Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giovanni Bernacchini reflect after securing the WRC2 title on Wales Rally GB...

Q:
Congratulations! You needed seventh or above to win the championship [you finished sixth], how do you feel Nasser?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
It's a great feeling to win the championship. It's a great year and we win four races. At the start of this year, it was not easy: we retired in Sardinia with the accident. To win WRC 2 is really fantastic for us. I am really quite happy. Thanks to Giovanni, he was really helping a lot during this season to win and to show we are able to win the championship.

Q:
How was the weekend?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
It was difficult. Never before in my life have I asked Giovanni to repeat the pace notes, but here I ask him all the time: "Are we sure this corner..." It's unbelievable, but only in the head. But the road condition here is very difficult. This was the first time in most of the stages for me. But the rally is fantastic. We find everything in the good place: the marshal, the spectator, this is a great rally. We see a lot of spectator in the night time. The night stages were really incredible. For me, next year I wish we have not only two night stages - we have to have more night stages. It really makes everything different.

Q:
You weren't looking forward to them...

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
I never drive here in the night, but when we start and have a nice road and everything is precise. You see only one road, it was not easy, but it was incredible.

Q:
What's next for you?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
Dubai Rally. Last round of the MERC and we are leading by six points and I want to win, that will be 10 times. That's my dream to win the championship, it's my region. And next year we start with Dakar.

Q:
WRC 2 again next year?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
I wish to come back, but we need to talk to the people in Qatar, the sponsors. For me I would do my best to come back.

Q:
How do you feel, it seems to have been fun this season?

Giovanni Bernacchini:
Thank you, first of all. I do not realise we are champions, it's amazing. We made a brilliant job. Nasser was great for the season. We agreed at the beginning [to compete together], but we didn't plan to do this championship, it was the last-minute decision, but now we are here and we are champions. We won four times and now we are champions. It was just here that we were not fighting to win the rally for many reasons - it was important to finish, but it was not easy. Doing the rally not to fight, every corner I was: "Less one, less two, less three..." It was tough, but we are here and we won - it's amazing.

Q:
Were you more nervous?

Giovanni Bernacchini:
Definitely, yes. The stages were very short today and normally you take these without thinking about them. Five minutes finished, but they took probably 20 minutes per stage! Every single corner, we were thinking about the finish. In the condition, especially in the last stage we find some fog. You can make a stupid mistake and lose everything. Nasser asked me to repeat the notes, but for me as well, I was saying: "Hairpin, hairpin, hairpin is coming!" It's not easy.

Question from the floor

Q: Marco Giordo (Autosprint, Italy).
Question for Giovanni Bernacchini; after 21 years one Italian won a title. Are you proud to be the man who gave Italy this title?

Giovanni Bernacchini:
Yes! Very proud, 21 years is a long time. Actually, 12 years ago I was very close. Me and [Andrea] Dallavilla were close to winning the Juniors, we finished sixth and lost the championship. Dani Sordo won. After more years, I am here with a different driver, but very proud that a title comes back to Italy.