Tanak: I am not close to what I should deliver in terms of stage times

Ott Tanak reveals that last weekend was very difficult for him and admits that he is not close to the stage times that he should deliver, but is being confident that he will find the extra speed he needs.

The Estonian driver dropped from second to seventh overall after Stage 2 as he had a puncture alarm while he stated two stages later that he was struggling with the behavior of his Puma. His problems continued on Friday afternoon when he lost the water pump in the beginning of SS7, but it came back in some bumps. However, he completed that stage with having no water pressure and no power in the engine, but he managed to finish his day and to return back to service park where his mechanics fixed his car for the next day. On Saturday morning, he was forced to retire on the road section before Stage 10 due to an electrical issue as his Puma stalled after going through a water splash in SS8 and drove in EV mode throughout that stage.. Finally, Tanak restarted on Sunday under the regulations of Rally2 and set the fastest time on the first two stages of the day while he experimented with the settings for Safari Rally Kenya which will be held later this month. After the sixth WRC round, he dropped from second to third overall on the championship standings and scored only four points in Sardinia which came from his second fastest time in Powerstage.

"It’s true to say it has been a hard weekend", Tanak said. 

"It’s not been great, the weather made it tricky and I think a lack of performance from me also. 

"I struggled to find the speed. 

"The stage times aren’t what I should be delivering, at the moment I’m not close to what I should deliver. 

"There is something lacking a bit. 

"Hopefully with time we will find that extra speed".

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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