Elfyn Evans (7th) said: “It’s been another difficult morning for us with very tricky conditions. We opted for the supersoft tyre for both stages, but certainly on the last stage [SS8], the snow cross would have been the more favourable option. Unfortunately we were too late making the decision and suffered as a consequence of that.”
“We need to look on the positive side. The pace was better at the beginning of the long stage [SS7], so I am a little bit happier with that. We’re still here, and that is the main thing.”
Additional M-Sport crews
Bryan Bouffier (1st) said: “We had a really good morning. We’ve been able to set some really competitive times and I am really happy with that. Of course Ogier is very quick so we need to keep an eye on him, but I think that we can be very pleased with the job we have done this morning.
“It is great to be in the battle. I’m doing my best and the times have been good. There is a long way to go so we will need to be a little bit clever, but at the moment, everything is perfect.”