WRC A FULL 2014
MIDDAY QUOTES, RALLYE DE FRANCE, DAY TWO
4 October 2014
Mikko Hirvonen (7th) said:
“I was surprised that I lost so much on the last stage [of the afternoon, SS10]. I did overshoot a junction, but still we shouldn’t have lost that much when we were relatively close on the other two [SS8 and SS9]. That stage [SS10] felt a lot more slippery than the others and I know that my car is stiffer than Elfyn’s [Evans] and Robert’s [Kubica] so maybe that’s where I was struggling.”
Elfyn Evans (8th) said:
“The general feeling in the car is positive. Even though the speed isn’t that different and we’re there or there abouts when compared to where we were yesterday, the feeling is much better.
“The stage times have been a little up and down this morning. Sometimes they’ve been good, and sometimes we’ve been a little overly cautious which has cost us a few seconds here and there.
“Overall I think we can be happy with our morning’s work. We’ll make a few little tweaks for the afternoon – mainly stage specific – and hopefully enjoy the rest of the day.”
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Dennis Kuipers (12th) said:
“These stages are really fast but it’s been okay for us. I think these stages suit me better. They’re really nice and flowing and I can feel everything getting better the more kilometres we do.”
Yuriy Protasov (14th) said:
“It’s been a much better morning for us and you can notice a big difference being second on the road. These conditions are not easy as the grip levels in the first two stages [SS8 and SS9] were changing all the time which made it quite hard to judge. We’ve been taking no risks and I have been happy with my driving.”
Robert Kubica (5th) said:
“It has been a good morning although we had a small mistake in the second stage [of the morning, SS9]. There was a corner with a cut and a hairpin straight after it. I took the cut and it was really muddy because it was humid. Then it pushed me out of the line and as I tried to recover the car I hit some concrete and damaged the [wheel] rim. The tyre was slightly off the rim, but it was keeping pressure so we didn’t lose too much time.
“I think the first stage [SS8] and the last stage [SS10] were very good for us and I hope that we can continue like that this afternoon. Of course the second loop will be a bit more difficult, especially with the cuts as it’s so unpredictable to know if the plastic bollards will be there or not. Even if the safety crews say that they are there, sometimes they are gone when we arrive. Also the ones that were missing this morning might be back this afternoon. It can be quite dangerous as there are so many blind corners in this event, but it’s the same for everyone and we’ll just see what we can do.”
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