FIA WTCR RACE OF
Guia, 15-18 November 2018
WTCR – FIA World
Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO, Rounds 28-30 of 30
Rob Huff, Sébastien Loeb Racing, DHL Pole Position
Esteban Guerrieri, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, second position
Yvan Muller, YMR, third position
André Couto, MacPro Racing Team, leading local driver
Turning first to Rob Huff, the King of Macau. A fantastic start to your
weekend but just explain how that lap was so quick?
Huge congratulations to the guys either side of me, they pushed really
hard and at one point I was a bit concerned that Esteban might have
taken it from me. We got a good lap on the first run and that sort of
set the bar if you like early in qualifying. Then on my second run I
was behind Yvan and got a much better lap, he towed me around so thank
You have to give it me back.
I gave it back many years ago! The third and fourth run was a red flag
and a yellow flag but the fourth run especially we were quite a bit
quicker and we felt we had a good time left in the car, it was just
whether we had enough fuel and time to make that extra run. Of course
there was. Sector one I was completely on my own, so of course sector
one was down and at that point most people thought the lap was over but
the middle bit of Macau is where the time comes and I just managed to
absolutely nail the second and last sector and huge thanks to the team
for giving me such a wonderful car. It was a joy to drive and I’m very
Turning next to Esteban Guerrieri, almost your first Macau pole but not
quite. Just explain Lisboa because it looked quite exciting between you
and Yvan Muller at one point?
First of all, congratulations to Rob. My lap was very good and also
Yvan’s but his lap must have been amazing. I would like to see that
onboard. It was a very good qually, to be honest the incident with
Yvan, when I got out of the car I went to ask what happened. He said I
blocked him but to be honest I didn’t see, I was on my slowing lap and
we will have to check that. We will talk to him later about this for
sure. From my qually was a nice one. I was on a very good progression.
On my third run I messed up in sector three so it [wasn’t] a very good
run. I pit in. But I have to thank Yann [Ehrlacher, team-mate] because he
went out with used tyres because he has and engine penalty and he
starts at the back so he towed me on the first sector and then I did a
very good second, third and fourth sector to get provisional pole. I
was actually thinking it was done, I don’t know if the TV was wrong
with the sectors but Rob said he gained everything later but I saw he
was 0.6s slower so I thought everything was done but apparently he
gained 0.9s back. I will see the sector times later but still it was a
very good feeling to be in the front in Macau for my second time in
touring cars. Let’s give it a go later on for another qually and let’s
fight tomorrow in the races.
Turning next to Yvan Muller, the four-time FIA World Touring Car
champion, going for the title this weekend and you’re ahead of your
rival Gabriele Tarquini in First Qualifying. But could your lap have
been better if it wasn’t for the situation at Lisboa?
I don’t know, we will never know. My lap was not bad, not bad at all.
It can always be better at Macau even when you are almost 50 years old.
I can be pleased with this qually, I am still not quick enough in the
third sector but the rest is not bad. We will see what will happen in
Turning finally to local hero André Couto, a winner here in Formula 3
an back in World Touring Cars. How was your first competitive action in
I’ve been struggling a lot to find the pace and I’m not feeling very
confident with the car in the braking. So I just need to take some time
and go step by step.
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