ETCC: Estoril: New drivers preview

Yvan MULLER "Two weeks ago SEAT Sport called and asked me to race. I was quite pleased, however, as a newcomer to the Championship in one of the last three meetings of the season, I will be carrying 40 kg of ballast on board. So, my target is to...

Yvan MULLER

"Two weeks ago SEAT Sport called and asked me to race. I was quite pleased, however, as a newcomer to the Championship in one of the last three meetings of the season, I will be carrying 40 kg of ballast on board. So, my target is to beat James (Thompson), who will be carrying the same weight. Seriously, my commitment is to evaluate the car, giving my experience with the front-wheel drive to SEAT Sport, which could help them in developing the Toledo Cupra for the future.

And speaking about my own future, I am looking at different opportunities for next year, including the ETCC, Vauxhall and other teams in the BTCC, or even the V8 in Australia. I haven't decided at all what I want to do, but I' ll do very soon"

James THOMPSON

"This weekend is not about me, it is about Gabriele (Tarquini), who was my team-mate in 1997. I came here already 2001, running for Honda, with the same purpose: to help him to win the Championship. It did not work then, but this time I hope to finish behind Gabriele and ahead of the other cars. This is the first time I will be driving an Alfa Romeo. Alfa symbolises motorsport, so I am delighted to have been asked to race here for them, and to have a good chance to be at the front of the field. Of course, I will have ballast, but I am used to it.

For next year, I think it is great that the ETCC cars will be eligible to race in the BTCC. It will add to the racing. For example, in the British GP support event, a combined grid would be great. It would be lovely to race in Britain against some of the top names here."

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