The record holder for Dakar triumphs has reached the rest day as leader of the general standings, with a lead over Nasser Al-Attiyah that he deems too small to feel comfortable.
“If we take stock after one week, then, yes, it’s been a good week, a really good week, because we didn’t make many mistakes. We saw that the car is displaying really good performance. If I need to mention a negative point, it would be two things: yesterday when we got lost, we were just turning round and round and the feeling was really bad because we thought we had lost five, ten or fifteen minutes and it’s not a good feeling.
Also the prologue, the first really small stage – I was really too safe and after that I said to myself, ‘shit, I’m too old for this fight, my speed is not good’, so those were the negative points. The positive point is the new team with Edouard. This is the first time we’ve done a race together like the Dakar and also for him, he has never done the Dakar as a co-pilot. He’s done a really good job and I have a really good feeling with him, so it’s really nice”.
By: Official Dakar website