Nasser Al-Attiyah vs. Carlos Sainz... Carlos Sainz vs. Nasser Al-Attiyah. Undoubtedly, it is one of the great rivalries of the last decade of the rally Dakar Rally. It is a duel that is not only settled on the roads of the toughest race in the world, no matter where it is run, but also with strident statements from one to the other.
On the day I rest in Riyadh The one who opened fire was Al-Attiyah, the loose leader of the car test. “Last year we ran four races for the FIA Cross Country Cup and we won them… You cannot prepare a Dakar sitting at home… You cannot not run any race from one Dakar to another”, Nasser said during a talk with a small group of media including autoworld.
With that phrase, the pilot of the Toyota GAZOO Racing He aimed directly against the Matador, who in the last year only had activity in the Extreme E, an all-terrain electric category that has little to do with the Dakar; in addition to participating in the development tests of the Electric audi.
"This is not the first time he has done it", He said about Sainz's complaints towards the organization for what happened in the first stage when a navigation error caused him to lose two hours that left him out of competition.
“I think I should respect the organizers, who do a lot for us to be here; and also the rest of the competitors… We are in this position because we are the best, because we prepare to be, we do many races to have a good performance. In addition, Mattieu (Baumel, his co-pilot) is the best cross country navigator in the world ”, He added.
Al-Attiyah also expressed his satisfaction for the equality that the regulation has today between 4 × 4 and 4 × 2. “It is something that was needed… there was a lot of inequality. Now everything is more balanced. In addition, the T1 + is easier and more fun to handle ", Assured.
Regarding the race, Al-Attiyah said that the difference of more than three quarters of an hour on his escorts does not relax him in the face of what is coming:“The Dakar is the Dakar and every day it can bring you a surprise. You can never relax on the Dakar ”.