Drivers’ Quoteboard 2018

/Drivers’ Quoteboard 2018
Drivers’ Quoteboard 20182018-11-16T08:16:49+00:00

2018 Rally Australia Quotes From The Drivers

Jourdan Serderidis

Co: Lara Vanneste

SS19

““Very very difficult. On braking it is a nightmare. In some parts in the middle it is very tricky – if you go faster than me you will go off the road.””

SS22

““We hit water on the cut and had a spin – a very very difficult stage. Much worse than this morning.””

SS24

““A top-ten is more than a dream for me. It is fantastic. It has been a very difficult week for me but we achieved a result.””

Craig Breen

Co: Scott Martin

SS19

““Some really slippery stuff. Where the road is red it is really slippery. Other than that the grip was okay – we are not driving too hard today. We got through it anyway.””

SS20

““Disaster of a stage – spun twice in places I thought I was safe. That stage was really super tricky.””

SS21

““I don’t know, something inside on the grass. I wasn’t offline and something there hidden and I found it. I don’t know what I have to do…””

SS23

““I’m finding all the tricky bits again. A left-hander and got stuck for 30-40sec.””

SS24

““It’s been really really tough. I love this thing so much but have been through hell and back to get here. Just need things to go the right way again.””

Teemu Suninen

Co: Mikko Markkula

SS20

““Difficult, especially when the grip level is changing a lot. Hard to concentrate. To be honest, it was one of the hardest stages.””

SS21

““On this stage the conditions were easier – and grip was consistent. For me it was a good run. There were some sections where I could be faster.””

SS23

““We had a spin – it’s very very slippery.””

Thierry Neuville

Co: Nicolas Gilsoul

SS19

““I tried. It was very tricky. Some parts are becoming dry, some parts are very slippery. Some risks, yes, ”

SS20

““On a very tight corner I couldn’t get out of the line and lost 10sec. Very tricky, the day is not over.””

SS21

““I have nothing to lose so I don’t care so much. I am trying to keep it on the road. It is tricky when the conditions are like this but we are trying to have fun.””

Elfyn Evans

Co: Daniel Barrit

SS19

““Obviously Thierry has gone in there to take risks. For sure it was slippery in there and he is pushing.””

SS20

““It was okay. Very tricky conditions to be honest. In some places grip is reasonable, for some there is high grip and others you just take off – so very difficult to judge.””

SS21

““We are just concentrating on doing a good clean job.””

SS22

““Very very difficult. To be honest it wasn’t as bad toward the end – still some corners with zero grip. Just backing right off.””

SS23

““We nipped wide and the door popped open after a small impact. We couldn’t reverse as the door was stuck in a tree – managed to get through. I just turned in and absolutely nothing happened.””

SS24

““I’m glad Seb has won – he’s an incredible guy – he’s done a great job. I’m happy for the whole team as they’ve all worked very hard for it. There are good things there and hopefully more to come.””

Sebastien Ogier

Co: Julien Ingrassia

SS19

““Under dry conditions it is tricky – when it is wet it is even more challenging because there is a lot of change in grip to know where you can push and not. Obviously we don’t want to push – we have a safe rhythm and to drop 5 sec to Thierry is, good.””

SS20

““So difficult – I thought the last km’s would be drier but some super slippy sections in there. Not a relaxing Sunday drive for sure.””

SS21

““At the moment I don’t need points – just finish the rally. It has been hard to survive anyway.””

SS22

““I was driving this stage like my grandma would do – it was very tricky.””

SS23

““It’s hard to keep the car on the road when going to slow – it’s difficult, it’s crazy.””

SS24

““The season was so intense and in the last two stages so much has changed. It is like a mixed feeling at this moment – I am so proud of what we have achieved and so proud of our team. You are the best. We had an amazing journey together. I’ve enjoyed the last push in this car. I can’t wait to see the team.””

Esapekka Lappi

Co: Janne Ferm

SS19

““We just need to finish and that’s it – anything can happen in these conditions. I am the backup, so I will not take any risks today.””

SS20

““I am trying to keep Seb behind.””

SS21

““This stage I was enjoying. You can see the conditions are dry compared to the first two.””

SS22

““I was so slow on the first time I could mark all the slippery places – so it was okay this time.””

SS23

““It felt horrible – even if I had to push I could not enjoy so just saving the car.””

SS24

““I am looking forward to new challenges although pleased and thankful for the team. It has been amazing to work with them - they have such a passion for the sport. I hope Jari finishes and we get the manufacturer title – that will be the best thanks for the team.””

Mads Ostberg

Co: Torstein Eriksen

SS19

““It was okay. Was a tricky stage – I was not so happy as it was very boggy in there.””

SS20

““I learned a bit from the first stage about the boggy sections and now it felt better and I could control the car better. A few slippery places where I tried to be calm and tried not to make mistakes.””

SS21

““On the slippery we changed the car to suit and it is really sensitive, so makes a big difference now it is dry again the car is difficult to drive with this setup.””

SS22

““We have two difficult stages to go still. Conditions are tricky.””

SS23

““I was caught out in some mud – like everyone. Went off the road into a tree. We lost quite a lot of time 10-15sec. The car was fine after, and I pushed to my absolute limit and did not give up to get a good time.””

SS24

““It was an incredible weekend, so many ups and so many downs. We had an amazing day today. With such a long break it has been difficult to get used to these conditions after two months on the sofa – I am proud of the result this weekend.””

Hayden Paddon

Co: Sebastian Marshall

SS19

““Luckily the guys behind us we were able to take some time out of. Really difficult to find the rhythm - some places were okay, some places were no grip at all. For sure it was a messy stage but as long as we can keep the pressure on anything can happen.””

SS20

““We are trying to pick a good speed – just have to keep the pressure on at front and keep the margin behind. Have to keep a safe pace but not too slow that you use concentration. I reminded Jari what happened at the last stage last year and that it is not over until it is over.””

SS21

““On speed alone we can’t quite get the Toyotas’ - just got to keep the pressure on. We are going at a no-risk pace at the moment. A podium would mean a lot – at a minimum we want to protect that. In these sorts of conditions anything can happen.””

SS22

““Not the best way to finish the year for Thierry. We have to focus on our job. In these conditions we are taking it really really easy and just managing the gap.””

SS23

““When we got 20sec behind we have to focus on no mistakes. In some places down the hills and into the creeks you could probably get out and run faster – it’s not all over yet.””

SS24

““This podium feels proper. Last couple we’ve had in the year or so we’ve picked up from other people’s problems whereas this weekend it has felt really good. We’ve made good strategy calls this weekend and felt really good in the car. Every year in this rally we’ve been getting one place better so that means next year we can only be first I guess. Big thanks to the team and all the kiwis who have been here supporting us and back home in New Zealand.” ”

Jari-Matti Latvvala

Co: Mikka Anittla

SS19

““I thought Hayden was going to attack very hard – so had to do something. I can back off a little bit now.””

SS20

““For sure it has been a difficult morning. There are places that are giving you surprises as the grip is changing all the time. I don’t know what is going to be, as Paddon is not so far off – the situation is changing a little bit.””

SS21

““There was one jump where we went sideways and lost a bit of time. We are in a situation where we have to look what Paddon is doing all the time.””

SS22

““It was a good stage for us. First 3 km was extremely slippery. In some places it was getting better – but so easy to make a mistake.””

SS23

““It was incredible – so demanding with so many nasty places and I had to be patient – hoping I would get through. We only lost the rear bumper in the last compression and just have to get through – tricky conditions.””

SS24

““It has been two very long years since I last won. I was losing hope and then this morning things changed again and these difficult conditions worked in my favour. I am so happy to win here and is such an amazing feeling to win the manufacturer title – this is an amazing result and I am so happy for our team.””

Ott Tanak

Co: Martin Jarveoja

SS19

““It was an okay stage. We lost power in the car at one point – lucky it started again.””

SS20

““I went off and I was stuck in reverse gear – what can I say. The plan is to stay ahead of Paddon. For sure it is not easy.””

SS21

““We need to keep Paddon behind us.””

SS22

““I want to win but this is not the position to push for it – as you can see by what has been happening.””

Andreas Mikkelsen

Co: Anders Jaeger-Synnevaag

SS19

““Slippery; was better than I expected.””

SS22

““We had to be very very careful in there and not take any risks. Just crawling through. This is not the result the team wanted – we can only look forward to next season.””

SS23

““It was okay – we had a steady run.””

SS24

““I am sure we could have had a really good result in this rally – would have been nice to have changed things around for this year. It has been a troublesome year for me and had great support from the team. Now we will have a change and come back to Monte Carlo to start next season and come back strong.””

Load All Driver Quotes

Jourdan Serderidis

Co: Lara Vaneste

SS10

““Loving being first on the road – living the dream.””

SS17/18

““The last two were okay. It was a difficult day for us with the cleaning being first on the road. In the afternoon we had some fun but finished – that was our plan.””

Thierry Neuville

Co: Nicolas Gilsoul

SS9

““There is hope for sure, we can’t do much without the rain with all the loose gravel and cleaning we have to do.””

SS10

““Nothing we can do. Very frustrating. I try as hard as I can – no line at all. Nothing I can do.””

SS11

““Something is broken but the car is still okay to drive.””

SS13

““Since our puncture yesterday we have been flat-out to catch-up. I pushed in this one. The road position is just a disaster.””

SS14

““I have to give it everything – I can only try to catch the two cars in front of me. It is just a disaster when you are first on the road – but I have learned a lot.””

SS15

““A lot of cleaning – our tyres were very worn. We didn’t get the right information for the temperatures and weather this afternoon – it was much hotter than we expected. A lot of loose stuff in there and a lot of sandy places and had to make a new line.””

SS17/18

““It went well – I tried to set good times. Tomorrow we wait and see. Being champion will be difficult but we won’t give up until it is finished.””

Elfyn Evans

Co: Daniel Barrit

SS9

““The road is going to get better with each car that passes.””

SS10

““It is tricky out there for sure. Some places are very difficult - I could feel myself losing time in places – it is difficult out there.””

SS11

““Not so loose as before – but completely different type of stage. The last 5km is loose and wide.””

SS13

““Surprisingly so, so loose in here – couldn’t believe it for a second pass.””

SS14

““To be honest in here, I don’t know the reason If maybe there something small broken in the back, I’m not so sure. I just don’t have the feeling with the car today – understeer on turn in and oversteer on exit.””

SS15

““It is all okay. Very sandy and the grip was very low. In the previous one we struggled quite a lot. In here it was a completely different stage.””

SS17/18

““It has been an okay day – no dramas really. Just keep holding on.””

Teemu Suninen

Co: Mikko Markkula

SS9

““I was driving carefully – to keep the car straight an in the line, especially being loose gravel.””

SS10

““The conditions have changed a lot from yesterday – and I am struggling a lot with the grip level. The target is to learn, today, and clean the road for Seb.””

SS11

““No issues – still struggling with grip on the loose gravel. Difficult to find the braking points in such slippery conditions. It will be better in the second loop.””

SS13

““It was a bit better than the morning loop. Still not the best rhythm with the driving. Still new conditions for me to be learning.””

SS14

““We would like to be fast but Thierry is faster. Slippery in places but it is okay.””

SS15

““It was rocky at the end and we struggled with grip so it was difficult to go fast.””

SS17/18

““It was a good stage for me. In the forest stages I lost a bit in the narrow parts.””

Sebastien Ogier

Co: Julien Ingrassia

SS9

““Of course we are not at the same level of attack as yesterday. We will try to find a better rhythm in the next one.””

SS10

““It was better. Obviously it is very very loose today and going to be hard to catch some positions to be honest. The main goal is to stay ahead of Thierry.””

SS11

““It was always a tricky stage in a forest – we just tried to drive through.””

SS13

““Right now I am in a position with enough points – so the target is to stay where we are. We don’t need to take any risks.””

SS14

““This morning was more difficult – now I’ve had a pace note change it has been easier this afternoon even though I nearly had a stall at the start.””

SS15

““All okay at the moment – all under control. We will carry on.””

SS17/18

““Just a bit unlucky with the rain now – but that is how it is – we have finished for the day.””

Esapekka Lappi

Co: Janne Ferm

SS9

““It is cleaning a lot. I just kept it on the line and you can’t push, you have to follow the line.””

SS10

““After the previous one this is getting cleaner and after each car the conditions are improving. It was a clean run and no major mistakes. I am happy with the car. For the last two days the car is nice to drive – the balance, I like it a lot.””

SS11

““It was not a good stage for me – made a lot of mistakes and bad lines.””

SS13

““I just took it very carefully – I’m not pushing at all and staying on the clean line. I know the guys behind will be faster – I can tell you.””

SS14

““It is a bit boring at the moment. I thought I could gain a few seconds to Hayden but he was too fast in the previous one. The gaps are big behind and in front and it is tough to concentrate.””

SS15

““No body to fight with. On the previous one, when you back off you lose rhythm, so decided to go with nice rhythm for this one – it is okay.””

SS17/18

““It went quite crazy slippery, in the end we are not in a fight so doesn’t matter so much.””

Ott Tanak

Co: Martin Jarvoja

SS9

““I did a good stage. In the beginning I had a few scares, lucky they weren’t in important places.””

SS10

““I tried my best. I guess the soft was not optimal for these stages, there is one more, but this was the key stage for this loop.””

SS11

““We are trying our best. The road condition is not the best today – another clean stage but let’s see what happens.””

SS13

““I am focussing on my drive and for the rally. These stages are still loose and still cleaning.””

SS14

““I am doing my best – and doing everything I can. It is not the easiest of conditions but consistent. Fun though. Manufacturer is the priority so need to secure this position.””

SS15

““It was okay. The tyres were a bit worn from the previous one so didn’t really push. It was a clean run so nothing really special.””

SS17/18

““We were a bit unlucky to get the rain on the second pass and it made conditions extremely tricky. Lucky it was only a short stage. Looks like it could be similar tomorrow which would make it very hard.””

Hayden Paddon

Co: Sebastian Marshall

SS9

““Really starting to get into the groove. These stages are beautiful to drive on so starting to push. Still a few places where I am under committed – but really enjoying it.””

SS10

““We had a good stage – feeling really good in the car today. Had the soft (medium tyre) on the rear and probably driving too aggressively and for the last 6-7km the rear was moving quite a lot, so probably need to be more efficient with my driving.””

SS11

““It’s not over yet. This stage is my Achilles heel of the rally – always has been. We’ve been smooth – perhaps too smooth. We can improve a lot but hey, if we have only one bad stage of the rally we can manage it.””

SS13

““I love this stage – and the next one, they are amazing to drive. I could drive like this every day, 365 days a year. The most fun I’ve had in a rally car all year.””

SS14

““We were prepared to drop a little bit in this stage to look after the tyres for the next one – which is a key stage for me. I really enjoyed the stage even though overheated the tyres and was sliding about. Ott is on another planet so we will forget him – otherwise it is good.””

SS15

““Difficult. We had bald tyres on the front and good tyres on the rear. So it was the right choice for the performance but difficult to drive the car – we did the best job we could. We made a tyre choice for the whole loop – hopefully we can start reaping the benefits now.” ”

SS17/18

““First one went good, now with the rain it was very very slippery – so makes it tough.””

Craig Breen

Co: Scott Martin

SS9

““It was okay. I had enough rhythm and not pushing too hard. Hopefully the next stage will be better.””

SS10

““The throttle is sticking open in the stage – no idea what it is. Every time I press the brake it is nosing the car. The diffs are all working wrong because it is on the wrong ramp.” ”

SS11

““I had a dead rear tyre from the start and then hit a tree stump.””

SS13

““Hats off to the boys and girls at service to get the car fixed. I tried to enjoy the stage best I could – let’s see how the next one goes.””

SS14

““It felt nice. Struggled with the rear and spun in a really narrow place and had to go back up the road to turn around and got caught in my own dust so probably lost 10-15 seconds. Otherwise not too bad.””

SS15

““After first time through I was super cautious this time. Just nervous with the rear of the car. It’s not so bad.””

SS17/18

““It wasn’t such a good day but anyway we are still here and looking forward to tomorrow.””

Jari-Matti Latvala

Co: Mikka Anttila

SS9

““It was a pretty good stage for us. A few places we went wide, but generally good. Hayden had a good time so will be interesting to see what Mads is doing.””

SS10

““It is very exciting battle going on. Seems Mr Tanak had a big push – now just to see what Mads does. Everything is open.””

SS11

““Ott has been driving fast. On the team side they told me to concentrate on my own thing and own drive.””

SS13

““A good fight going on. Paddon in there isn’t making it easy so we have to crack on.””

SS14

““It was not too bad to be honest. Ott was very strong on this stage. We made a few mistakes so lost a bit of time in some sections but generally good.”

SS15

““I should have taken two spares. I made a mistake by only taking one spare. My tyres are pretty finished – when we should have been clever like EP and Ott.””

SS17/18

““Now it has rained, and running in a different order, some were in the dry and some in the wet and now there is some 10sec difference.””

Mads Ostberg

Co: Torstein Eriksen

SS9

““It has been okay – no big dramas in there. Different conditions than what I expected – quite a bit softer, but better than being first on the road.””

SS10

““With what we know it was not an easy or right tyre choice this morning. The car is working really well but when we have a mix of tyre and two are not working well, making a lot of understeer in one direction and oversteer in other direction.””

SS11

““Just hard to match the Toyotas’. Their cars are faster on this stage. The grip is much lower on this stage. I have some new tyres for this afternoon – maybe that will help.””

SS13

““It’s an intense fight for sure. To be honest it’s about confidence and trying to find a good feeling with the car and the surface. Even though the stages are beautiful and easy to enjoy, it is so tricky to just make everything perfect. I struggle with that, it annoys me, as I know my speed can be better.””

SS14

““I am trying to drive to the limit – we are a little bit like the last stage before service and lacking more and more balance with the car. It is nervous and difficult to control. The risk is a lot higher the speed is a lot lower.””

SS15

““Not so nice. It was about surviving. The car is still difficult with its balance – I cannot understand what I just went through.””

SS17/18

““It is just ridiculous – to have the rally decided like this is horrible.””

Andreas Mikkelsen

Co: Anders Jaeger-Synnvaag

SS9

““Trying to enjoy the day as much as I can. Beautiful stages and always a pleasure to drive them.””

SS10

““We tried. We enjoyed the stages. We are not driving for the win – to have the last bit of attack and take the risks. We are comfortable, finding a good rhythm and happy.””

SS13

““It is good fun – really nice stages and am really enjoying them. I tried to push a bit more than this morning and had a good run.””

SS14

““It’s not too bad – just trying to get into a rhythm. We are not fighting for a top position. But would have to say Tanak’s time is very fast – I would struggle with that.””

SS15

““I had no tyres left. It was really really difficult – just had to drive the car straight.””

SS17/18

““Very difficult. Very different conditions between the drivers – that is what is scary when you are in groups.””

Load All Driver Quotes

Sebastien Ogier

Co: Julien Ingrassia

SS1

““I will have wished for more rain, it was quite dry really. We pushed as much as we can.””

SS2

““Good honestly. I pushed and cannot really do more. The end of the stage was really dry so not good for the tyres.””

SS3

““It was the worst – we knew it was going to be. Like always, we will be cleaning these roads today.””

SS4

““Honestly I was on the limit the whole stage – I cannot do more.””

SS5

““It was better, but is also getting better for the others. I have done two stages on the limit – I cannot go any faster.””

SS6

““I was on the limit – that was some good news Neuville has dropped time.””

SS7/8

““It is part of the rally and you can make a difference – it was okay for us.””

Thierry Neuville

Co: Nicolas Gilsoul

SS1

““In this stage there is not much cleaning, maybe a little bit in the first km. It was a clean drive – I will try to continue like this. The car is okay and has improved a lot on yesterday, with room for improvement.””

SS2

““It was a good stage. It was a difficult one and tried to do a clean stage. Saw the lines of Seb – they were wide and everywhere – so tried to be more careful.””

SS3

““I tried to do a good stage, but got huge kick on big bump so took it a bit more steady after that.””

SS4

““We are on a different tyre strategy and for me I think this was the worst stage. I am on three hard and two soft – let’s see what works on the next one.””

SS5

““The car is okay. The stage was okay. A different tyre strategy to Ogier so we will see if it is working – I cannot do much more.””

SS6

“Left rear puncture: “On the landing of a jump the tyre came off the rim.””

SS7/8

““It was okay. We tried best we could with our tyres.””

Ott Tanak

Co: Martin Jarveoja

SS1

““The feeling is good. The grip is good. The next stage will be a completely different surface.””

SS2

““The stage was okay – and there is still quite a bit of cleaning so we didn’t have full confidence. Definitely not on the limit – it’s only the second stage.””

SS3

“Flat rear left “It was a hard bump that threw us off the road and we got puncture.””

SS4

““At the start I hit a pole, it is affecting the car.””

SS5

““The front was lost in the water splash. Running like a dog now.””

SS6

““The rear wheel was disturbing me – the car is moving about. I need to try but the mistakes I’ve made are making it harder for the car.””

SS7/8

““It was a difficult day – still a long way to go.””

Esapekka Lappi

Co: Janne Ferm

SS1

““It was a good start – a very clean run. I’m pretty happy. The setup seems good and hope it works the same on the next stage.””

SS2

““To be honest it didn’t feel so good. It was so wide and I was too cautious, I felt I had a lot of room in every corner – I had a lot of margin so can go a lot faster.””

SS3

““It’s been a nice morning – I’ve been enjoying it. The man-made bumps are really nasty – but it’s the same for everyone.””

SS4

““The road was more slippy which was a surprise – I was expecting more grip, it was getting worse. Let’s hope on the next one it gets better.””

SS5

““We took water into the car in the water splash – we will see what the car is like for the next one.””

SS6

““I need to save the car. My front end is quite damaged and things are bent. It is nice the car is running well – and we’ve done very well today and have to be satisfied. It is part of the rally and have to face our share of issues.””

SS7/8

““We did a good job although unlucky with the water splash. The fight is over for the victory though.””

Jari-Matti Latvvala

Co: Miikka Anittila

SS1

““We were running this road in shakedown yesterday so it was pretty clean, a couple places were a bit slippy but it was all good.””

SS2

““The car is working well – I was happy to drive it. In one junction it was more slippery but otherwise fine. The road is still sweeping but otherwise fine, maybe a couple places under the trees where it was a bit slippy.””

SS4

““It was okay. We lost a bit of time, we had full hard tyres compared to others. Next two stages should be better.””

SS5

““It was a good stage – no mistakes – a good clean drive.””

SS6

““Overall a good day. This stage was more difficult than this morning. I felt the hard tyres weren’t working as well.””

SS7/8

““Not good – a bad stage for me. Had hard tyres and only one soft – it was very very difficult.””

Andreas Mikkelsen

Co: Anders Jaeger-Synnevaag

SS1

““It was an okay stage, we were okay and careful – first stage was to get myself dialled in. We are happy enough.””

SS2

““It was an okay stage – nothing more nothing less. Could have gone faster. Our hope it will be better for the next stage but quite okay so far.””

SS3

“”

SS4

“”

SS5

“”

SS6

“”

SS7/8

“”

Elfyn Evans

Co: Daniel Barrit

SS1

““It felt not so bad, maybe we were too careful – that’s the name of the game here unfortunately.””

SS2

““All pretty good I think – not all perfect but generally pretty good.””

SS3

“”

SS4

““It was fine.””

SS5

““All fine – no problem.””

SS6

““We are all competitors at the end of the day, we have to respect the decision of the team. At the end of the day we are employed to do a job.””

SS7/8

““Happy is not quite the word, obviously, but it is what it is.””

Craig Breen

Co: Scott Martin

SS1

““I hit a kangaroo – that put me off for a bit – a baby one. I’m sorry.””

SS2

““Mediocre. I am struggling with the front of the car to be honest – I can’t get the car to work the way I want.””

SS3

““Not great – I have a problem with the brakes – it was really soft through the stage so was a bit tricky. Had a couple issues with the jumps but all okay.””

SS4

““I had a couple silly slides and mistakes, it is alright.””

SS5

““Much better than the first run. A nice rhythm in the car and difficult with a medium tyre on the rear but enjoyed it much more than this morning.””

SS6

““It was a nice stage – we had a clean run. Tried to go like the clappers when I could.””

SS7/8

““It was a bit trickier than last year – much slippier. Nice to be on the podium and in a good place for tomorrow.””

Hayden Paddon

Co: Sebastian Marshall

SS1

““No problems. Didn’t really have a good rhythm. Trying to push, but under committed in some places and over committed in others – trying to find the balance.””

SS2

““Really struggling for rhythm this morning, at the moment. In my head I can’t quite gel with the notes and car at the moment, just me getting to be in sync with them.””

SS3

““Definitely coming back to me. The first half of the stage went really well. There were about 100 kiwis at the start so tightened the belts a bit more and decided to get in to it. Struggled in the last 5-6km, definitely going in the right direction though.””

SS4

““It is hot so the hard tyres are the only option in my mind. This stage I knew would be least favourite for these tyres so am sure they will be the ones for the next two. I’m getting a bit of mojo back now.””

SS5

““Not a bad stage – really enjoyable with an enjoyable flow. The last part reminded me of roads back home. For the whole loop the tyres should work well. It’s all going well, small margins, small gains to make.””

SS6

““We are quite lucky. Unfortunately we put a tyre off the rim on the last stage and got a slow puncture and the spare tyre we had was quite a worn soft and made this stage quite difficult with the car difficult to handle in the left-hand corners. So happy to minimise the time loss.””

SS7/8

““With the hard compound tyres it was quite difficult in here – especially with the water, but it was okay.””

Teemu Suninen

Co: Mikko Markkula

SS1

““The feeling was okay. I could go a bit faster so while I need to keep up the pace I need to get more kilometres – so let’s see.””

SS2

““I tried to keep the car on the line, braking too hard a few times and lost a few seconds. Not the best rhythm but quite okay.””

SS3

““It was quite challenging – and for my first time here. I was too careful on those bumps – but not too bad.””

SS4

““Driving was better – I could go a bit faster but was okay on the hard tyres.””

SS5

““It was a clean stage and I could have a good drive. We are following the plan.””

SS6

““I am part of the game and following the rules. Our pace has been good and it was easier to drive the second loop. In the second last stage we were second so that was good.””

SS7/8

““It was okay – no issues with that stage. It has been a good day for us, especially in the second loop.””

Mads Ostberg

Co: Torstein Eriksen

SS1

““Not a bad start. I struggled a bit in some sections with understeering. When it was working it was working nice, but made mistakes in a couple of important corners.””

SS2

““The stage is beautiful – but I wasn’t able to enjoy it – I had no rhythm. The car is amazing to drive and the pace notes are good but I had no rhythm. Okay maybe it takes some time after being out of the seat for so long.””

SS3

““It was very enjoyable - what can I say. We had a very good rhythm. While I’ve never done this stage before I enjoyed it and am very happy with the car. It’s been a very good morning for us.””

SS4

““This was the stage where we would sacrifice a little to gain later so am pleased with the time.””

SS5

““Everything is fine. It didn’t feel completely perfect – the time is not so bad so we must be doing something good here.””

SS6

““It has been really good today. It was more challenging than I thought with the hard tyres this afternoon. Overall I had the same car on all stages so I could push as hard as I wanted but I felt I had to hold back as I was lacking grip.””

SS7/8

““It was okay – a tricky stage with all the water.””

Load All Driver Quotes