Ott Tänak (1st) said:

“So far it’s been a very tricky rally with very unpredictable conditions, but I had a good feeling with the car and a good clean run. It’s never over until it’s over so we just have to continue as we are. So far we’ve not been pushing too hard and we need to keep it like that.”

Sébastien Ogier (3rd) said:

“It’s been a good morning for us. I’ve maybe been a bit cautious and I’m not taking many risks, but of course I’ll try not to be too slow and to keep some pressure on the guys ahead.”

Elfyn Evans (4th) said:

“On the long Panzerplatter stage [SS10] we had some distractions inside the car and then I spun at the start of the next one [SS11] which was a bit frustrating as it felt quite good after that. Then on the last one [SS12] the grip just wasn’t as good as I had expected. There’s still a long way to go so we’ll keep at it and see what happens.”