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

Press conference

Q:
Congratulations Nasser, you took big points here...

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
Thank you. I am really so happy to win this race. This was very important for the championship. We enjoy this race and we had a good feeling after we won here last year. We did a good job on this race and even though we are coming late from the other race [Lebanon], we tried to push ourselves to have 25 points here - it was very important for the championship.

Q:
You had some car problems yesterday, were you worried?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
Yes absolutely. When we start the long stage we had a problem with the gearbox, but we didn't show our competitors and we tried to push, but it was not easy with only rear-wheel drive. After we lost some of the lead, but today we tried to manage and have the same speed as Yurii [Protasov] - this was a great win here in Australia.

Q:
Yurii did get quite close - were you worried?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
No. He goes very fast and improves a lot, but we don't take any risks - we just tried to have good speed without any mistakes. After, we find we lose two seconds or three seconds every stage, it's not a big deal - I think he have a lot of pressure and make a mistake with the jump start. After that, we are really quiet and we manage the last two stages without any big risk.

Q:
Are you confident for the championship?

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
Yes absolutely. There is one competitor who is really fast: Lappi, he does Corsica and we see after Corsica where we are. I think there will be a big race in Spain.

Q:
Matthieu, this has been a busy time but a good event?

Matthieu Baumel:
We were a little bit scared coming so late to this event about being tired and we did feel some difference between the first two days. But the speed is good enough to have the battle with Yurii. It was good to have these 14 seconds at the end and 25 points in the championship.

Q:
Did you enjoy the stages?

Matthieu Baumel:
Yeah, the rally is fantastic. This was the first time here for me. I discover everything really pleasantly when I give the notes to Nasser. For the spectators outside, it must be wonderful.

Q:
Do you even know what time zone you're in?

Matthieu Baumel:
No. But now, it's holiday! We're back for one week after five weeks racing together, we have a week at home for the kids and family, then it's five more weeks in the row.

Nasser Al-Attiyah:
The good thing is that we lead three championships and this is why we keep going, to see if we can win the three championships.

 

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