Volkswagen drivers quotes ahead of the Rally Italy

Volkswagen drivers quotes ahead of the Rally Italy

31.05.2014: FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) RALLY ITALY Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)  RALLY ITALY



Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1


“After the extremely rough and muddy stages in Argentina, I am really looking forward to the rally on Sardinia. The quick gravel routes are far better suited to my driving style. As first out onto the route on Friday, it may be particularly difficult for Julien and me on the loose sand, but I still think I have a good chance of winning.


 I have always felt very comfortable on Sardinia and my results have always been good here. As of late, my toughest rival will be my team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. And I can promise Jari-Matti and the fans: it will definitely be a spectacular and exciting duel.”



Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2


“There are a few rallies on the WRC calendar, to which I particularly look forward – and the Rally Italy is one of them. The surface is a little like the Rally Portugal, although the corners in Italy are more easily visible. The surface is also more slippery than in Portugal, because the top layer is very sandy.




However, there will also be greater grip once the route has been ‘cleared’ by a few cars. The streets are pretty narrow and the trees and rocks can be very close. Despite this, it does not take long to find a rhythm on the special stages. There is little room for drifting, so we will have to be careful and not apply too much pressure at the start.


 Last year we were fastest in qualifying in the Polo R WRC, but unfortunately we then suffered a puncture on the opening special stage. Miikka and I did manage to fight our way back to third place, however. After the win in Argentina, I obviously travel to Italy full of confidence and with my sights set on challenging for another victory. My goal is to finish in the top three.”



Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9


“It is great to have Ola back in the cockpit. We might not have been able to tests prior to the Rally Italy, but I don’t think that will be a problem. We have both known each other for such a long time, and have only been apart for a short time. We will not change anything with regards the pace notes – apart from the fact that they will now be in Norwegian again, rather than English.


Whatever happens, the goal will be to complete a clean, error-free rally. A top-five result would ultimately be fantastic. If you analyse previous years at the Rally Sardinia, you will see that many drivers have been hit by punctures or retirements.


As such, the priority will be not to do anything stupid and to look after the car. I am particularly looking forward to the ‘Monte Lerno’ special stage with Mickey’s Jump, which is a genuine highlight every year. At almost 60 kilometres it is the longest stage of the year so far


. It doesn’t make much difference to me whether it is a long stage or a short one, as I believe I am in good physical condition. However, alternating between short sprints and long special stages is good for the drivers, co-drivers and spectators. And the Rally Italy does exactly that.”




FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings


Drivers' Championship         points



1.    Sébastien Ogier    112
2.    Jari-Matti Latvala    88
3.    Andreas Mikkelsen    48
4.    Mads Østberg    48
5.    Mikko Hirvonen    40
6.    Kris Meeke    32
7.    Thierry Neuville    31
8.    Elfyn Evans    26
9.    Martin Prokop     22
10.    Bryan Bouffier    18
11.    Henning Solberg     16
12.    Ott Tänak     10
13.    Benito Guerra    8
14.    Robert Kubica    8
15.    Chris Atkinson     6
16.    Pontus Tidemand    4
17.    Juho Hänninen    4
18.    Jaroslav Melichárek    4
19.    Nasser Al-Attiyah    3
20.    Matteo Gamba    2
21.    Craig Breen    2
22.    Yuriy Protasov    2
23.    Jari Ketomaa    1
24.    Dani Sordo    0



Manufacturers' Championship        points



1.    Volkswagen Motorsport    187
2.    Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT    90
3.    M-Sport    68
4.    Hyundai Motorsport    55
5.    Volkswagen Motorsport II    52
6.    Jipocar Czech National Team    24
7.    RK M-Sport WRT    12
8.    Hyundai Motorsport N    0


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