WRC Rallyes: Norway: Driver quotes from Service Parc

WRC Rallyes: Norway: Driver quotes from Service Parc

15.02.2009: Petter Solberg: “It’s been great. From my point of view I’m happy with what I’ve got, but we have to keep on pushing because Matthew [Wilson] is so close behind. I couldn’t have driven any faster on the last stage [SS20]. This is such an important rally f

Sebastien Loeb:
“It wasn’t so easy, there was a lot of snow and many grip changes but we are still here and with pretty much the same advantage we started the loop with. We’ll see how we do this afternoon. I hope it will be the same as yesterday when we were able to fight with Mikko. It’s difficult to say how confident I feel. Yes, everything is going very well but there’s a big battle still to come.”

Mikko Hirvonen:

“It’s a shame about the second stage - he made an unbelievable time there. There are still three more stages to go. We won’t make any changes now. The car is fine, I feel fine. I don’t know what’s going to happen but I’ll try to catch him. There will only be a very narrow clean line on the roads now so it's likely that we may slide around more on the loose snow dragged onto the road during the first passage.”

Ford team boss Malcolm Wilson:

“Mikko made such a big effort on the first stage we all felt he was pressuring but I think he was shocked by how Sebastien came back in the second stage - and that threw his game plan. There’s no question we’re going to keep pushing. From a team point of view we want Mikko to win this rally.”

Petter Solberg:
“It’s been great. From my point of view I’m happy with what I’ve got, but we have to keep on pushing because Matthew [Wilson] is so close behind. I couldn’t have driven any faster on the last stage [SS20]. This is such an important rally for me.”

Matthew Wilson:

“We had a good run in there and it’s really exciting to be in a fierce battle with Petter on his home stages; I’m driving hard to try and get past him. The road is cleaning a bit and I thought the grip was reasonably good but it will definitely break up for the second pass.”

Henning Solberg:

“I’m not completely satisfied but yes, I’m happy with fourth. It won’t be easy for Mikko to catch Sebastien but I hope he’ll try. I hope there will be another Rally Norway in the future so I can try and beat these guys next time!”

Mads Ostberg:

“We have cured the windscreen misting problem. By accident we found out the heated element in the screen is programmed to turn itself off automatically after five minutes - even if the main switch in on. If we switch it off and on again the screen clears in 20 seconds. One whole weekend destroyed by something like that isn’t so good.”

Jari-Matti Latvala:

"My split times were quick initially so I decided to ease off a little and not take risks. I'm driving at a steady pace and enjoying it. I hit snow banks in the first two stages and the impact damaged the rear of the car. It allowed snow to get inside and my windscreen misted afterwards."


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