Team Talk - Luis Moya at Subaru The Tour de Corse marks Luis Moya's second event as Sporting Director for the 555 Subaru World Rally Team. In his new role, Moya's main areas of responsibility are driver management, event strategy and managing ...
Team Talk - Luis Moya at Subaru
The Tour de Corse marks Luis Moya's second event as Sporting Director for the 555 Subaru World Rally Team. In his new role, Moya's main areas of responsibility are driver management, event strategy and managing the teams relationship with FIA - quite a change from his previous career as a double World Championship winning co-driver alongside Carlos Sainz.
Q: How are you finding the new job?
LM: It's very, very exciting. I can honestly say I'm enjoying it as much as I did when I was co-driving. There's a very good atmosphere here at Subaru, the team members are very positive and there was no loss of motivation or commitment after Sanremo. Everyone is pushing hard, we all know there's a chance for Petter to win this season and the whole team is right behind him.
Q: Will any elements of your co-driving background help your management career?
LM: Yes absolutely. I have 15 years experience of the WRC and I think drivers and co-drivers have the best experience of what actually happens out on the stages. That goes for the routes, the road surface as well as the regulations and structure of each event. Also I have worked for many other top teams like Ford, Lancia and Toyota and in those environments you can see some ways of management that work well and others that are not quite so good. I'm hoping to bring some of the more successful aspects I have seen to the team.
Q: What do you think of the way that Tommi and Petter work together?
LM: The pair of them have a very good relationship, there's a lot of cooperation and you only have to look at what happened on Thursday to see that. Without being asked, Tommi's immediate reaction to the news that Petter had damaged his car was to offer his own. They're both determined drivers, but I think that reaction from Tommi says a lot.
Q: How does Subaru compare to some of the other WRC teams you've worked with?
LM: You know it's still very early for me, and at this level all teams in the WRC these days have to be very professional, but I've been particularly impressed with the amount of planning at Subaru. There's a good relationship with the manufacturer in Japan, and a long-term approach, which means the team is able to make detailed plans on everything a long way in advance and prepare properly. The other thing that stands out is the relationship with Pirelli. It's a unique arrangement, we're the only team to be working with then in the WRC and over the whole season I think that will give us some real advantages.
Q: You decided to end your co-driving career at the end of the 2002 season. Did you expect to be back in the WRC again so soon?
LM: No. I really thought that was it. I was enjoying my new life at home, playing sport, and generally having a good time, but the offer came through and I just couldn't refuse.
Q: After the excitement here in Corsica today, are you tempted to get back into the co-drivers seat again?
LM: Well I never say never, but I'd say there's a 99 per cent chance that I'll never sit in a rally car ever again. I don't miss it at all, as far as I'm concerned that part of my career has finished and I've moved on to other things. Believe it or not, in service today it's been very exciting to be looking at a computer screen instead!