Volkswagen’s Sebastien Ogier: ‘Why shouldn't we win here?’
“I am trying to take a totally happy-go-lucky approach to the Rally Germany. A win would obviously be a hugely important step towards the title. And the World Championship is my dream for this season. However, when you look at the current standings, I do not necessarily have to win at all costs.
"My goal will be to maintain my lead in the Drivers’ Championship. Having said that, victory in Germany would be fantastic for my team.They more than deserve it. Our team is making all the difference at the moment. We head to Germany full of confidence. To be perfectly honest: why shouldn’t we win there?”
Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen: ‘The podium is the minimum objective’
“It’s a long time since we last drove on tarmac, but testing gave us the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the roads and fine-tune our reflexes. I am looking forward to the start of Rallye Deutschland. It’s always a difficult event, but I really like it, especially when the roads are dry. If we managed to reproduce the same pace that we achieved in testing, I think we can fight for a place on the podium. That’s the minimum objective.”
Qatar WRT’s Thierry Neuville: ‘It might be possible to fight for the win’
“I have more experience on asphalt and it is the surface I feel most confident on so I definitely want to finish on the podium. Of course we will have to wait and see what our speed is like on the stages, but it might even be possible to fight for the win.
“Finding a good set-up for all types of stages is very important, but we’ve had a good test so far and the car feels really good. We’ve had some really good test roads and were able to try a lot of different settings. Both Nicolas [Gilsoul, co-driver] and I are really looking forward to this event – it’s practically a home rally for us!”
Qatar M-Sport’s Evgeny Novikov: ‘I feel well prepared for the challenge.’
“I’ve only competed in Germany once before so I don’t know the stages as well as some of the other competitors. That said, it is an event I really enjoy. It’s a really difficult rally to get right, but I love the challenge.
“There are a lot of things to take into consideration on this event and you need to run quite a clever rally. You need to think about tyres because we don’t get an unlimited supply and a wrong choice can lose you a lot of time. Then the weather will also play a big factor. But we have had a good couple of days testing and both Ilka [Minor, co-driver] and I feel well prepared for the challenges ahead.”