Al-Attiyah starts title defence with Mexico win
Comfortable victory for Al-Attiyah in WRC 2 season debut
We caught up with Nasser after the rally to find out more about his opening round success.
Q: Congratulations Nasser. One rally, one win.
N A-A: “Yeah, it was a good job. I’m very happy to start my season here in Mexico with the win in WRC 2. It’s a great step and now we are looking forward to the next race.”
Q: You said you won this rally because you were clever. Is this event all about patience?
N A-A: “It's important. I always knew we had the speed. Of course we were pushing all the way, but with a good speed - not going crazy. On this rally you need to have a good speed, but if you have some problem you will lose the race. We didn’t. It’s the same strategy we use every time with the long races.”
Q: So your Cross-Country rally experience helped on Mexico’s long stages?
N A-A: “Yes, it helped a lot.”
Q: You had a good fight with Yurii Protasov early in the event.
N A-A: “Absolutely. Yurii did a good job for two days. But he had a puncture and afterwards he decided to push and he went off. But okay, this is the game.”
Q: This was your first WRC appearance alongside co-driver Matthieu Baumel. You seem to work well together.
N A-A: “Yes, fantastic. From the beginning I was not sure, but we took everything step-by-step and for the final two days it was perfect.”
Q: Where will we see you next in WRC 2?
N A-A: “I will miss Argentina, so my next rally will be Portugal.”
Q: And you have a busy month ahead?
N A-A: “Straight after Mexico I head to Kuwait for the second round of the Middle East Rally Championship. From there I go to the World Cup for shooting and from there straight to Abu Dhabi for the Cross-Country rally. March is busy!”