Tuesday | 04 Feb 2014

Rally Sweden fighting talk

Here’s a flavour of what the drivers are saying ahead of tomorrow’s shakedown.

Sébastien Ogier: “I would love to win here again.”
“Rally Sweden is one of my favourite rallies on the calendar. Last year, we claimed the first win for Volkswagen here, following a great duel with Sébastien Loeb. That was probably the best rally of my career so far. Like Loeb, we pushed ourselves to the very limit the entire time, and had to give 100 per cent every minute. We are now the team that everyone wants to beat. It will definitely not be easy, but I would love to win here again.”

Mads Ostberg: “I want to try and fight for the win.”
“It’s one of the most important races of our season. The aim is to finish on the podium. If everything goes well, I want to try and fight for the win. We’ll have a lot of fans cheering us on alongside the roads. And although I am very focused on my racing line, I still notice our fans waving the Norwegian and Swedish flags!”

Thierry Neuville - a fresh start

Thierry Neuville: “We want to finish Rally Sweden.”
“I don’t have much experience on Rally Sweden having only competed here twice before, and snow is probably my least favourite surface, but it’s a rally where I enjoy a lot driving and where we got a good result last year (fifth). After retiring at Rallye Monte-Carlo so early in the competition, Nicolas and I are really looking forward to get a fresh start and we want to finish Rally Sweden for ourselves and for the entire team.”

Mikko Hirvonen: “We’re determined to show what we can do.”
“The main thing to remember is to really commit to the stages. Especially in the high-speed sections, you need the confidence to go flat-out. It’s one of those events where a driver needs to really attack, but in the narrow sections you also have to be very precise. There’s a very narrow line that forms, and if you venture off that line you can easily find yourself in trouble. I’m really looking forward to Sweden where I think we can be competitive. We’re certainly determined to show what we can do.”