Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC): “Very difficult, very slippery for us and fast. But no surprises there. Our setting is fine”.
Car #9 A. Mikkelsen / A. Yaener Syinnevaag (Volkswagen Polo R WRC)“It was a nice stage. Really fast. A proper wake up call. There is a little grip in there even in the tarmac section. I was surprised by this. Let’s hope to continue like this”.
Car #5 M. Ostberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC): “Very slippery and fast this first one, but I was expecting it”.
Car #3 H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai New Generation I20 WRC): “Obviously quite slippery. I struggled for rhythm. Not the tidiest stage”.
Car #4 D. Sordo / M. Marti (Hyundai New Generation I20 WRC): “No issues. Very difficult narrow and fast. The time is not so good”.
Car #2 J.-M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC): “It was a good start, maybe a bit too aggressive in the first couple of corners but I have to be happy with this stage. In the long stages you cannot be too aggressive”.
Car #12 O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC): “There was a stupid edge we missed in recce at the hairpin. We had a spin and reversed, it cost us some time, well for the podium is still a long rally”.
Car #20 T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai New Generation I20 WRC): “With the softs at the rear and hards at the front the rear was moving a lot. I was lacking of confidence. I decided to take it carefully”.
Car #6 E. Camilli / B. Veillas (Ford Fiesta RS WRC): “I did not drive very well. The stage is very narrow and very fast…I am confident!”.
Car #21 M. Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC): (unusually very quiet) “It was OK. No issues [but not very happy, shaking his head]”.
Car #16 H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC): “I drove with four hard tyres but I’ve pushed very hard on this one ”.[there is a strong smell of brakes]
Car #37 L. Bertelli / S. Scattolin (Ford Fiesta RS WRC): “Very tricky and narrow stage. Very fast. Time is OK, not so bad. It is a great rally, great to be in the home rally. We are on soft tyres, our setup is ok. Will try and do my best”.