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2017 Rally Australia Quotes From The Drivers

Esapekka Lappi

Co: Janne Ferm

SS17

“Not too bad. The grip is generally really good. The last 2-3km is slippery and the water crossings are really deep. A bit wide a few times and a bit careful in the beginning trying to find the limit of grip.”

SS19

“It is crazy. The car is like a boat at times, you can’t control it – it just goes where it wants – there is so much standing water. It will be tough for the other guys. Never seen these kind of conditions before. ”

SS21

“I really tried to push although I screwed up the water splash corner and nearly went into the audience – I pushed hard and gave it a go.”

Elfyn Evans

Co: Daniel Barrit

SS17

“All okay – no problems. The water splashes were particularly deep to be honest but no problems.”

SS18

“We have gear selection issues.”

SS19

“I wasn’t really laughing – in shock maybe. Not taking any risks in there with the car aquaplaning, we have worn tyres on the car and had a big moment. We are having a gear selection issues.”

SS21

“It has been an incredible season and it’s been a great team to work with and their incredible people. It is a credit what DMack have achieved – they have done an incredible job with their resources.”

Stephane Lefebvere

Co: Gabin Moreau

SS17

“I touched one tree. ”

Sebastien Ogier

Co: Julien Ingrassia

SS17

“It was quite damp and slippy at the end of the stage.”

SS18

“An issue for us. Same problem we’ve had the whole weekend.”

SS19

“Not easy conditions and we are still having trouble with the car. It is the same problem we had with the car on the Friday – with the shifting. ”

SS21

“It was a tough weekend – we had some issues but okay it has been a fantastic season for us, taking out that trophy once again.”

Hayden Paddon

Co: Sebastian Marshall

SS17

“We are just trying some things – just getting used to the car as it’s quite different again. Quite slippy in there at the end.”

SS18

“In the middle part there was quite a bit of rain. The showers are coming and going so the grip comes and goes a lot – but it is okay. I think this weekend we have found some things that have troubled me the whole year – it’s just all a bit too late in the year.”

SS19

“Now we have a big gap and when conditions are like this we will drive safely and not take any risks. But there is not much we can do anyway. The conditions remind me of Portugal 2012 – very hard to read the grip. If we can bring home fourth would be a good way to finish off the year.”

SS21

“It has been a difficult year and glad it is over. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Now I’m looking forward to a break in New Zealand.”

Craig Breen

Co: Scott Martin

SS17

“The rain is starting to get heavy in the stage. It is what it is and we will see what happens in the next stage.”

Ott Tanak

Co: Martin Jarveoja

SS17

“It got slippery for sure. This stage hasn’t been so good but lets see what the next one brings. ”

SS18

“It is very tricky with the rain and quite inconsistent conditions. The last part of the stage was quite dry – difficult to explain.”

SS19

“It was slippy like hell – so so tricky. We just need to concentrate hard as it is so changeable.”

SS21

“It has been a great experience with M-Sport, thank you to them.”

Jari-Matti Latvvala

Co: Mikka Anittla

SS17

“The first part was okay but towards the end it was getting slippy and it was getting scary - I just wanted to have a clean run.”

SS18

“The rain came and it was very slippy at the beginning of the stage. I didn’t want to take big risks and sure we are losing time but still have 11 seconds over Ott. We are a little down on power.”

SS19

“I think we had a good stage given the standing water and it being tricky in places. I think it is drying out a little but shouldn’t make a difference between Thierry and us. Let’s see how we go stage-by-stage, how it goes between Thierry, Tannak and myself.”

Thierry Neuville

Co: Nicolas Gilsoul

SS17

“I think we need to be clever and manage. I was careful in the stage and at the end only lost one second.”

SS18

“It is still okay. I had to weather the rain and couldn’t do much more – I did my best. I will manage.”

SS19

“That was a hell of a ride – really really tricky conditions. I kept t it on the road but tricky for everyone. I knew I could make a difference but had to keep it together. You just go straight and follow the lines of the others.”

SS21

“This one is a special one and goes to the whole team at Hyundai Motorsport. It wasn’t easy but we kept the motivation high even if we didn’t win the championship. Thanks to the team and those who come to the rally.”

Kris Meeke

Co: Paul Nagle

SS17

“Massive rain in the middle of the stage and I couldn’t see the road in the middle of the stage with the wipers going – like a monsoon.”

SS18

“Horrendous, absolutely horrendous. Nothing to fight for so just to get to the finish. We are using it as a high-speed reece.”

SS19

“Tricky. Just treating it like a high-speed reece to get some experience as we’re not in the rally.”

SS21

“One little mistake in this stage and lost a second or two and that sort of sums up our year. Now we sit down and put in the work we are talking about and we’ll see what we can do.”

Andreas Mikkelsen

Co: Anders Jaeger-Synnevaag

SS17

“We got it in the middle of the stage – torrential rain. I think we were lucky to get here.”

SS18

“It was very very tricky. Conditions changed often – so playing it safe and saving tyres for later. We are not in the fight anymore but it is nice to see what happens to the stages when it rains.”

SS19

“It is good to be back in the car. While we are not fight for a lot today you drive accordingly. In tricky conditions like this when you’re not on it you’re not on it. I think it is good to drive these stages in the wet and learn from them. Hopefully we can have a good run on the power stage.”

SS21

“I hope we can expect good things for 2018. I’m in the right place for next year. The car is awesome the team is fantastic and am glad we have done these three rallies to be ready for next year.”

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Esapekka Lappi

Co: Janne Ferm

SS9

“It was wet so the grip was really good and you could really push. When it dried up in the second part we lost grip and started to struggle – so the rain was a bonus for us.”

SS10

“Some parts are quite good with good grip already. Still a lot of cleaning. It was quite soft and now when I try to push I am making strange lines. Experience from last year didn’t help me much.”

SS12

“Should have had softs – it was so slippery and changed so quickly. Lucky I gave myself extra braking room – just in the last 2-3km.”

SS13

“Slippery, the road hasn’t cleaned after the first past so I couldn’t get grip on the rear and had huge moments all the time. There was no line at all and couldn’t get any grip with the hard tyres.””

Elfyn Evans

Co: Daniel Barrit

SS9

“A fantastic stage and really enjoyable – obviously grip wasn’t good in places.”

SS10

“For us it was horrendously bad. Just no grip at all and just having to go so far ahead on the notes because it’s so hard to stop the car on the corners – just impossible to get confidence.”

SS12

“It was damp at the start for first 7km or so with okay grip, then loose with oversteer on exit of corners then last 3km was quite difficult.”

SS13

“Tricky to be honest. If I didn’t have understeer it was oversteer – so difficult conditions. A lot more loose than expected but no problems. A long weekend but we still have a job to do.”

Stephane Lefebvere

Co: Gabin Moreau

SS9

“A difficult one. After a few km’s at the start we had a spin and since then have some problem with the car – it has a strange feeling.”

SS10

“It is drier and more enjoyable for us. I went to push but it was tricky and have to be clean for the second loop or we will be too sideways. The wet condition was tricky for me this morning. ”

SS11

“This morning was really difficult – as we are cleaning the road and is not easy for me. This stage was okay though.” ”

SS12

“It was a bit better but I spun again and lost around 15 seconds. I braked too late and stalled the engine. The top part at the end was quite difficult. ”

SS13

“We just went a bit fast and had a lot of understeer, but is okay for this stage for the choice of tyre.”

Sebastien Ogier

Co: Julien Ingrassia

SS9

“The full wet stage would have been nice for us, when it got dry it got quite loose and slippy.”

SS10

“We missed a junction. Not much we can do about it, maybe I am losing concentration. No chance to achieve a good result this weekend.”

SS11

“I’m not part of any fight this weekend – whatever happens up front doesn’t really affect me. In the second loop hopefully we can make some time this afternoon. We will see.”

SS12

“11km to the finish in a slippy section I went wide, spun and lost the bumper.”

SS13

“It is not really our weekend. We were trying to push a bit more this afternoon expecting them to be better but still very loose so went a bit wide in the earlier stage and lost our bumper. Just a case of driving through and trying to finish this day. We have been trying to push for sure.”

Hayden Paddon

Co: Sebastian Marshall

SS9

“I’ve never driven that stage so bad in my life. Really hard with the rain, and then it getting dry when using three soft and one hard tyres on the car - it was quite tricky. We are having to look after the softs with only three left for the weekend.”

SS10

“This hasn’t been my favourite stage but enjoyed it more than in the past. Our tyre strategy isn’t the best so making the most of what we’ve got. It’s like a jungle through there, you have to carve your way through and make a few cuts here and there.”

SS11

“I think it is time to forget about the times and get a feeling for the car. If I look at the time board I get disappointed, it is time to just enjoy it.”

SS12

“The weather is playing a big part. The part that was dry is now slippery second time through. It is a hard base so there is nothing to grip into for those last few km’s.”

SS13

“First half was for the soft and second half for the hard tyres. Australian weather has thrown a curve ball this year.”

Ott Tanak

Co: Martin Jarvoja

SS9

“In the beginning it was wet and not so bad, after it dried out I was struggling with the balance – but it was okay.”

SS10

“This was good. The surface was slippery being dry but enjoyed it more than the previous and the car was better.”

SS11

“We need some performance to fight for the podium – at least we are closer. ”

SS12

“All okay. ”

SS13

“Unfortunately we had a puncture in the previous one so we had to use a soft tyre we were planning to use for the super special – so it was difficult and not so good.”

Craig Breen

Co: Scott Martin

SS9

“Great. It was like driving a race track and while I would like to have been faster it was okay. The grip was quite good especially when it was in the wet.”

SS10

“Really enjoyed that one. Last parts of the stage were similar to Nambucca. The stage really flowed – so enjoyable. ”

SS11

“It has been an okay morning. The stages are new for everybody but you can’t beat experience. ”

SS12

“It was not so bad. The end of the stage was a little bit messy. Just literally the last 2km it is like a red clay and really slippy. ”

SS13

“It was okay. I wasn’t as committed this time as it just didn’t flow. Then I had a white butterfly flying in front of me for the first part of me – just part of the jungle experience.”

Jari-Matti Latvala

Co: Mikka Anttila

SS9

“Definitely had a big attack and maybe too aggressive in the beginning, but got the rhythm and still took chances. Definitely have confidence.”

SS10

“This is the way you have to drive - I’m not allowed to be afraid of the trees. Much happier with the car, myself – with everything. When I’m smiling it goes well, when I’m not smiling – you know how it is.”

SS11

“It has been a good morning. Been surprising situation – but is still a tough fight. Our tyres are quite worn and maybe I have been a bit aggressive. I will be pushing this afternoon.”

SS12

“I tried where I could. Towards the end of the stage it was slippy under the trees and I didn’t expect that but overall it was a good stage. The next two stages are very very important.”

SS13

“Thierry has been very very strong and while I am trying he is driving well. I’ve been trying things with the car and he has been getting better but we will never give up until we get to the last stage and last metre.”

Thierry Neuville

Co: Nicolas Gilsoul

SS9

“We tried to do a good stage and pushed quite hard. Am sweating inside the car so much and sometimes lost concentration.”

SS10

“Someone ahead of us went straight on at a junction and I followed the lines. It was tightening and was far too late to turn so lost time turning around, then broke something in the gearbox. But we will be okay.”

SS11

“We are disappointed for Andreas and were looking forward to catch him this afternoon. We have a trouble with the gearbox with no first gear – it will get changed in service.”

SS12

“The tyres were working well and where it was dry I was pushing quite hard. ”

SS13

“I tried, this one was a bit more slippy and I struggled a bit with oversteer so not so much fun but the stage time is there. Many surprises in this rally so we have to keep a good rhythm but not push too hard.”

Kris Meeke

Co: Paul Nagle

SS9

“I tried. No idea. The other guys were just faster.”

SS10

“I missed a junction, and not much grip, so lost 10-15 seconds.”

SS11

“When it is gloomy in the forests we are good – but as you can see in that last stage anything can happen.”

SS12

“Not far after the start after a narrow bridge I just touched something and something has broken.”

Andreas Mikkelsen

Co: Anders Jaeger-Synnvaag

SS9

“I was flat-out but there are two different tyre strategies so we will see how they go for the weekend.”

SS10

“Right-hander over a crest and I hit a bank on the outside, the feeling was a puncture on the rear, then the front was feeling really strange and yes, we have two punctures.
It was 2-3km from the start. We hit it quite hard and sometimes you get away with it, sometimes you don’t. Two punctures and one spare so we’re not going anywhere.”

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Sebastien Ogier

Co: Julien Ingrassia

SS1

“I expected it to be slippy so will have to try push our best.”

SS3

“Very slippery. We had electrical problem with gearshift and put spare parts in – okay now.”

SS4

“Again, a shifting issue. Inconsistent.”

SS5

“The gear shifting issue is making it harder – and it is a shame as we didn’t need that.”

SS6

“I think it has been a tough day for us – and that is how it is. It is not so easy to drive with intermittent shifting. Somehow we have it working again after the last liaison stage but it is inconsistent.”

SS7/8

“The stage was okay although we are still carrying the gear shifting issue which was hard in the technical stage.”

Ott Tanak

Co: Martin Jarveoja

SS1

“In the beginning it was quite tricky, not such a good feeling.”

SS2

“The beginning of the first stage I had a lot of understeer and now oversteer.”

SS3

“Obviously I was not smart enough on the previous one with our changes. In this one it was surprising in places and much more drivable – we have a lot more grip now and it is a lot more stable.”

SS5

“It was quite slippery and quite challenging”

SS6

“Same as this morning – we have missing bodywork.”

SS7/8

“That was okay, hopefully good for the spectators.”

Elfyn Evans

Co: Daniel Barrit

SS1

“Not so bad. The grip seemed very low.”

SS2

“Patches of pretty bad dust for sure. Not a massive amount of grip, but always the same here to be honest.”

SS3

“The first half was exceptionally difficult – very very loose. When we started off down the steep hill it wasn’t so bad and found some confidence and got grip to go faster.”

SS4

“It was fine, but it’s now wet in the car. Maybe blown a seal in the water splash and its come in.””

SS5

“It was a bit better for sure. I’ve been able to get better confidence with the feeling of the car. We have the hards on the car and will get experience with them.”

SS6

“Pretty good and felt like I had a good run – did what I could.”

SS7/8

“It was quite slippery and there was not a lot of grip.”

Jari-Matti Latvvala

Co: Miikka Anittila

SS1

“I think I hit something on the first downhill part. I had a problem with the intercom and parts of the notes I didn’t hear so was difficult to concentrate.”

SS2

“Now the intercom is good. We had some trouble on the stage and didn’t expect it to be so tough with the thick gravel, and the car is not turning in as well (lost the front diffuser in the previous stage).”

SS3

“I am happier with the car. The problem in the first stage was with the intercom which is why we lost so much time. In this one I am not so happy as the time against Ott is not so good.”

SS4

“I was too careful in the beginning. In a right hand corner I saw a white stick and its hit the windscreen.”

SS5

“It was okay. We took the hard tyre and on the loose gravel it is okay but on the smooth surface I am struggling.”

SS6

“I wanted to be faster but did what I could with these tyres. It wasn’t that clean in places and maybe lost a bit of time where grass and dirt from cuts have made it muddy. The hard tyres were ideal in the first section.”

SS7/8

“It was okay and was better than last year – so I feel I have improved.”

Esapekka Lappi

Co: Janne Ferm

SS2

“I lost the power steering. No idea why. There was a hairpin right and tried to turn the car on the handbrake, spun and had to reverse to get going again. The steering is so stiff and it is going to be quite tough”

SS3

“No point in trying to drive faster and we are on the edge to keep it on the road.”

SS4

“Everything is fixed now. It was much better than this morning.”

SS5

“I was giving my all. I couldn’t recognise the grip level and was too slow. The car is now working and setup is right for me, but I’m too slow.”

SS6

“The tyres were running out a bit. The first part of the stage wasn’t perfect and the time is surprisingly okay given the grip levels.”

SS7/8

“The stage was very slippery and was surprised on our first run around. Great to see so many spectators out there.”

Hayden Paddon

Co: Sebastian Marshall

SS1

“It felt quite strange near the start and felt like picked up a rear puncture. The rear of the car was moving around quite a lot, so will look at that for the next one.”

SS2

“Difficult with the grip and a lot lower than we expected and not cleaning like we expected. Struggling with the balance of the car.”

SS3

“It was a nice stage, maybe it is the road conditions, it feels like we have no engine power, so it made the pace notes feel too slow, so we were having to adjust that.”

SS4

“The conditions were more the same for everyone, while the stage felt better I made a couple small mistakes and on such a short stage really hurt the time.”

SS5

“Trying to drive more attacking and remembering how I used to drive the car. Felt a bit better although room for improvement. The first part of the next stage will be hard on the tyres, after 9km’s they will be okay.”

SS6

“The full soft was not the right choice through here, there was one rear tyre that made it feel like we had a puncture. Never mind.”

SS7/8

“Obviously a straight forward stage, although has a bit of loose gravel. Even so, it was fun.”

Thierry Neuville

Co: Nicolas Gilsoul

SS1

“It was okay. I was not pushing very hard to be honest. And the grip was good on the soft tyres so I didn’t go very very fast.”

SS2

“It was quite tricky and it changes quite often. I’m hesitating.”

SS3

“There were a lot of cuts in here. Tried my best, very fast in here, lot and lot of cleaning. I guess we will lose time to the guys behind.”

SS4

“All okay. Quite slippy, but better than the first time.”

SS5

“Maybe sliding a bit too much, but I tried to push. It was okay. Maybe Sebastien had a problem? It was faster than the first time though.”

SS6

“I struggled a bit with the soft tyres in this one and the rear was sliding too much. I couldn’t push in the right-hand corners so lost a bit of time in there.”

SS7/8

“Satisfied – we have done our maximum being second on the road.”

Andreas Mikkelsen

Co: Anders Jaeger-Synnevaag

SS1

“Nothing happened, a clean drive and no mistakes. It was a clean run. Of course we can push harder but for the first stage it was a good start.”

SS2

“I enjoy these stages – a good start to the morning, we just have to continue like this. The dust is bad in places but try not to think too much about it.”

SS3

“It has been a good morning. Am very happy with the car and everything is the way I want it. Earlier I was lifting too much when I should have gone flat. We are enjoying our time in the car and they are really beautiful stages.”

SS4

“It was a good stage – although hard compression in the water. Still quite slippery. We are on the softs so should be better for the next one.”

SS5

“It was good – a clean slate for us, so no problems. Trying to keep a clean rhythm. Hopefully it will bring a good road position for tomorrow.”

SS6

“It has been really amazing and I’m really enjoying my third rally with Hyundai – the car feels like home now. Still two stages to go but it is good – can’t be better.”

SS7/8

“The stage was slippery with loose gravel on parts of the road.”

Kris Meeke

Co: Paul Nagle

SS1

“Was surprised, it has cleaned a little bit. It felt a bit strange at the top but am happy with my run.”

SS2

“On a corner I touched the inside on a bank, the dust is on the limit and would look to increase the gap”

SS3

“My notes were just too fast, ran wide, and dropped off the road into a bush/tree, so had to reverse back and lost around 10-12 seconds.”

SS4

“Just one bad dip in there. Everyone is on a mixture of tyres so I am happy considering our package.”

SS5

“I had a good stage. I’m happy with the tyres and hopefully now they will be a good package for the last stage.”

SS6

“It was fine. Just trying to figure it out to be honest, with the variation of tyres. The tyre choice has delivered a mixed bag.”

SS7/8

“Good. Our first run was a bit sketchy as we ran wide on one corner. Happy otherwise.”

Stephane Lefebvre

Co: Gabin Moreau

SS2

“I have no spare wheel now. I can go faster but don’t want to take any risks.”

SS3

“The time is not so bad, the road is cleaning so it was better for us.”

SS4

“I didn't make any mistakes but the tyre has come off its rim. I used the road 100% but a puncture is not normal.”

SS5

“I cannot push as again I have no spare. It will make it difficult tomorrow with road position.”

SS6

“We tried to push but I lost rhythm after making a mistake and lost maybe 3-4 seconds.”

SS7/8

“Very slippery, being first on the road and while there wasn’t dust there will be cleaning for the cars behind.”

Craig Breen

Co: Scott Martin

SS1

“It was tough and took a while to get into it. Am here for experience here, so am in the ballpark.”

SS2

“Big corners and have to push, the time isn’t as bad and just have to push and keep on so we have a good road position for tomorrow.”

SS3

“It was awesome, just awesome. I love this – everything is so perfect. It was so much fun. I love what I do, I really do.”

SS4

“The damage started at the start of the stage. We are on a hard package so I’m quite happy (has one soft tyre on the car and spare is a hard).””

SS5

“We have a soft on the front (right) and the balance wasn’t quite so nice in places but we will push on.”

SS6

“I had a jump at the start of the stage and then thought I had a puncture or something broken. The second half of the stage was a bit better.”

SS7/8

“I made a silly mistake first time through although it was fun.”

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