Car #6 / D. Sordo / M. Marti (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): “It was tough, the paddle shift is not working. I told my engineer yesterday. Now in this stage it has not been working again, I do not know it is incredible. Upshift works but downshift is not working, it was like this yesterday. The stage is very slippery, but I was not concentrated”.

Car #9 / A. Mikkelsen / A. Jaeger-Synnevaag (Citroen C3 WRC): “We made some changes again before this stage. They did not work so we go back. Now we tried different things and they are going in the right direction. Small things in all areas, we are working on it. It is going to get better and better. At the moment it is more to get mileage on and get the car to my liking. That is our goal for today, once I will be comfortable times will come. OK with dust the stage is quite open so no problem”.

Car #12 E. Lappi / J. Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC): “Not [good times expected] in the morning. In the afternoon it will be better, even if stages will be more rough but maybe not as rough as yesterday. We will also have to do some tyre management in the afternoon. This stage was not too good, so slippery,I am not confident and I do not want to do anything silly really. Better to be on the safe side”.

Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): “OK, happy with my driving but I really struggle with traction. I do not know. We might have to try some different settings for the afternoon. Tyres are a mix, three soft and two hards”.

Car #11 / J. Hanninen / K. Lindstrom (Toyota Yaris WRC): “Really nice stage, Not so easy to keep the rhythm, because sometimes it is quite slippy sometimes the grip is good but it is a really nice stage, OK no issues. Gap is three minutes so it is OK now. Hope tyres are OK for the next one”.

Car #14 M. Ostberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta Rs WRC): “It felt not so bad, but it is difficult to find a really good rhythm. But I tried to do my best. Three hards and a soft on the car now”. [some damage to tyre walls due to sharp rocks]

Car #10 / J.M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC): “I pushed what I can in this stage, gaps are too narrow, there is no chance to be playing with the speed. Tanak is driving amazingly fast, but I must say that the roads are cleaning fast so it is a little bit difficult for my road position but let’s see what happens. A rough stage, difficult to get the rhythm”

Car #2 / O. Tanak / M.Jarveoia (Ford Fiesta WRC): “Really slippy on the hards, in some parts it is very low grip. But it seems to be OK. Sardinia is all about road cleaning” [tyres quite worn but not too bad]

Car #5 / T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): “Good one for me, but my car felt pretty soft and it was moving about quite a lot. But it seemed to work in this stage for the traction. We have 3 hard tyres on the car, let’s hope it is a good choice. We will see what happens next but I will go for it”

Car #4 / H. Paddon / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): “Struggled in this run, we changed the tyres around and were shocked by the balance of the car. We will try and make some changes now to improve for the next one. At the moment there is no pressure, a long way to go. We have a good speed and Thierry did a great time. It is game on.”

Car #8 / C. Breen / S. Martin (Citroen C3 WRC): “Diabolical. Absolutely terrible on it. I stalled on an hairpin. In some places we have a really good car, in other places not so much. Not the best of stages. Very little I can do about it before the next one” [alloy dented]

Car #3 / E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): “We try to gain as much data as we can and learn has much as we can. Very difficult stage. Grip was really very low. Struggling for the rhythm. There were a lot of cows in the road and I had a small stall at the hairpin. All adds up. The previous stage was OK but nothing special” [front left very worn]