Thierry Neuville used some of his free time between the rallies in Portugal and Italy to go to the Formula 1 Monaco Grand prix. He was not the only rally driver there – Andreas Mikkelsen was also at the Red Bull Energy Station, Craig Breen appeared as well. They had a really good time before returning to their preparation for the next WRC round.
During the weekend in Monaco Neuville went also to McLaren where he met his compatriot Stoffel Vandoorne. They grew up almost together, in 2010 were teammates in the RACB National Team. Nowadays Thierry and Stoffel shared the last six Belgian Driver of the Year titles and are at the peaks of their respective discipline. From a few months back they even became neighbors in the Principality – both live in Saint Roman.
“We live one behind the other, ten minutes from the paddock”, both drivers explained.
“Five with the taxi boat”, Thierry specified.
Thierry Neuville used some of his free time between the rallies in Portugal and Italy to go to the Formula 1 Monaco Grand prix
Neuville had two consecutive victories in WRC (in Tour de Corse and Argentina) but had to settle for second in the latest event in Portugal. He was still pleased with the performance after a challenging weekend. That was his fourth podium in a row this season. Second in the Power Stage continues his streak of PS points this season.
“We had a good, clean Power Stage to end our rally in a positive manner”, Thierry Neuville commented later. “We struggled a bit with the rear of the car during the weekend, which has prevented us from challenging [Sebastien] Ogier and M-Sport for the win more strongly. They delivered a great performance, which we couldn’t match.”
“Still, after two wins I am pleased with second as well as taking another good haul of Power Stage points. That has been very important for my position in the Drivers’ Championship, moving now into second place behind Ogier. Also, from a team point of view, with Dani [Sordo] in third, we have added more points to the team’s standings, so it’s been a valuable and successful weekend.”
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