85th
Rallye Monte-Carlo

16 - 22 January 2017

85th Rallye Monte-Carlo: the film
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Publié le 28 January 2017
Sébastien Ogier Force 5!
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Publié le 22 January 2017

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85th Rallye Monte-Carlo: the film
Publié le 28 January 2017
https://youtu.be/KHYCzvE0R1A
Day 4 Highlights
Publié le 22 January 2017
The best pictures of Day 4 of the Rallye Monte-Carlo 2017
FIA Press Conference: reactions
Publié le 22 January 2017
Find the reactions of the first three drivers of the classification and their co-drivers during the post event FIA Press Conference. Sébastien, congratulations on this [...]
Sébastien Ogier Force 5!
Publié le 22 January 2017
Sébastien Ogier, winner of his 5th Monte-Carlo: « To win with MSportLtd at the 1st race after 1 month [...]
SS16 cancelled !
Publié le 22 January 2017
The SS16 is cancelled on safety grounds. Too many spectators in the wrong places.
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Sébastien, congratulations on this win – what a result. How do you feel?

SO: Obviously I feel really great. It was so many new things, but something is not new: we are here as winners of the Monte Carlo Rally – that’s something I never get bored with! We had one of the most difficult challenges, certainly for our generation of drivers, on this rally this year. And when you add on top of that, I joined M-Sport about a month ago and only had a couple of days in the car. When I came here I thought anything could happen – this is Monte, but I was missing some special preparation. To be here is a great surprise and I am very happy for the whole team. Really, I have to say a special congratulations; we could never win if they did not make a good car before we got here. Well done all the guys at M-Sport.

How’s the feeling in the Fiesta?

SO: It’s still a bit early to judge the performance of everyone, it’s very hard to see who’s making the big difference or to see any dominance from anybody. This is a good sign for the championship. I hope at the end of the day we are all there with similar performance, that’s good for the sport, but I also hope we continue in this way [winning]. I love Sweden, it’s a rally I have won a couple of times and I look forward to it. In the past, the Fiesta has always been strong in Sweden and there’s nothing I can see which won’t allow me to be confident for going to Sweden.

How tough were the conditions this morning?

SO: We had quite a good gap this morning and I was somehow confident. But in the first race with the new car everybody has had some tension. In the first stage this morning we discovered Ott had a problem and we were scared it could happen to us. I was really hoping he [Tänak] could make it to the end, he was really deserving to be there. The last stage was difficult, the others were nice and I could enjoy the driving. But the last pass of Turini was tricky – we started with the worst conditions and we knew there was no chance to fight for power stage points, so we decided to bring it home.

And what’s Malcolm like as a new boss?

SO: So far we had quite a great start, I’m sure this helps build any relationship. It’s been strange when we come back to Monte-Carlo to chill with everyone and congratulate people I almost don’t know yet! But I think this is the best way to start working together. I’m sure we’ll have more success together.

Julien, there were lots of changes before this rally. Did you believe you could come here to win?

JI: I was speaking to another journalist before and I said I had not known so many preparations and it’s actually quite contradictory for this rally. Normally you need to have the maximum preparations here in Monte-Carlo. You need to know everything on the car and with the team and for the changes of road conditions. We knew we had a team behind us pushing hard. We knew this could be a rally of the driver with a certain skill and he could make the difference. I wouldn’t have bet we couldn’t win this rally before the start.

This must be one of the toughest challenges of the year for the co-driver?

JI: Maybe you should ask this one to Martin [Järveoja] as he has had a real baptism of fire. I must say congratulations to him, he did a good job: bravo! I’m happy to have a Monte like this, but just once a year. It’s really tough to get the notes from the gravel crew and then give the notes [to the driver] at such high speed as this. As well, there is more information coming in the beginning, middle and end of the corner, it’s really tough. I’m not going to sing or do anything stupid; we’re in a British team now and we need to get smart and get reserved. We are British, especially when we had dinner in Malcolm’s house. Elaine – Mrs Wilson – was on my side and she told me: “We go on our holidays the week following the rally…” Very nicely, she was giving us the order: make my man happy for the holiday. So we won!

Jari-Matti, you must be delighted with your first event and first podium with Toyota?

J-ML: This is a fantastic result. It was Finland last year, that was the last time I was on the podium. The end of last year was very difficult. But this new team brought a lot of motivation for me. I came here with the target of a top six and with no mistakes and a consistent run, but we could see early the car has good potential. Of course, we were a bit lucky, but this is Monte- Carlo and I couldn’t ask for more than second. I am so glad and happy, the boys built this car in Finland – rally cars can be built in Finland!

What are your thoughts on the Yaris, is it better than you expected?

J-ML: Yeah, absolutely. I got more and more comfortable in the car as the rally was going. Most of my testing had been done on dry Tarmac with only one day of winter conditions. Coming like that to this event, I was a little bit concerned. I wasn’t so confident with the car, but over the weekend I built the confidence and I have to say the car was working really well. We had to pull the car from Parc Fermé on Friday, which was a bit exciting. On Wednesday, still things were everywhere and the boys were still assembling my gearbox 30 minutes before shakedown. But it was ready, and I can’t imagine they work so hard and make the car perform like this.

What are your thoughts about Sweden?

J-ML: That’s a great rally. I have tested the car on snow and it feels really good, but I don’t know exactly how it will be on the snow there. The car has a lot of potential, so we go out there and see what will happen. We are all really motivated and looking forward to the next races.

Miikka what about atmosphere in the team?

MA: When we started with the team we felt it was one of the most motivated teams, it has been the same at our previous teams, but when we are a Finnish team as a Finnish crew, for sure it feels good. So far there are the correct people in the correct positions.

Ott you had a few dramas, but you held on to the podium. How does that feel?

OT: It’s nice to be here. Always, everybody knows Monte is tricky, but this it added a bit of extra spice for us. Maybe there was a bit more stress in the last few hours. We were lucky with the tyres, the snow helped us with some very tricky conditions. We were down on power, but it didn’t make much difference. We just had to be a bit more brave coming down the hill.

But you had good pace throughout the weekend…

OT: I was quite surprised about that. Normally I don’t enjoy the changing conditions, but I can say I felt quite comfortable in the car even from shakedown. We have a good base car and quite a bit to improve, but we are going in the right direction. We had consistent speed. From the other side, this was the first rally for Martin and like Seb said, it was one of the trickiest and for sure the trickiest for me. To come out with these new cars, which are quite fast, and have to give so much more information and so much quicker, he did a really great job. He did his job so I was able to concentrate on doing mine.

What was the problem today?

OT: We were missing a cylinder, so we were a bit down on power, but we are not going to let this kind of issue stop us. I was able to do a little bit of help myself. These are small details. We got the points and now we keep working towards Sweden.

Martin, this was a baptism of fire, how are you feeling?

JM: Before shakedown I was a bit nervous. After the first stage there was no time to be nervous, the road section and schedule was so tight…

Did you enjoy it?

MJ: For sure, it was enjoyable to drive fast in those conditions.

Did you think you might not make it to the finish?

MJ: Today, at the start of the first stage, we thought the podium was finished. It was a bit stressful, but we did it.
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            [post_content] => Further to a technical problem in SS 13, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) lose more than half an hour, and Sebastien Ogier (Ford) take the lead of the Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Seb, everything changes so quickly on this rally. Thierry Neuville has stopped and you lead. How do you feel? 

SO: I feel amazing. I feel really good. One month ago we started a new project with M-Sport, but we had no time to prepare it. We knew it would be tough and it would be a big challenge, but I felt immediately some potential and now, to be in the lead in Monte Carlo with four stages to go, it feels good. But the last day will feel very, very long. We need to finish the job. It would be amazing to start with a victory

It’s been five years since M-Sport won pressure 

SO: I don’t think too much about it – at least there is another guy from the team right behind me, so it would be a disaster if one of us isn’t here at the end. We have seen what has happened so far this weekend, there have been so many mistakes and so many tricky conditions and this will carry on tomorrow, with maybe some snow on top of Turini.

This is exciting for you… 

SO: Yeah, for sure. We had a lot of run driving the new car this weekend – the challenge is definitely bigger. I repeat, please stay on the safe place [if you are spectating] – we are going even faster than before. Even if it was a new car and many details could be improved, I still had a lot of fun in the car.

 

Ott Tanak (Ford) take the second place (47’’), while Jari-Matti Latvala the third place (2’20’’).

It is worth mentioning the nice day for Elfyn Evans winner of SS 10,12 and 13.

 
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            [post_content] => Feelings and comments of the 3 drivers in line for the victory in the Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Thierry great start… 

TN: I have to say it’s a pretty good feeling – we weren’t expecting that. Everything is new with a lot of changes with the drivers and the teams. We expected it to be interesting but that interesting, we couldn't imagine. I felt comfortable with the car straight away even in the tricky conditions. Our route note crew did a really good job and we were able to build the lead. Seb made a mistake as well, but it’s been very, very tricky and easy to make a mistake.

Confident you can keep the lead? 

TN: I would not say I am confident, but a bit more comfortable. I feel well in the car to drive and we have had good feedback and everything has worked well so far. I have a 45s lead, which is much, but also not much on this rally especially when tomorrow can be a different tyre choice – that can make a difference tomorrow. It will be a tough fight tomorrow, but let’s see who has upper hand in the evening.

Seb how tough was this morning? 

SO: I feel well to be there on the podium at the moment. It’s been a tough day and the conditions were quite horrible, it was very, very slippery and hard to judge the grip for the whole day. I was not comfortable in the car and I made a silly mistake to lose 40s in the ditch. The day started to have a different feeling, I was not having a good balance, so we decided to wait for the service park. We made some changes, but I cannot say I am fully happy. It’s way too early to feel perfect in the car. I feel better and the time was following and I can trust more the car more as well.

How are you getting on with the team? 

SO: Very well. Like I said before, it’s a great pleasure to join the team – they have all made me feel very welcome. I want to deliver now and make our part of the job. The guys have worked incredibly hard to finish everything on time for Monte Carlo. I’m happy that we are both on the podium, with Ott. We need to keep going like this.

How determined are you to hunt Thierry down? 

SO: So far it’s been more of an elimination race than pure performance race. Thierry has been driving very well with no mistakes on the high speed. For sure the gap of 45 seconds – even if its Monte Carlo – it’s better to have this than be behind. But nothing is impossible especially with the tyre choice. I will focus on myself and try to drive well, get comfortable in the car. At the end of the day I would be happy to be in Monte Carlo with the podium and I don’t want risk it all for victory. Monte is special and especially for all the guys here I want to give my best.

Are you pleased with the day Ott? 

OT: It’s been a really tricky Monte, as everybody has said. I was not expecting to be so high level in the rally. My plan was to have a good rhythm and safe speed, but so far I have been quite comfortable in the car. The handling is quite close to where I like, it’s been nice to far.

What’s the plan tomorrow – will you fight with Seb? 

OT:Obviously I imagine he’s close to home, so maybe he knows some tricks here. The plan is still not to go in the fight. I want to carry on with the speed we have. Seb is really fast this afternoon and I was nowhere close to him – let these two guys fight and let’s see how it goes.
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            [post_content] => The Automobile Club de Monaco regrets to advise further details following incident of the car #4 (Paddon/Kennard) in SS 1.

The spectator was transported by helicopter from the stage to hospital in Nice. Despite the best efforts of the medical staff, the spectator has sadly died.

An investigation has commenced into the incident and all involved parties will provide assistance to the authorities.

Everyone associated with the event extends their deepest sympathies and condolences to the families, friends and individuals affected.
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            [post_content] => CHRISTIAN TORNATORE / RACE DIRECTOR : ‘‘SS 1 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.’’ 

‘‘SS 1 has been cancelled due to the crash of Paddon and Kennard. The crew is unharmed. A spectator passed out. The emergency services have been called to rescue him. SS2 is maintained as expected at 11.07 p.m.’’

Further information to follow…
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            [post_content] => Quickest in shakedown, how was the Fiesta Seb? 

SO: It’s very hard to judge right now. I’ve had so little time in the car, but this is a good start today. We cannot make any conclusions from this shakedown its very evolving conditions. There’s some saving tyres for the rally as well as some different tyre choices. I feel not complete ready, with only two days testing, but I am ready to make the best. The rally is going to be difficult, it’s very slippery with a lot of tricky conditions. A lot can happen. But the tyre choice looks predictable, now we have stay on the road

Is it going to be the trickiest Monte ever? 

SO: The Monte is most of the time tricky, but this will be one of the trickiest; I am used to it. Tyre choice is pretty clear. In some places we will have full ice and snow and on some there is tarmac. The tyre choice is somehow easier.

So you won’t need a call from your dad? 

SO: No hopefully I don’t need a call from him to tell me I’m wrong!
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The 85th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo will be the stage of the very first race of the 2017 World Rally Championship’s cars. The rally will enjoy this year an exhaustive TV coverage again. La Chaîne L’Équipe will present on Thursday 19th January from 11.30 am all the issues of the Monegasque round. Red Bull TV and Motors TV will offer the highlights of each stage and a major retrospective of the rally on Sunday 22th January. Finally, La Chaîne L’Équipe will broadcast in live the SS1, SS12 and SS17.

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The Automobile Club de Monaco informs that the entries are now open for competitors wishing to participate to the 85th edition of the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2017 (16 to 22 January).

The final closing date of entries is Friday, December 16, 2016.

To download the Supplementary Regulations, click here.

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A curtain-raiser tailored to match the stakes of the 2017 FIA WRC !

The 85th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, Round 1 of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, promises to be an outstanding event as world class carmakers Citroën and Toyota return to the series to compete alongside Ford and Hyundai in WRC. To celebrate the occasion, the organising committee of the Automobile Club de Monaco has concocted a particularly inspiring route, more than 85 percent of which will be new compared with the 2016 event. 

Following two-and-a-half-days of recce from 8am on Monday, January 16, 2017, to 2pm on Wednesday, January 18, crews will get a chance to make last-minute adjustments to their respective cars on the shakedown which kicks off at 4pm. The 3.35km test will use the same portion of road as last January, while Gap will host the event’s service park – alongside the town’s swimming complex – for the fourth year running. 

The 85th running of the sport’s longest-standing fixture will start officially at 6:15pm on Thursday, January 19, in Monte Carlo’s celebrated Casino Square. That will be followed by two challenging night-time stages, namely Entrevaux-Val de Chalvagne-Ubraye (SS1, 21.25km) and Bayons-Bréziers (SS2, 25.49km) in France’s Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region. 

The competition on Day 2 – the longest of the rally – on Friday, January 20, will take crews north of Gap for 160km of against-the-clock driving with two attempts at a lengthy, yet compact suite of three stages in France’s Hautes-Alpes and Isère administrative regions. The three stages are Agnières en Dévoluy-Le Motty (SS3/6, 24.63km), Aspres lès Corps-Chaillol (SS4/7, 38.94km) and Saint Léger les Mélèzes-Ancelle-La Bâtie Neuve (SS5/8, 16.83km). 

Survivors face an equally gruelling third day on Saturday, January 21, which will feature a new-look loop comprising Lardier et Valença-Oze (SS9/11, 31.17km) and La Bâtie Monsaleon-Faye (SS10/12, 16.78km), both to be contested twice each. After the week’s second visit to Bayons-Bréziers for SS13 (25.49km), crews will service in Gap for the final time before driving to the Principality of Monaco where the first cars are due to arrive early evening. 

The opening round of the season will conclude with Day 4 on Sunday, January 22, when four more stages totalling 53,72 km are scheduled – with no opportunity to service – in the Alps that tower over the French Riviera. Competitors have to run twice Luceram-Col Saint Roch (SS14/16, 5.50km) and La Bollène Vésubie-Peira Cava (SS15/17, 21.36km) – the version of the famous Col de Turini used in 2016. This one will be the Power Stage. 

The traditional prize-giving ceremony will start at 3pm in front of Monaco’s Palais Princier.