Kimi Portugal Rally review

2nd June 2010
One point and lots of happening It was exactly how we expected it would to be: The Rally of Portugal was as tricky as the Rally of Jordan. We got the right information. I guess, these two are the most difficult rallies in the calender We finished the rally in Jordan and we managed to finish the rally in Portugal as well. Now we got some points from three successive races. It’s ok result, but, obviously, it could have been a little bit better in Portugal. We had P8 in our hands, but then we had a few problems, lost a lot of time and finally we were happy just to finish the rally on Sunday. The puncture on Sunday morning was an annoying experience, but shit happens. It’s a part of motor racing and it happens to all of us sometimes. Right in the beginning we lost time, while we went out of the road and had to push the car back using the reverse. Then on Sunday morning the feeling in the car was better and better, I cut a corner too fast and we had a big moment on two wheels. Well, we were lucky, it didn’t roll over and it came back. After that it was just a question to bring car home. It was like in every rally that the surface changes radically, while you do the stage for a second time. Obviously, it was very difficult route all the way long and the changes, they were even bigger compared to other places. The gap to the top guys is huge, but there is nothing surprising in that. We have known since the very beginning of this season, that the front runners are very, very quick. You have to have a lot of confidence in your car and a lot of kilometres in rally to match with them. Now there is a new winner in WRC rally. Ogier is a really strong rally driver and deserved his first victory after coming so close already in New Zealand. Obviously, I remember well how nice feeling I’ve got after winning my first Formula One Grand Prix in Malaysia back in 2003. It’s always a special thing for a racing driver. Now we head for the Lanterna Rally in Italy. We got an opportunity to have some training on tarmac before the next WRC rally in Bulgaria in July. After that I will keenly watch the football world cup and some other sports, while we have some weeks to chill out.