17 Mar 08
Q. We're pushing things here, but if you could go back in time which era of the WRC would you choose to compete in? "I have always been fascinated by the Group B cars of the 1980's. They had power like monsters, but I know that at that time the rallies were physically very hard. The events were different - more like an endurance marathon than the ones we do now. But I'd like to give it a go anyway. It would be interesting to go back and see what it was really like."
Q. If you could change one thing about a WRC car to make it more exciting to drive, what would it be?
"I think it would be interesting to have a less restricted engine - so lets take the restrictor out altogether. But on the other hand, if you increase the power you need to make them a bit slower so they don't go too quick. Maybe if we increased the power then we should go for a mechanical centre differential as well which would make the car more difficult to drive. It would certainly be a challenge."
Q. In the past you've said you find it difficult to drive on dirty asphalt roads. How are you trying to improve and do you have any other areas for improvement?
"In the summer I'm planning to learn some tarmac driving techniques with one of the best touring car drivers in Finland. This should help me improve my basic skills, but dirty tarmac is very difficult and it's not so easy to practise. The best time to work on this is during tests, it's only when you are testing on those sort of roads that you can improve and get experience. First I'll concentrate on getting my basic skills better, then try to get the speed from there."
Missed part one of Jari's interview? This link will take you there: Jari-Matti interview part one