TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team quotes ahead of Corsica Rally

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team quotes ahead of Corsica Rally

04.04.2017: WRC Tour de Corse April 6 to 9th, 2017 Tommi Mškinen (Team Principal)

WRC Tour de Corse
April 6 to 9th, 2017





Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal)



“We had a very good test, introducing more new elements to the car, and from what we can see so far our performance on asphalt seems quite promising. We hope that we have the car to get a result but of course our objective does not change: we just want to gain experience and learn.



There are a lot of positive things I can see heading into this rally: firstly, Jari-Matti likes the event and is in a very good mood, so when drivers are in this frame of mind it means they can perform well.



He is second on the road but in Corsica that should not be a problem, as there is very little corner-cutting so road conditions should be good for him.



Also Juho is now fully recovered from his illness. Despite not feeling well he still managed to finish the last rally in Mexico and get some points with a great performance, so this should give him even more confidence now that he is fully recovered.”



Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10)



“Corsica is a special event for me: when I won there it meant so much to me because for Finns it was always a difficult place, after the accident with Henri Toivonen in 1986, and as a nation we never used to do very well there.



Now I think it is different, and of course rallying is a lot safer. We had a very good test completing 380 kilometres over two days, with one day on narrow and bumpy roads and the second day on fast and abrasive roads.



On the rally we will have both, so I think we found a good set-up between those two conditions, trying a few different damper settings. We already have an idea about the potential of the car on asphalt after Monte-Carlo, and my feeling with the car now is much better than it was after the test for Monte.





However, our rivals will be very strong, as we saw already on all the rallies so far, so we take nothing for granted. We are just staying focussed on our task of improving the car with every rally. Up to now that objective is being met, so I am happy.”



Juho Hänninen (Driver car 11)



“I feel so much better now than I did before so I am looking forward to Corsica: it feels good to be back on Tarmac. I have only done the rally once before and that was a long time ago, although I also did the recce last year.



So I have been relying a lot on the advice from Jari-Matti about how to set up the car and this is working very well. To me, the car actually feels quite similar to what we had in Monte-Carlo, but that is good as I had a very nice feeling with the car there.



The main difference in Corsica is the tyres, so we have been learning how to get the best out of them, especially for the long stages.



Mexico showed that if you persist you can have a good result even if the circumstances are against you and that is also a little bit the philosophy of Toyota this year: we are going to keep trying to make the car better and better.”

          
          



Stephan Lesuisse- photos Toyota

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