1. OGIER/INGRASSIA:

« The road conditions were not that bad… There was less water on the road than when the gravel crew went through. I started a bit too carefully as the road was slippery. My settings were safe and I drove in a very clean way. »

2. LATVALA/ANTTILA:

« I am happy with my time, close to Seb’s (Ogier). It’s not easy to start a rally under such conditions. I was careful and didn’t take any risk. »

9. MIKKELSEN/FLOENE:

« I don’t have much experience on wet tarmac. I was careful, trying to feel confident. »

4. OSTBERG/ANDERSSON:

« A very tricky stage. I don’t have any residual signs after my accident during recce in Australia. »

7. NEUVILLE/GILSOUL:

Hit a bridge at the beginning of the stage. Damaged the right rear suspension and tried to fix it on the stage. Had to retire.

3. MEEKE/NAGLE:

« I drove with my own rhythm which I am happy with. It’s going to be a very long rally. »

5. EVANS/BARRITT:

« A difficult stage, I am not convinced that I have the right set-ups. The car is not easy to drive on wide and fast portions. I feel slow and it’s difficult to know if I have the right pace. The narrow parts start to be dirty. »

6. TANAK/MOLDER:

« I need to find my pace. »

20. PADDON/KENNARD:

« I don’t have a good feeling with the brakes. I am careful. »

8. SORDO/MARTI:

« It was very slippery, the roads are becoming dirty. My position on the road is not perfect as the road conditions are getting worse and worse. The car was under-steering by the end of the stage, I didn’t take any risk. »

21. PROKOP/TOMANEK:

« It was very slippery, not easy to find my pace I was a bit lost.”

14. KUBICA/SZCZEPANIAK:

« I had some troubles on the road section I was upset before the start of the stage but I managed to calm down. I did my best but it was not easy as the car was really under-steering a lot.»

12. LEFEBVRE/PREVOT:

« A tricky stage where it was easy to make a mistake. Our rhythm was not regular, I was pushing sometimes a bit much and sometimes not enough. When I saw Neuville stopped on the side I understood it would be difficult. »

37. BERTELLI/GRANAI:

« I can’t drive faster than this with this car or I would crash. There is nothing I can do as the car was under-steering very much. »

10. ABBRING/MARSHALL:

« Considering the road conditions I am pretty happy with my time. My pace notes were a bit too careful on some portions. »

15. BOUFFIER/DE LA HAYE:

« It was very tricky and difficult to find the right rhythm. Not so many cuts. We are looking forward to the following stages but it will be difficult because of the previous cars. I remained careful. »

22. SARRAZIN/RENUCCI:

« Happy to have finished. We wanted to avoid any mistakes. To see the Hyundai stopped was a warning. The road is in bad conditions. I was very careful as it was very slippery… »

25. DELECOUR/DE CASTELLI :

« Believe me, it was a bit funny. We had intermediary tires but the road is very dirty and muddy because of the previous WRC cars. We will have to compromise at some points and we won’t always have the right tires. »

24. DUMAS/GIRAUDET :

« It’s very slippery but it was fun. It’s a huge way to wake up. Some corners are very wet with some stones but it was nice. We were sliding a lot. »

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