Wed 26 Oct 2022

Rovanperä ‘disappointed’ by Spain pace

Kalle Rovanperä’s a man used to winning. He’s done it a lot this season, what with six rally victories and one championship.

Starting his first event as the new world number one, his expectations were high in Spain last week. But then came Sébastien Ogier.

The 22-year-old Finn’s team-mate is also a man who knows a bit about success. He’s done eight titles and was keen on a first hybrid win to add to the 54 he’d captured with internal combustion alone.

Could Kalle have caught him?

“I think we could have made second [place],” he said, full of typical modesty. “I think we had the pace for that position.

“Séb deserved the win. He was really fast for the whole weekend and even if I’d been on my limit and pushing all the time, I think maybe I couldn’t have done the same speed [as Ogier]. He was very quick.

“Third is OK, but I am, of course, a bit disappointed. I wanted a clean rally and the chance to help the team to bring points for the championship. 

“I didn’t want to take risks, I wanted to celebrate with the team. I guess from that side, I was able to manage the pace and we came to the finish with points, so it went to that plan.”

With both the drivers’ title and the manufacturers’ crown now safely in the hands of Rovanperä and Toyota, the Finn will have one more chance to land a seventh win when the season concludes in Japan next month (10 - 13 November). 

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