Dakar: Carlos Sainz - Volkswagen Motorsport interview

Three questions to Volkswagen factory driver Carlos Sainz This is your second appearance at the Dakar Rally and after winning two stages you are leading. How do you feel? "The rally has run very well for us until now. We are delighted to have...

Three questions to Volkswagen factory driver Carlos Sainz

This is your second appearance at the Dakar Rally and after winning two stages you are leading. How do you feel?

"The rally has run very well for us until now. We are delighted to have won a second stage, but the really difficult stages are still to come."

Have you been able to benefit from the experience you gained last year?

"Absolutely, I feel much more familiar with cross country rallying now. However, I must confess that the harder stage surfaces we encountered in Portugal and Morocco are easier for me, which is why I'm even more intrigued about the sand looming up over the next few days."

How big is the difference between the 2006 Volkswagen Race Touareg and your new car?

"A great many improvements were made to the Race Touareg 2 last year. In my opinion the 2007 Race Touareg 2 is a completely different animal. I'm very satisfied."

-credit: vw motorsport

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Series Dakar
Drivers Carlos Sainz
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport