Ott Tänak (5th) said:

“On the first stage this morning [SS1] we lost some aerodynamics from the rear of the car and it took us a while to perfect a set-up that would counteract that. We managed to get it right for the last stage [of the loop, SS3] and the time was much better.

“It was a shame to have lost some time, but I think we’re doing a good job when compared to those with a similar road position to us. Of course Kris [Meeke] and Andreas [Mikkelsen] are going really strongly and using all the advantage they have, but let’s see what we can do this afternoon.

“It won’t be easy, but we need to really push hard and get the best possible road position for tomorrow.”

Sébastien Ogier (8th) said:

“It’s been a bit of an up and down morning for us. The day started pretty well with the first stage [SS1], but we had a paddle shift issue on the next one [SS2] which cost us a couple of seconds. We manged to resolve the problem for the last stage [SS3], but the gravel was so loose in there that we lost a lot of time.

“It’s not been the optimum start, but we expected to have a tough opening day. That last stage in particular was really fast – and fun to drive – but very loose and you could see the times getting better and better with every car.

“That’s the way it is, and we just need to keep pushing this afternoon. Tomorrow will be even worse with the cleaning and if we don’t manage to make up some positions we won’t have the chance to do anything this weekend.

“But, we have nothing to lose, so let’s keep pushing and see what happens.”

Elfyn Evans (10th) said:

“We knew that this rally was going to be a tough one for us so it’s all about getting the experience and getting the notes fully up to date. I didn’t do this event last year, so we need to get through all the stages and get the job done.”