Present: Lorenzo Bertelli (FWRT), Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen Motorsport), Thierry Neuville (Hyundai Motorsport) and Eric Camilli (M-Sport World Rally Team).

Press conference

Q:
Lorenzo, good to have you back, we missed you on the last round; are you fully recovered, is your ankle okay now?

Lorenzo Bertelli:
Yes, it is okay. Just a little pain but it is okay. No problem.

Q:
Obviously, competing at home on Italian soil is going to be special for you; we had great results from you here in the past, what is your hope in WRC?

Lorenzo Bertelli:
Hopefully in the top 10. The shakedown went quite well. I am positive for the rest.

Q:
How do you feel your time in the WRC car is going, do you feel that you are getting stronger?

Lorenzo Bertelli:
Yes, for sure. Last year we lost a bit of time but this year we have some margin to improve and I am much more confident with the car.

Q:
We have seen you with a few co-drivers over your career and we see a new co-driver this season. How is that relationship working for you?

Lorenzo Bertelli:
It is working great. I have a great feeling with Simone and I am very happy for the choice. There is a good feeling in the car, it is great.

Q:
Jari-Matti, we are approaching half way through the year, how are you feeling about your season and your chances in the Championship?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
I am in sixth position and it is not what I wanted. I have done a couple of mistakes and I have had some technical problems so at the end of the day, as I mentioned, we are in sixth position. As long as there is a chance you keep going and keep fighting because you never know what happens. There has been years like 2001, where it looked like there was a champion and by the end of the year there was a champion by one point. It shows me that still there is a chance you have to keep fighting.

Q:
So flat out this weekend?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
Yes, this time you have to go and get points and I have done it for the last couple of years, but I think it is important to find the rhythm. You know what you are doing in this sense when you have a rough section and rocks and things and you realise you take little risk and so then you save your car. When it is faster and when it is smoother you can get going and attack, but here if you attack too much, if you do a mistake, it is penalising you more than any other rally.

Q:
We have seen a win from you this year. Are you happy with the pace that you delivered or is there more that we can see from you?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
The speed in Mexico and Argentina looked really good, in Portugal it was a little slowing but I was still getting a good feeling. It is a little difficult to say; I think the speed is alright but I need more consistency.

Q:
Consistency is a word that you have been using for many years. When are you going to find out that consistency?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
Yes, that is a good question. I am thirty-one years old and I am still looking for it. Maybe I have to accept the way I am and the way I am driving. That is maybe the best target and not finding something else.

Q:
Thierry, you seemed pretty good at the table football we saw last night to mark Hyundai's football sponsorship. Maybe being a footballer is possible if you ever want to give up the rally!

Thierry Neuville:
I am a quite good footballer, I enjoy football, but it is too dangerous for me. There are many incidents in football, more actually than rally.

Q:
We saw you on the podium last year, you seem to like these stages, is that true to say or not?

Thierry Neuville:
Yes, a couple of podiums in the years. It was my first rally with a four-wheel drive car in 2010. It is a lovely island, it is a tricky event, last year as well there were many problems.

Q:
You talked at the end of last year wanting this season to be different, and for things to go well. We have seen pace but we have also seen things going wrong for you. How can you change that? What is the plan here?

Thierry Neuville:
I think this season was okay with the podium in Monte Carlo, Sweden fighting for a podium and even in Mexico. Argentina was a bit of a disaster for us for technical issues, obviously very unlucky. I could not change much, I try to do my best, I still enjoy it. I have to say with my new car I am enjoying much more again. We are more comfortable.

Q:
How much more potential does the car have, or have you seen it at its maximum potential?

Thierry Neuville:
No, I think there are some evolutions for now but since the season is going ahead so fast - we are already on the sixth event - so it is going fast, I am sure that we need some more improvements, but at the same time we are focusing on 2017 and the new WRC car. We have to find the right balance.

Q:
Eric, we have seen two good events from you, Argentina and Portugal you got through without using Rally 2, but also some competitive times in Portugal as well - are you happy with what you have done in those two past events?

Eric Camilli:
Happy, yes, of course. It is our best results in the WRC, so it is a good thing but we need to work again and again to do the same results as Portugal and improve a lot of things on notes and everything on setting the car up and discovering the WRC. I do not have a lot of experience on gravel rallies but I am very happy to do that after a difficult start.

Q:
You mention your notes, we saw your co-driver change at the start of the season, then you went back to your original co-driver, Benjamin Veillas, how is that relationship working? How are your notes developing now at WRC level?

Eric Camilli:
It is working great with Benjamin. We work together all the time because we live so close in France. We find something to improve like the distance between the corners and some little things like that.

Q:
We saw you compete here last year in WRC 2 - what did you learn last year from this event that can help you this year?

Eric Camilli:
I remember it was a very hard because we were competing for the first time in the WRC 2. Here we hope to preserve the car, we need to see the finish line. It is a great run, I think this is a beautiful place, it is a beautiful place as well for the show. It is challenging.