46. Rally Islas Canarias 2022
ERC #3 • ERC Open #3 • ERC3 #3 • RGT Cup #2 • ERC4 #3 • ERC4 Junior #1 • Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT #2 • Canary Islands #2 [coef 1,2] • Suzuki Swift Cup (E) #2
12. 5. – 14. 5. 2022, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria • C.D. Todo Sport • asphalt 194.04 km • total distance including road sections - 640.69 km • Other years
"That's not so bad! I tried to push very hard on this one. It's enough to be on the podium so that's not a bad result."
"It was amazing to be here. I have to say thanks to everybody, all my sponsors and the team as well. This victory is absolutely for them, without them we couldn't achieve this. We were struggling a lot with the car. We didn't have the time or money to make a test, so during the rally we were changing and improving things. I want to go to Poland. Let's see we if we can find the support to do it."
"For sure, it was an amazing rally for us. We are doing a really good job and I am really proud of MRF Tyres. We did the first stage win on Tarmac for MRF in history so I think our job is amazing."
"I need to go to the church! I will now only think about improving and the good times. It's a machine - it can fail."
"This rally is beautiful. I really wanted to make a good result here. Yesterday we tried to win but we had a slide into the rail. I think we made a good comeback."
"I am really happy for myself and the sponsors. It's very difficult to be here this year and it's been a great rally."
"I am very happy to be at the finish of this rally. For me it was an incredible opportunity because these roads are amazing and the grip is out of this world. I am on the right road but I need a lot of work, so for the next rally I think a lot of improvement is needed."
"It's a good feeling. It was a very difficult rally for us but we are really happy to finish and to get to know the tyres again. On this rally we learnt many things about the tarmac tyres and I hope on the next tarmac rally will be more successful for us."
"We felt good. It was a good show for the people! A tough rally, but we are happy to be at the end. We learnt a lot and this will help us a lot for the next rally on tarmac."
"Not the result we want, but we showed again good pace. Thanks to the team, they did a great job preparing a perfect car. Now fingers crossed for my little brother - he's driving in Belgium today."
"A very difficult stage for the tyres. It's really long and really hot, but let's see what happens."
"It's okay. We tried our best, but in the middle of the stage I made some mistakes and lost the line. We are happy with the performance and there are still two stages to go."
"We will continue like this. I am like in a sauna in my car. Maybe for a Swedish guy it's okay but for me I am from the Alps and it's not like this in the mountains."
"We are still feeling confident. We are pushing but we are taking care in some places. I think it's good - we have made a good time and it's okay."
"The afternoon is quite hot! Everything is okay. It was a clean loop from us, but this stage is not my favourite. We are here and we are really happy."
"The car is okay... it's all okay."
"The engine has no power... only at maximum RPM. The rally is finished for us."
"It's a good stage. In some parts it's cloudy, but the vision is okay. Two stages to the finish and it's okay."
"We managed to do a clean stage for our pace, so I am happy with that. I hope this will continue."
"It's a bit better because it's the second pass, but it's not easy to start the rally and see that the pace is not with us and to remain focused. We are trying to do it and the feeling is starting to be a bit better."
"This morning was quite awful to drive, but our rhythm is coming back slowly. It's good and we are having fun in the car."
"I think we can get full points in the Power Stage. We improved the car a lot after the first stage of today and I found what I needed, so it's working much better. We just need to be confident in the next stages."
"Can I win? I don't think so. The gap is similar to the Azores but it's very tough. We are doing our job for sure and we are happy with that."
"This one was new, so maybe that's why it's a bit better. There is a lot of long corners and it's not easy to drive."
"Nothing special... I have to go sorry."
"Very good. I think we may lose a few seconds in the last part because I slid the rear, but it's been a nice day for us."
"Very nice. It was a difficult loop for the tyres and it's difficult to manage the car. It's okay, this rally is amazing and there is only one loop to go."
"We feel good. This is a beautiful day on a beautiful rally. We are enjoying but we are not fully happy because I am not really confident in the car. I don't know why, but it's not easy for me to push."
"The feeling was okay and we had quite a clean run. We are here and we are really happy. Fortunately the stage was not so long and the tyres are working well."
"It's okay. A nice morning. This stage is more difficult than I thought, but it's fine. We took no risks and we want to finish now."
"I need to work on the pace notes and my driving style. I have a lot to do in service, so I hope everything works out."
"Fine. The stages are very difficult because it's very slippery at the front and it doesn't turn the car. It's very difficult to drive in these conditions but we will keep fighting."
"We tried to push now. I have no times, but we did a good stage. We tried to push but in some places we lost a little bit of time."
"I had an alarm, so I need to check what the problem is for the next one. The stage was okay - I tried to do some things with the set-up and the tyres, but it was not perfect. I need to focus on the next one."
"I don't know. I was trying to keep the tyres at the correct temperature, but it's a very long stage. I don't know what will happen but we will keep trying different things on the car and see what happens."
"A good stage - very constant grip. Now we will change the tyres from rear to front and change our mindset because this stage is more fast."
"We have confidence, but this is a very difficult stage. It's very difficult for the tyres and we have to manage them."
"I haven't done such a long stage in a few years! My tyres were a little bit hot and they didn't work, but I tried a good line."
"It's quite hot, so unfortunately our tyres started to overheat. I had to drive a bit more carefully, but we are here."
"I will try. We don't have a specific target, we just have to go and see what's going on in front of us."
"We did some modifications and the car is a bit better, but we need to work more I think."
"There is a lot of oil in the pedal section, so it was quite slippery to brake and accelerate. Now I think we are going to have a look what's wrong."
"It's a good stage. The tyres and brakes were at their limit at the end, but it's no problem. The car is perfect."
"A proper one to start the morning. We were saving the tyres too much and I had the feeling in the last kilometres that we could push a bit more. We're getting the confidence back, so let's see."
"I am happy that we are at the end of the day, but I am not so happy about my performances. We will try tomorrow to be a bit faster."
"For me, I wish I could go and drive the stage one more time! This stage is unbelievable. I tried to push and if we have the opportunity to go one more time in the future I will be faster!"
"Happy with the afternoon, but we still are not comfortable with the car. When we have the correct temperature in the tyres it's working well, but we need to work on the driving style a bit and improve the car."
"My brake pedal is too hot! I couldn't push the pedal with my foot because it's too hot! No, I'm joking! Today is my birthday and when I see Monzón's times, I think my future is quite good! He is so fast, but tomorrow is long so we will see."
"I feel the pressure, but I am rallying on my home stages with my fans and that helps. I am very happy with my drive and I am having fun, so it's okay. I hope for more of the same tomorrow."
"It's good. We are still in the fight for the podium and I think MRF did a really good job and the new tyre is working well. We are just a little bit off the pace of the first cars, but we are happy with our performance."
"We really enjoyed these stages. Unfortunately we couldn't drive here on the last loop but our pace notes were okay."
"I really don't know. In a straight line under braking for a sharp corner, it was sliding like on ice. It was a bit unpredictable, but I really don't know because until that moment the grip was okay. I felt the car lock and I touched the railing with the front."
"It was a hard one, but it's a really nice stage. I enjoyed driving here, but we need to trust a bit more in the car and try to push a bit more."
"A bit better for sure. It's the first time for us on this stage, but we have a better feeling with the car. We still need to change a few things but we didn't have time on the last road section, so we will do it now."
"It's very difficult - this is the first time we could do the whole stage. I am happy that I'm here now."
"Honestly there is a really good feeling here. Now it's very hot, so I think it will be a slow time, but I am happy with it."
"It's warm and very uncomfortable to drive, but this is the same for all the drivers."
"It was not so bad on this one. The time is not good, but my feeling is not bad. This is a very beautiful stage, so we are happy to be here. If we can fight for the podium it would be good, but we have to wait until tomorrow night."
"Everything is okay. We changed the car a little bit and our speed was quite okay. We'll keep it like this."
"We made some changes in the car and now it's working perfect. I am very happy with everything, it's amazing for me."
"It's better. We managed to write better pace notes and I am improving my pace, so I'm not concerned about anybody else."
"It's a long rally, but sometimes you need satisfaction! I pushed so hard."
"My time is not as good as I expected. We changed some things with the set-up and also the tyres, but I enjoyed the stage. There's still a long way to go."
"Very happy. I understand the pace notes and the car and step by step I am improving."
"It's good. The feeling is much better and we are using the front much less and it's better to keep the temperature consistent. We are still missing something."
"It was better. We put new tyres on from Pirelli and it's working much better. It's more precise and I didn't have so much understeer."
"It's difficult. In this temperature the engine is not working like this morning, but it's okay. We'll keep pushing."
"I have a problem with the gearbox and I lost a bit of time but not much. It's okay, I must continue until the end. When I push for fourth gear the resistance is very strong and there is a noise."
"On this one we are not very good. We have a lot of understeer and it's not easy to drive. I don't really know why because the temperature is a lot warmer than this morning."
Hit a barrier
"Very difficult for the tyres - too much temperature. We are learning about the car, so let's improve for the next loop."
"We had some problem in our pace notes and we discussed it. Everything is OK - the car set-up is working absolutely perfect and the tyres as well."
"I don't feel bad, but I could feel better I think. There was nothing strange, but I would like to be a bit faster."
"I want to fight for the win if I can! It's okay. We have to go 'full-turbo' according to my boss Vivek!"
"I am feeling good. I am quite struggling to find the pace because Tarmac is not my favourite surface. I am trying to understand things, but I am not driving in a clean way. I have to improve a lot."
"Very difficult. I tried to save the tyres on the first few kilometres. I am really happy that we finished - it's an unbelievable stage. I am smiling all the time."
"Absolute disaster. I can't carry the speed anywhere. I am using the tyres too much and I am overheating them - it's my fault. No speed for us."
"Very difficult. There are a lot of corners and I braked a lot! It's rally - I need to improve the pace notes a lot for this stage, but it's okay."
"It's very difficult and the tarmac is very hot. For the driver it's very complicated, but I know the route very well. The time is very good, but it's difficult in these temperatures."
"Quite difficult for sure. Luis knows the stage very well. It was a hard and long stage for us, but we will keep improving and focus on the rest of the rally."
"It was not perfect. I did some mistakes, especially at the beginning. On the fast sections my pace notes are not really perfect, but I tried to adjust it to be better on the second pass."
Accident - blocked the road
"At the beginning I had some problems with the pop-off [valve], so I had to change my driving style to not try and open the pop-off. I don't know the times, but we weren't fast here."
"A very beautiful stage. Not easy to find the good grip because there are fast sections and some very slow sections."
Power steering issue
"It's quite a slippery stage, mostly in the middle part. That's where we lost the time I think. We will try to keep focussed for the next stages."
"Everything was okay. We may change the car a little bit for the next loop but it was a good warm-up for us."
"We are trying to get the pace, but it's difficult with a new car. This stage was okay but I don't know about the time to the other drivers. It's a long day."
"The grip was a bit lower than yesterday, but I think it's the same for everybody. In some places you can still see a bit of dust on the surface where you slide over it."
"I was precise but too slow! I have to adjust my pace, but overall for a first stage on Tarmac I am not complaining."
"It was okay. There was a bump on the stage and from that moment the car didn't want to shift. We will check now in the road section."
"I am flat-out in every corner, but of course I am in the middle of the classification because the guys are pushing a lot! I tried."
"We need to try to be more clean with the tyres. These stages are demanding a lot, so we will see what happens on the last stage. Right now we have a bit of understeering so we need to make some changes to the car."
"I didn't expect it to be so slippery, but for half of the stage I had no grip! I had so much understeer but I tried to manage my drive. I hope it will be better on the next stage."
"A proper stage to start the morning. We will see - we're going to keep calm with no pressure. We're driving our own rally and that's it."
"The feeling is good. We are trying to do our best and it's a good way to start. The people behind will be fast also, but we are happy."
"It was very, very slippery. I don't know why because it's completely dry, but I didn't expect it."
"This stage was good. We had a bit of a problem with it being slippery and under braking, but I think it's the same for all the drivers."
"It's very special for me and for the team. I hope it's a good rally for us. Today we started with a fun stage and tomorrow it's the real rally."
"We are on cold, hard tyres, so that's why we are sliding a lot! It's still very fun for me."
"It's incredible - there are so many people here. I am very nervous because I want to do well, but it's very slippery because the tyres are cold. Everything is OK at the end."
"I like this rally and I have the budget to start my season here. We don't go on holiday, we go to Gran Canaria to do the rally! I hope that we can finish here."
"It's very nice to be here. This stage is very tricky and the tyres are very cold. Let's see tomorrow - it's a very long day."
"This one was very long for a first stage! I am completely tired now. It's an exciting special stage - I'm not the best at this kind of stage, but it's a fun one."
"It's a fantastic feeling. My friends have followed us to this rally and I hope we will be able to make a big celebration at the end of the rally."
"I will try to do it! Let's see. 1km doesn't matter for the rally, but on this kind of stage you can make some mistakes. It wasn't as easy as you'd expect because the tyres were incredibly cold for everybody and you don't know where to brake in the first braking zone. It's okay."
"There are a lot of people and it's very nice. No problems, no mistakes and we are here for tomorrow."
"This stage I don't think is so important for the rally, but it's okay to do stages like this. For sure, the real rally starts tomorrow and it will be a really, really difficult one."
"It's a different story. We will give our best, but there is no pressure at all. Our goal is to finish in the top-five only."
"I think the stages are beautiful. Quite tricky, but I will try my best. I had fun in this one."
"We enjoyed it a lot. It's fun to start with a stage like this to relax. We will see tomorrow, but we really want to push and enjoy the rally."
"For sure, it's our home event. We will try our best but we know it will be difficult. We need to be focussed and clever to do the best rally possible."