Drivers: Gilles Panizzi (Peugeot), Francois Duval (Ford), Carlos Sainz (Citroen), Petter Solberg (Subaru)Team personnel: Guy Frequelin (Citroen), Malcolm Wilson (Ford)

Q:
Gilles, you've won here for the last three years but, this year, you've got a partial programme - how difficult will it be win when your last rally was in Germany, three months ago?

Gilles Panizzi:
The tests done before the racing have been good so, even if I have not performed since the German Rally, I think we can win for the fourth time.

Q:
Carlos, you had some medical problems with kidney stones before this rally. What happened, and are you feeling better now?

Carlos Sainz:
I've been operated on in Spain last Saturday and I was out on Sunday. Everything is coming back to normal. I hope I will feel fine for tomorrow.

Q:
Malcolm, there's been a lot of speculation about the future of Ford in rallying next year and beyond. What happened, and are you feeling better [about it] now?

Malcolm Wilson:
The difficult thing at the moment is to find the budget. We can present figures but everything will be reviewed. We had good results in the last quarter which will help get a positive decision about Ford's engagement in the WRC.

Q:
Petter, your car has a new roll control system fitted for this rally. What is it and how do you think it will help you?

Petter Solberg:
You know, the drivers don't understand much about mechanics...... but it seems to work well. It is different from before, but we will see it tomorrow.

Q:
Guy, Citroen have not officially competed on the Sanremo Rally for two years. Is this going to cause you a problem?

Guy Frequelin:
It is difficult to know where we are with the car. But we have improved.....

Q:
Francois, you have been concentrating on gaining experience and finishing rallies recently. But on this event, are you aiming to drive flat-out?

Francois Duval:
It's important for me to push more and try to finish on fifth or sixth position. It's Markko Martin that has to try to win.

Q:
Malcolm, the Ford led quite convincingly in Germany before a transmission failure. Since then, it's had some new parts added, but what are they and how confident do you feel of a victory now?

MW:
I'm very encouraged by the performance in Germany. Now we have made some changes to the transmission and engine and I'm looking forward to a good result.

Q:
Gilles, this will probably the last Sanremo Rally this year. How sorry will you be to see it go?

GP:
Leaving Sanremo is a real shame for everybody, and for the rally in general. This is an extraordinary rally, with an exceptional organisation - it is a legend that unfortunately will leave us.

Q:
Carlos, I hear that there's a petition currently circulating amongst the drivers asking to keep gravel crews next year. What do you think of this?

CS:
It is something on the plus side for the drivers' safety - it's good. The only event in the World Rally Championship that absolutely needs the gravel crew is the Monte Carlo Rally. But there are many question marks for the rally in the future.

Q:
Petter, Pirelli have a completely new construction of tyres here. How big difference will it make?

PS:
It's a good step. I think is very important for the long stages.

Q:
Francois, this is the first time you are doing this rally in a World Rally Car, having used a S1600 last year. Will that be a big handicap?

FD:
The S1600 car was a very good opportunity and experience for me. After Sweden, I've changed co-driver and it has not been easy for me to modify the notes. But to race on the tarmac and in Sanremo rally with a WRC is very different instead of S1600.

Q:
Guy, Citroen has been one of the more open-minded team about the new FIA regulations for next year. Do you think the sport will be improved in 2004?

GF:
You know we agree about the two cars for each team, and to do two more rallies in the 2004 Championship, especially as we will race in very important market as Japan. Sure, some ideas of the drivers are different, for example about the gravel crew. Citroen drivers are free to decide their position, to sign the petition or not, but the probable result of this letter is to delete the gravel crew.

 

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