WTCR – Race of Hungary Race 2 digital press convention
Yann Ehrlacher, Yvan Muller, Jean-Karl Vernay and Attila Tassi attended the Race 2 digital press convention at WTCR Race of Hungary. A transcript follows.
Press Convention Room, Hungaroring, October 18, 2020
Yann Ehrlacher, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, first place
Yvan Muller, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, second place
Jean-Karl Vernay, Crew Mulsanne, third place
Attila Tassi, ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport
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RACE 2 REPORT:
Yann, you could have prolonged your factors result in 40 and also you had a unbelievable begin to an excellent race for you.
Sure, first of a giant congratulations to the gents with my on the rostrum. We had begin, Yvan and me. We managed to get by the CUPRA after which Yvan let me by and canopy my again all of the race, in order that was a correct staff effort. I’m actually grateful for this. Then I simply needed to handle my tempo and don’t do any errors, watch out with the tyres as a result of I knew if there was a security automobile there is no such thing as a level to construct a 10-second hole, so I used to be managing it. A reverse-grid win by no means tastes the identical as a correct win, but it surely’s good factors and I would like them.
It’s turning out to be a powerful weekend given that you simply guys felt you didn’t have the tempo earlier than qualifying. Additionally, in Race 3 when you begin additional again there’s potential to climb up the order.
Or end within the barrier as properly whenever you see the usual within the center and behind the sector, it appears to be like like a struggle. It’s going to be thrilling and I’ll attempt to make my method by way of the most secure method. You by no means know what can occur, however for me the weekend is already second. After FP2 we had been one and a half seconds off and now we’re again within the recreation with two podiums, so we’ll simply maintain going that method.
Yvan, your begin was mega and you probably did an ideal job of holding Jean-Karl Vernay again, nearly permitting Santiago Urrutia to make it a Lynk & Co one-two-three.
No, I used to be not doing that for Santi, I used to be anxious as a result of the Alfa could be very mild when it comes to weight and I used to be anxious in regards to the entrance tyres for the top of the race for us, as a result of the damage on tyres is greater on our automobile. That’s why I simply saved a niche large enough to present some air to Yann in case JK may overtake me. And on the similar time I needed to have a transparent observe in entrance of me as a result of whenever you observe a automobile too shut you could have large understeer. There was no level to remain behind Yann as a result of I’d not assault him and not less than I used to be taking care of my tyres.
An incredible end result for Lynk & Co, isn’t it?
Sure, an ideal end result for Lynk & Co and Cyan Racing. We lead in all probability much more the groups’ championship and Yann took one other benefit on the drivers’ championship, so it’s staff effort and I’d like to hitch Thed Björk and Santi on this effort.
Jean-Karl, your begin was mega, however your begin after the security automobile may have gone a bit of higher. What went on there?
I used to be very happy with my begin and in addition from behind the security automobile, it was extra about our technique, let’s say. As Yvan mentioned, he was managing… it was a household enterprise, which is kind of acceptable, that’s their technique. However I needed to cope with that as a result of Yvan was slowing me down a bit of bit and Santi was coming again so I needed to cope with each of them. So, I mentioned ‘OK, attempt to keep clam, no errors, make a niche the place you possibly can, attempt to decelerate a bit of bit whereas being certain Santi is not going to overtake you.’ And that was all. To overhaul Yvan, it’s not like I used to be fast sufficient to make a cross and I used to be proud of the rostrum. It’s end result for us, I’m super-happy with the stability of the automobile. It was not one of the best observe for Alfa Romeos within the final two years and I feel to indicate the consistency we’re displaying because the begin of the yr is a very good level and we’re going to attempt to proceed this fashion. I’m very proud of the work of the staff and now we have now one other race to make one other good begin. P6 will not be that far [from the front] and I hope for good factors.
Sure, you begin P6 and Azcona and Girolami may not be again out, so you could have probability to make up locations.
It isn’t the way in which we need to race, so hopefully they are going to be again on observe. Now I’ve actually found the Alfa and know the way it works, I’ve labored quite a bit on my coordination and the final 4 begins have been actually wonderful, so… I do know precisely what I’ve to do and I’m going to try to do the identical and we’ll see on the first nook. As Yann and Yvan mentioned, the primary lap is sort of a large number, you have to be sensible and be fortunate additionally, and that’s all I need.
Attila, how was that race for you?
This was a bit of bit extra calm than Race 1. I had an OK begin, not an ideal one. In Flip 1 I went method too broad, greater than I needed, so I misplaced on the market after which at Flip 2 I used to be on the surface and there have been some collisions in entrance of me, so I may take good benefit with none contact on my automobile. Clearly we had been taking good care of the automobile for Race 3 as a result of that’s an important for us. Afterwards I used to be attempting to overhaul Bence with the CUPRA, but it surely was simply unimaginable as a result of the straight-line pace they’ve, we don’t have an opportunity. I used to be battling the entrance tyres for 2 or three laps, to cross him in sector two but it surely was not sufficient as a result of each time there was a straight he made a niche. After that I bought a name from the staff to let Esteban by, which I did. Then he tried but it surely was the identical lack of success for us. Afterwards I used to be simply following Esteban and made some excellent factors for Race 2 as properly.
What’s the staff technique for Race 3? I can’t think about you’ll need to keep behind Esteban.
We’ll see. The highest 4 is all Honda, so for certain there will likely be some staff orders I suppose, however we’ll see how the beginning and first lap go, then we will likely be intelligent.
Is that how it might be mentioned, to see how it’s after the primary nook?
Yeah, the beginning will not be at all times good. Generally it’s very unhealthy, typically it’s excellent, so everybody has to get away after which after lap one or two we’ll get a message or not. We’ll see the rankings between the 4 of us. We’ll see. Clearly I’m pushing for a podium which might be an ideal success right here at house within the WTCR. Clearly that’s the purpose, however I’m engaged on begin and in addition I can get Esteban after which handle the tempo. However first we want an excellent begin after which we’ll see the way it will occur.