Leg 2: Meet the Crews
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Leg 2: Meet the Crews

30/03/2019

The Meet the Crews is a traditional rendezvous in the service park of the CORSICA linea – Tour de Corse, and it welcomed Thierry Neuville, Elfyn Evans, Sébastien Ogier, Andrea Adamo, Richard Milner, Tommi Mäkinen and Pierre Budar after leg 2.

Saturday 30th March
Andrea Adamo, Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team
Richard Milner, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team
Tommi Mäkinen, Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team
Pierre Budar, Citroën Total World Rally Team

Thierry Neuville, Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team
Elfyn Evans, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team
Sébastien Ogier, Citroën Total World Rally Team

Q: Andrea, what a performance by Thierry Neuville, in particular in the last stage. What do you think about it?

AA: When a driver puts on a big performance, it’s generally down to him! When things are not working out then it’s the car (laughter). On a more serious note Thierry and Nicolas did an incredible job today. Concerning the car we know that there’s a lot of work to be done, but with the feedback from Thierry, Dani and Seb, we’ll be able to make more progress. To come back to this rally, there are two stages tomorrow so it’s still all up for grabs. We’re hoping for a thrilling battle till the finish.

Q: Richard, Elfyn Evans had another solid day up to the last stage in which he lost a lot of time. Were you in the team as surprised as we were?

RM: Yes! We have to remain focused for tomorrow. It’ll be a long day and Elfyn has been incredibly quick since the start. He’s going to give it everything and we know he can do it. It’s going to be a great scrap, believe me!

Q: Pierre, the rally hasn’t worked out as you hoped. However, you have a car on the podium this evening. How do you feel about it?

PB: We’re obviously in a better situation this evening. It seems that the car’s quicker on tricky surfaces than on the clean stages. And Sébastien also did an incredible job in the long specials that helped put him in a good position for tomorrow. Esapekka still doesn’t feel confident in the car, but he’s trying to do his best. In his position all he has to do is see the chequered flag and score some points for the Manufacturers’ Championship.

Q: Tommi, your crews had a difficult end to the day when you were in the lead. You must be disappointed this evening…

TM: We had a puncture and a technical problem. We have to analyse all that. Obviously, we’re disappointed. Ott again showed that he was fully prepared even if the Tour de Corse isn’t one of his strong points. Tomorrow, he’s going to try and score some points, in particular in the Power Stage. What’s encouraging is that our cars are quick in the hands of Ott and Kris.

Q: Thierry, what an incredible last stage. Talk us through it!

TN: Overall, I had a great day, but it’s true that the last stage was perfect. I didn’t make any mistakes and that why I had such a big smile on my face at the finish. It’s rare to complete a stage without a mistake. In addition to the fastest time we took the lead, it’s just fantastic. The race is far from over and with my experience I know that anything can still happen. Elfyn has driven a superb race so far and he’ll be dangerous tomorrow for sure.

Q: Elfyn, you’ve been right on the ball since the start. What happened in the last stage?

EE: Honestly, I was happy with my stage. It was Thierry who dialled in an incredible time. Of course, we’re disappointed this evening, but four seconds is nothing and we’re going to go for it tomorrow. We’re not in the habit of relaxing our efforts. Tomorrow, our only plan will be to attack.

Q: Sébastien, after such a difficult race for you and your team being in the top 3 this evening must give you satisfaction…

SO: Obviously, we’re happy to be there this evening. We set two good times in the long stage. The feeling was good in these conditions. It wasn’t the same thing in the others. In the last one we could have set the fastest time without this anti-lag issue. Tomorrow, I hope to be able to fend off Dani and stay on the podium. It would be a great reward as we’ve never given up since the start.   

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