Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): We knew it [being first on the road] wouldn’t be easy but that doesn’t make it easy to accept. We lost a lot of time even if I hoped to lose less. Maybe on the first one I wasn’t willing to take all the big risks, then I pushed as much as possible, also taking some risks, but still… The tyres look ok because I have so little grip.This afternoon I hope it is going to be better. We have to push if we want to get some good points.
Car #2 / O. Tanak / M.Jarveoia (Ford Fiesta WRC): It didn’t look so nice after the first two stages. Very slippery, I thought there was a better grip but in the next two we were more competitive. I pushed a bit more. Maybe I was too cautious earlier.
Car #4 / H. Paddon / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): Great morning apart from the exhaust problem is ok we have a plan and we stick to it. It feels strange to be leading without winning a stage but that just shows how important consistency is here. We’ve just kept it clean, driving in the middle of the road. Today is not the day for pushing. We’ve come undone on Fridays too many times this year.
Car #5 / T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): Very good morning. I pushed hard taking many risks. We tried to make a gap with Ogier and we were able to do it. One mistake where I missed a gate [4-5 seconds lost] but overall a good morning. This afternoon it is important to push, we are less than 20 seconds off the lead. A podium position tonight would be good.
Car #6 / D. Sordo / M. Marti (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): [They had to stop before regoup with turbo issues, then they rejoined but they are paying 40” penalty]
Car #7 / K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroen C3 WRC): It [the roll] happened just two or three kilometres into the stage. I was in fourth gear. The road was rough, I touched the right-rear on a bank and it just spat us over onto the roof. Simple as that. Up to that point everything felt good. I was settled, it felt okay, I wasn’t trying to do anything silly. But yes, that’s the way it is, not good enough. We’ll see if we can get it back out, we have no mechanical problem, the damage is what you see.
Car #9 / A. Mikkelsen / A. Jaeger-Synnevaag (Citroen C3 WRC): The car is so much different from Polo and you need to drive differently. I am trying to do my best.
Car #10 / J.M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC): It was a good run maybe too carefull at the beginning so we lost some time but then I pusherd hard. It is important to be confident in these stages.
Car #11 / J. Hanninen / K. Lindstrom (Toyota Yaris WRC): It has been a good morning, really enjoiable. The car worked very well, especially on the first two stages. We need to stay carefull.
Car #12 E. Lappi / J. Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC): Overall good, a part from the problem with the second gear, while in the last stage, which was faster, I could go faster without problems and the time came.
Car #14 M. Ostberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta Rs WRC): I am trying to do my best and to take advantage of my good starting position. Now we try to repeat us in the second loop.
Car #32 O.C. Veiby / S.R. Skjaermoen (Skoda Fabia R5): Everything is going as planned, we are going really well. We are all there fighting and I am not surprised about Andolfi’s performance. I know him since WRC3 times.
Car #34 J. Kopecky / P. Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5): Everything’s fine, this my first rally on gravel this year. I am not pushing at my maximum, I am trying to get a good feeling and a good rythm
Car #40 F. Andolfi / M. Fenoli (Hyundai i20 R5): We were very carefull on SS4 Tula. Then, good times came out thanks to the fact that the car is mor drivable and faster. We will try to keep going like this in the second loop, I am really satisfied”.
Car #36 P.L. Loubet / V. Landais (Ford Fiesta R5): “I had problems with power steering losing some seconds, all the rest is fine”.
Car #81 E. Camilli / B. Veillas (Ford Fiesta R5): “I am leading among R5’s. Everything is going as planned, I drove well, I have to say that I really like this race”.