Drivers’ quotes after SS16 “Monte Lerno 2”

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): “It is never an easy situation opening the road obviously. ”

Car #12 M. Ostberg / T. Eriksen (Citroën C3 WRC): “Yeah it is like that, we have played it safe in the afternoon”.

Car #9 E. Lappi / J. Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC): “Unfortunately, just on the tail of JM – I have not got past him. I have been doing a good job to be honest, the car has been working very well, so I have to be satisfied, but it is just a tough competition at this level. We are really equal, same car, same team. I need to be satisfied. They will let us fight, but we need to keep in mind the manufacturer points, no crazy things. I don’t believe in team orders”.

Car #7 J.M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC): [suspected alternator issue, he completed the stage with the third fastest time but he stopped then on the road section]

Car #5 T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): “I tried, I am not sure it was enough. I do not know why, I was complaining about the rear, obviously my tyres had more wear because I did the whole loop with only four tyres but I tried. It is not perfect but it is OK. I tried to manage a bit, there were a couple of stones I tried to avoid”.

Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): “It is tight, it was fun this afternoon in the car. In the second stage I did not find the good rhythm because I was struggling with the car, but these two I tried to push. This one I knew that I was much too slow this morning so I had to push flat out for tomorrow? why not ”.

Car #8 O. Tanak / M. Jarveoia (Toyota Yaris WRC): “Very strange, front right puncture from nothing. I was a bit stupid, I carried on for 3-4kms, the air was still in it just delaminated. We could have reached the end but we did not have information, what could we do”.

Car #3 T. Suninen / M. Markkula (Ford Fiesta WRC): “Quite difficult stage, a lot of ruts, pretty rough. You can go really fast if you trust the ruts but I tried to be on the careful side and avoid the punctures”.

Car #4 A. Mikkelsen / A. Jaeger-Synnevaag (Hyundai i20 Coupè WRC): “The car is fine, I had a puncture. Did not hit anything, just driving in the line getting support from the ruts. I think the tyre came off the rim”.

Car #31 J. Kopecky / P. Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5): “Happy to be here. The conditions were very very rough in the afternoon, many many loose stones , we tried to avoid everything. On the 2nd stage after the service we almost rolled, we had a small moment in the ruts there was some stone or something the car went up onto two wheels, but luckily we are here. Thanks a lot for it”.

2018-06-09T18:46:56+00:00 09/06/2018|