Eve of the Battle: Brno Three Questions to: Rickard Rydell As the European Touring Car Championship is about to reach the half-season mark, Rickard Rydell is taking stock of his first races with SEAT Sport. In a late move, the Swedish driver ...
Eve of the Battle: Brno
Three Questions to: Rickard Rydell
As the European Touring Car Championship is about to reach the half-season mark, Rickard Rydell is taking stock of his first races with SEAT Sport. In a late move, the Swedish driver joined the Spanish team just before the beginning of the season, after a ten-year career with Volvo.
Q Despite your long-standing experience in Touring Car racing and in the ETCC, you seemed to have problems finding a good pace on your first outings with the new team. Were you disappointed?
RR: "Not really, I kind of expected this. I signed very late, just at the eve of the Championship's launch in Monza, and then for me it was a matter of learning and getting into the team. I had one test day before the first meeting, and I had my only second test day before Hockenheim. Two test days so far is not a lot. And this has been a problem, because you cannot test nor learn enough during a race weekend."
Q In Hockenheim, for the first time, you showed your potential to fight for the top positions. A second-fastest time in practice, a good recovery in the first race, your first points scored for SEAT. Was it the turning point of your season?
RR: "I hope so! Finally I got to know the team and the car. I was very pleased with my lap times in Hockenheim, although my first race was spoiled by starting from the back of the grid due to an engine change, and I had some problems in the second race because of a brake duct. I knew it was going to be hard, as we have a very hard competition within the team, with Frank (Diefenbacher) and Jordi (Gene). But we all get on very well together. I must say it's a very friendly team, and with them you feel at home straightaway."
Q Then, what are your goals for Brno and for the rest of the season?
RR: "It seems that the car now is a lot more competitive than it was last year, and we are pretty confident we can work to improve it furthermore. I'm sure that here in Brno, and then in Donington, and on some other tracks, we will have very good chances to be on the podium. And this is my goal from this weekend onwards. I really want to be on the podium. And not only once, but I want to do it again and again."