68. Rally Sweden 2020
13. 2. – 16. 2. 2020, Torsby • Rally Sweden AB • snow - ice 171.64 km - (cancelled 23.09 km) • Other years
Itinerary shortened before the event due to lack of snow.
"We’ve completed Rally Sweden. We drove pretty safely at the final stage as there really was nothing to fight for by then. We’re just happy this event is finally over."
"Not the end we wanted with a slow rear-left puncture on the final stage. Not sure where we got it but that’s rallying! "
"Five seconds to our class winner and second fastest R5, so I'm happy!"
"SS18 was really slippery & the grip was more changing than I expected. Made a little mistake in the beginning and lost a couple of seconds. Overall happy with the weekend and the championship points!"
"Fantastic result after a great weekend! The team have been great, gave us what we needed and it’s a pleasure working with them. Really pleased for on his first win, great job by everyone this weekend."
"It's been a difficult weekend but we are at the end. Conditions were tricky in this stage and I was not daring enough. But at least we'll have a good start position in Mexico!"
"I don't know if it's enough for a podium but I gave everything I have. Start on the slow section could have been better, but we will see."
“It was so tricky in there and at times it felt as though the car was just sailing on top of the mud. But not a bad weekend overall, and we’ll look to build on that next time out in Mexico.”
"It was a perfect weekend, WRC3 winners and fastest R5 in overall! If you want to win, take a Finn. "
“It’s not been a great weekend for us and we had a stall in the beginning of this one too. But okay, we just have to put it behind us and focus on doing better and scoring some good points in Mexico.”
"It feels really good. A challenging weekend. To end up with 50 points after RMC & Rally Sweden, is what we wanted, especially after this difficult weekend"
"Happy for 2nd, but it’s been a tricky weekend. We’ve had some good stage times and happy with that, but need to figure out why we lose so much on the other stages. Finally we score some important points in the championship!"
"We hit the rock and picked up the puncture at the start of the stage so we had to stop to change the wheel. Unfortunately we’ve got back on the move right after Fourmaux, and were stuck behind him till the finish."
"We're really trying and it felt like a quite good stage for us. If you lose time in the start it's difficult to catch. We're doing what we can."
"It was okay - we tried to have a clean stage. I am not comfortable so I am having to go over the limit and it's not ideal."
"I was caught out near the end when the sump guard touched and it threw the car into an understeer. It's still very tricky!"
"It's not easy, we had to make some changes on the road section because our front tyres were wearing out too much. I had to get the feeling at the beginning of the stage but now I think it's a better set up for the tyres."
"I made one small mistake at the end where I had a really bad exit. Otherwise, a really good stage and we had a good push."
"I don't know what the boys behind will be able to do but that one will clean more than the others. We had a clean run."
"I was pushing and giving it everything. We had three or four slides and that's it."
"It was very difficult to drive because every corner the grip is changing a lot. We are here so it's okay"
"We tried - this morning was really good. I don't get the studs down in the ground so I struggled a lot with that one."
"It feels good and we are not taking any big risks."
"I am trying but when you're not really comfortable it's difficult to push. I keep making mistakes instead of being faster - I went off the road at one point at one time and lost a little bit of time."
"I don't think this morning was perfect - I wasn't really in touch with the grip the gravel was offering. I had a much better rhythm in this stage."
"I wasn't sure if we were too careful but it seems we are carrying good speed. Anything can happen, so we need to keep in this rhythm."
"Slowly, slowly. I can't saying I am feeling completely comfortable yet but I am doing what I can."
"I am trying my best and driving much better than yesterday, but the times aren't there. I think I am losing some studs but I am not sure where I can preserve them."
"I tried my best but we are struggling a little bit with the setup and the car felt different to the stage before."
"This stage was really good, so I am really pleased. It's better than yesterday and I can't do more."
"It was a bit better but probably not enough. I thought I had done a better stage at this."
"It was quite OK but probably I didn't push enough in some places. I'm trying my best."
"We need to go flat out and that's it. Simple."
"This is more like loose snow on the top of the surface, which makes it slippery. It is trickier than yesterday but I will try and survive this rally."
"Three or four corners before the end - I was lucky with that. There was a hole on the inside. I enjoyed this stage and I couldn't do much more than that."
"It was quite a difficult stage."
"That's good. The conditions are slightly better today, but it's still not easy. We are trying to keep a good rhythm."
"It's completely different. There is more gravel and better grip in general I think. Luckily we had no issues."
"It's been an okay morning but it was difficult in there. There was a lot of grip, but in some places it was slippier than expected."
"It's still not the feeling I was hoping for... just that go-kart feeling."
"It's a bit cleaner but today will be more tricky with the studs. If we can manage this speed then it should be okay."
"Let's see - it's a bit more tricky now and we lost some studs towards the end. The feeling is good so we will try to enjoy it."
"I am happy with my driving - it was clearly better than yesterday and it was a clean run. I can't do much more than that."
"I tried to drive fast but the road is completely different. I struggled but we tried to push."
"It's not very good. I feel better than I did yesterday but we definitely need to drive better than that."
"I was quite happy with my driving but still there is some places where I can go better. I don't think we have a good road position because it's loose and slippery, but we caused this situation for ourselves yesterday."
"I expected more icy conditions but it wasn't so bad. Some places were a bit more slippery than yesterday but it's okay."
stalled in the first hairpin
technical issue, retired
"We went slightly off after a bit too optimistic note, then I took it bit steady to make sure everything was still working. Other than that OK"
"We have a technical problem and the engine is cutting all the time - I don't know what it is. I have to keep rebooting it and starting again. We will try to get to service but our rally is done - we've lost too much time."
"It's tricky because the ice is breaking up quite a lot. It's not easy but generally the feeling in the car is quite good."
"I don't really know... for me the stage felt pretty okay but we have lost too much time."
"I don't know - it's a shame because I am doing my best. After the first three corners I was on the limit all the time."
"It's pretty difficult - we have no snow and no line. We had a good rhythm so we will continue to give it everything and see."
"Had to do some adjustments to the car, feels a bit better. Trying to stay focused, and stick to my plan."
"We had small stall on one of the junctions, otherwise okay!"
"Quite okay. There was more grip than I expected."
"Some gearbox issues for us this morning. We will try to fix it for the next stages."
"Good feeling, I'd say this stage was 90% good for us. Made a few mistakes towards the end and lost a bit of time. "
"Ok start. Struggling in the fast parts to get the car turning"
"We had ice in the pacenotes but it was so slippery and the car just ran wide! The rest was okay and in the last part I was a little bit more cautious."
"It's a really nice stage and we had a really good feeling, so I think we need to push a little bit more. There was more grip than I expected."
"I struggled at the start of the stage to get back into the rhythm again, but the second half was much better."
"The tyres started to give up and I lost the confidence in the icy corners. It was going well until that point."
"At the end it was tricky but generally we had quite a good stage."
"Quite okay, I made few mistakes where I lost some time. It will hopefully be better when I get bit more used to the car. Conditions are interesting - really tricky"
"I tried my best. I couldn't really do any better so I need to be pleased with this."
"It was okay - in some places I struggled and braked a bit too early. The grip was still quite changeable."
"I was a little cautious at the end because we have lost some grip already with the tyres. It was a good stage anyway - you can always take more risks but it's not too bad."
"It was okay in this one but I think the other stages will be more tricky. The grip is changing and I struggled with understeer so I couldn't carry the speed into the corners."