different than rally, but at the end I started missing it quite a bit and I'm happy to be back in business, back in my Polo. It's good that we had the shakedown to get back the feeling because I haven't driven since Mexico so it's been a long time, but it's usually not a problem for me. I'm looking forward to starting the race.

Q:
Dani, this is going to be your 10th rally in Argentina and you're probably one of the drivers with the most experience at this event. Do you think that gives you an advantage?

Dani Sordo:
I think you're the 10th person to ask me that! To be honest I don't know if it will help me. Maybe I know some of the stages, I remember a little bit, but they have certainly changed. In general I think this year's rally will be very nice, many different types of stages. I think it will be very interesting.

Q:
How do you feel your performance has been so far this year? And what do you think you can improve?

Dani Sordo:
The car improved a lot. It's getting better and better. This is the first rally in gravel where we can feel the improvement because Mexico was a little bit special. The car is already closer to the others.

Q:
You've been on the podium here twice before. Is it your aim this time around?

Dani Sordo:
Yes, of course. I want to fight for victory.

Q:
Mads, how do you find Rally Argentina. Is it one of your favourites? This is an iconic event in the calendar, but does it suit you?

Mads Ostberg:
Yeah, well, it's probably not one of my favourites, but I enjoy coming here. I enjoy the stages. It's one of those rallies where you're fighting a lot from the start to the end. So many rough sections, but it's an enjoyable event. I do prefer some others before this one though.

Q:
How do you feel going into it? You have a great position in the Championship standings right now; it's been a good start. Does it give you confidence?

Mads Ostberg:
Yes, of course. We have some good points with us and I'm planning to take some more from here as well. It always helps and the start position is not so bad for this event. I think everything is positive at the moment. We have to continue in the same rhythm we've done so far. And especially in a rally like this, it can give you some really good points.

Q:
It's changeable here due to the weather, which can throw everything into the mix. Is it therefore difficult to have a strategy?

Mads Ostberg:
It's kind of. You never know what happens here in the stages in the mountains. Not only because of the rain, but also because of the fog. Obviously, you always accept a little bit of rain. You just never know when it will come and it's a difficult situation when it does.

Q:
How was it this morning? Were you happy with the set-up at shakedown?

Mads Ostberg:
The shakedown was quite rough. There is not so much else to say. It was nice on the first pass and after that it was quite rough. We do expect some rough stages on the rally as well so it gives us some practice.

Q:
Ott, happy to be back here?

Ott Tanak:
Of course I'm happy to be in the Championship. We've been testing a lot this year, now we have a new set of tyres coming up from Portugal, and I'm actually looking forward to this moment. This would be our last event with this spec of tyres. Luckily the roads will be soft and sandy. It will be ok for us.

Q:
How much testing have you done with the new tyre?

Ott Tanak:
A few days, it feels good and if you push hard it would be okay.

Q:
What do you think can be achieved this weekend?

Ott Tanak:
Like everyone told so far, the conditions are good in some places and tricky in others. You have to pick the right places to push hard and in other places you have to be quiet. I think it can be a good chance to have good results. For sure I'm going to be pushing hard tomorrow and we will see in which position we end up.

Q:
How tough are Mina Clavero and El Condor?

Ott Tanak:
I think they have always been rough. It is definitely the highlight of the challenge in Argentina. If it is sunny, it is good, but if the weather is not good it can be tricky. I think that first we need to manage Friday and Saturday and then we will see.

Q:
We have seen you lots of times here in Argentina in the production championship, in the National Championship and now in a WRC car Marcos. How much are you looking forward to competing in the World Rally Car here in your home event?

Marcos Ligato:
For this moment, we start looking at the car the end of last year. The engineer is a friend, Oliver Marcelli. He helped us to make the contact with the team. We started talking with the team in January and we arrived to a deal in February. We are really happy; this is a good opportunity for us to have the same car that won the event last year. For me this is a good opportunity. We have the chance to be in a WRC car but it was always nice to drive all cars and I think this is going to be a good car, a good team. They helped us a lot to have a good test in France and also today in the shakedown. We must enjoy this chance.

Q:
Do you feel comfortable with the car?

Marcos Ligato:
Yes, like the guys said the shakedown was very rough and I didn't want to make any mistakes. I don't know where the limit of the car is in the rough sections so I was very careful. The rally is tomorrow, and tonight with the Super Special, but the long stages start tomorrow. We want to have the car in good condition for tomorrow.

Q:
You have incredible experience in this event, what do you hope you can achieve against these guys tomorrow?

Marcos Ligato:
It is very difficult. They are excellent drivers, they have good teams and also they have been driving the car all year and testing and they know the cars very well. Also this event, all the guys have been in Argentina more than one time and they know very well how the stages are. This year for me is good. The change of the stages is very good for us, it is faster than last year and also rough so I think for my first time in the car it will be easier. We have an objective to finish in the top five which is a high objective but we must dream.

Q:
Could this be the start of more WRC events for you or this is just one off?

Marcos Ligato:
I don't think it is possible to continue. It was hard work to arrive to have all the budget for this event. My family and sponsors made a good job to arrive but I don't think it is possible to continue.

 

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