Norbert Michelisz, Aurélien Panis and Gabriele Tarquini attended the Race 1 press conference. A transcript follows.
FIA WTCR Race of Malaysia
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO 2019
Deciding rounds 28-30 of 30, Sepang International Circuit, 12-15 December
Norbert Michelisz, BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse, DHL Pole Position
Aurélien Panis, Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing, second position
Gabriele Tarquini, BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse, third position
Norbi, you’ve got the number five on your Hyundai and now have a 27-point lead in the title race. How are you feeling right now?
I’m OK thanks! In the end you could see that the race was far from straightforward. The problems started with the tyre choice because we were just in between wet and dry conditions, so we had to gamble a bit. But in the end the choice was quite good because the conditions stayed constant. I managed to [keep] my rhythm which again was far from easy because it was a constantly changing balance. But in the end the important thing was to win the race and extend the lead because now this was a good step in the right direction. We are 27 points ahead but there are still 50 to collect, so there is still a long way to go.
Can you explain which Yokohama tyres you were using and how difficult were the conditions?
We went for slicks on the front and rain tyres on the rear. Usually this choice never works, but I think today we were also a bit lucky. For everyone who went for this choice, it was a big risk but in the end you have to go with a choice if you are not sure what the current conditions on the grid say. And between the five and two minutes boards we were still not sure, but the