Tuesday | 26 Jan 2021

Evans: 'I must take more risks'

Elfyn Evans admits he must throw caution out of the window to challenge for this season’s FIA World Rally Championship title.

The Welshman, runner-up to Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Sébastien Ogier in the 2020 drivers’ battle, had to settle for the same outcome again in this year’s season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo last weekend.

Despite leading after Friday’s second leg, Evans frequently conceded he lacked the confidence in the constantly changing conditions in the French Alps to prevent Ogier claiming a record eighth Monte victory. He acknowledged that must change.

“Seb was obviously driving very, very well and ultimately ended up in a league of his own, to be honest. I could see the time and that was frustrating, but I didn’t feel confident enough to take the risk,” he said.

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“It was perhaps a game of not taking too many risks like I said, but I didn’t feel comfortable enough to do it. I felt the risks were too high to go faster this weekend, but we know if we want to fight for the title, we’re going to have to do it in the rallies to come.

“Maybe I didn’t push quite enough to really challenge Seb for the victory, he was very, very good this weekend. It’s his home rally so it was always going to be tough – but credit to him.”

Evans was nevertheless happy to bank the points for second, as well as gaining three bonus points with third fastest time in the rally-closing Wolf Power Stage.

“We can be happy with the points, but of course you always want more and hopefully next time I can be a bit stronger. I don’t think I quite had the feeling this weekend,” he added.