Driver / co-driver: Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel (Ford Fiesta RRC).

Press conference

Q:
Nasser we had 30 WRC 2 drivers, 10 of them could win, but it was you, Mr Experienced who did it. How do you feel?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
Thank you. I want to say thank you to the organisers for the way they make this happen. When I hear the numbers of WRC 2, I said: "Okay it's not an easy job..." There were a lot of good drivers and we respect all of them. But I believe in myself and I believe I can do it. After we win Pharaons Rally, it was a nice win and we came here completely fit and ready for the race. Also this was a new race for everybody. It was not easy to push - you need to check the notes and learn a lot and think about what will be the road. We did a really good job. This was a great weekend for Matthieu and me.

Q:
There was a lot of tyre strategy going on...

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
Yes, of course. We don't take any risks, we take hard tyres and this time we use Pirelli, it was a nice tyre and fast and, yeah, it was a good weekend for us - we are so happy!

Q:
Did you take any risks?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
For a new rally, you need to learn a lot. Sometimes, like today in the 32 kilometre stage, we say: "Okay, we go easy." But we lose a lot of time. Lappi takes 41 seconds and we only have 13, but in the Fafe stage it was good. It doesn't matter about how big is the gap between first and second... we are so happy to have 25 points.

Q:
The championship - championships are looking strong?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
We compete in nine races and take nine wins - this is a great start in 2015. I think it's really nice feeling. We work very hard from Dakar and after in Cross Country and Middle East and WRC 2. My plan is to win all three this year.

Q:
Where will all the trophies go?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
There is a special place...

Q:
Matthieu, how were the stages in the north for you?

Matthieu Baumel:
All the stages were completely new for us. I never did this rally, but the organisers did a very good job for the first loop - but the second loop was destroyed a bit. It was tough to make the good notes, some stages weren't so nice and we try to do it better next year. Each race we do together we work better and better, for us it was good today.

Q:
You only had 13 seconds going into the final stage. There must have been a lot of pressure?

Matthieu Baumel:
Yes, the plan was to go easy, but not lose so much time - but in the last stage he pushed hard and told me: "Not bad for an old man!" He can still push.

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
Forty-four, I'm 44!

 

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