Sébastien Ogier (3rd) said:

“It’s been a good morning for us and, honestly, I wasn’t expecting to be this close at the end of the first loop. We knew we would have a tough job opening the road and we lost time in the first two stages [SS1 and SS2]. In the long one [SS3] tyre management always comes into play and we were able to manage that well.

“The gaps aren’t so big and we are just starting the rally so the pressure is still on and everything is still completely open. Tonight we’ll have a better view of what is achievable this weekend, but until then we just focus on our own rally.”

Ott Tänak (4th) said:

“The car has been working really well and I’ve enjoyed the morning. Our tyre choice might have been a bit aggressive, but in the end I think it was the right one and the first three stages have been pretty good.

“We lost a bit of time on the long stage with a slow puncture half way through, but the speed is there and we’re still in a very good position. Let’s see what we can do this afternoon.”

Elfyn Evans (10th) said:

“The feeling in the first two stages [SS1 and SS2] was okay but we started to struggle part way through the long one [SS3] – losing some traction and precision after the Tarmac section. It could be a tricky one for us this afternoon, but let’s see what happens.”