“The pressure was pretty big at the beginning. In this regard, too, I didn’t know if I was good enough. You don’t know because you’ve never been there, so you have to prove to yourself that you’re worth the job, too.
“At that time, before we went to Škoda, Harri was quite heavily involved in Kalle’s career because he had to record all the races he drove. He was there all the time as a mechanic, as a father and did a brilliant job. I think he did the best that anyone could.
“But when we went to Škoda it was a real transition from being a driver to go with your father and giving Kalle the chance to grow up as an independent person, as an adult. So we started it together.
“But sure, for the first two years, the first events and the first six months, everyone was looking at Kalle and looking like, OK, he’s going to be a good guy. And they look at me too, let’s see if I make some mistakes, everyone will point the finger, that OK, he made that mistake. So I tried to be as good as possible.”
These errors did not come. A little over five years after their first event together at the South Estonia Rally, the pair clinched the biggest prize in rallying together. How did they get together so well?