Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Today has been a very long day and I stretched my lead by just four seconds from Mikko, but it is better than nothing. It is not over though and tomorrow I will push hard on the first long stage. I am confident though because there is only 40kms on the last leg."

"I'm so accustomed to not being in front here that I preferred to defend our lead. It turned out not to be a bad choice, although it did mean we had to push very, very hard from start to finish. The roads were damp in many places and that gave good grip. It also made it a level playing field and we were able to drive flat out. The drier portions were covered in a top-coating of loose gravel, however, and that was a handicap because it meant we were dropping time while at the same time leaving a clearer line for the others. Overall, though, I don't think we coped too badly with the problem and we have succeeded in extending our lead from 14.4 to 18.2 seconds. To pull out 3.8s over more than 160km of stages, flat out between the trees, hasn't been simple but it's been a fantastic scrap. It's been so fierce that the possibility of winning or scoring a top result that would give our title chances a welcome boost has barely crossed my mind. I've been concentrating on not making any mistakes and keeping the gap as stable as possible. We succeeded, and the speed of our C4 WRC will be one of our trump cards in our bid to finish in front tomorrow, although I still prefer to take things extremely cautiously."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"What an amazing day! It's been so enjoyable and the speeds were absolutely crazy. I was flat out everywhere, taking huge risks, and the pace today has been higher than last year. On one stage I set the record last year. This morning I was 10sec faster than that and then another seven seconds quicker on the second pass - and I still wasn't fastest. I followed Loeb's lines and I could see that he, too, was right on the edge. It's a fantastic fight and very intense."

"For every second I won, he took it back from me on the next stage. A lot can happen on tomorrow's fast stages but it will be hard to take that amount of time back on driving alone. Either I need some good luck or he needs some bad luck. A Frenchman on top of the podium in Finland wouldn't be good so I have to try to prevent that."

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"It's been a good day, and if you look at the battle for third we've been right on the pace. We had no problems, we're still pushing hard, and it's really good for us to make up this time and get into third. It's great especially when we were down in ninth at one point yesterday. It's good for the team that we're where we are and have been setting some good times. The two guys in front are going really well and are out on their own, but we'll keep pushing hard tomorrow to stay where we are. Dani is quick on the stages he knows and we seem to take some time on the new stages, so it won't be easy."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Chris has gone very fast today. I was not very happy with my driving style especially in the last stage so for tomorrow maybe I won't fight for a podium place and instead concentrate on the manufacturers' championship and more points for Citroen."

"I had every confidence in my car, but I didn't want to take too many risks as we drove new stages. I chose to secure fourth place to try to score good points for the Manufacturers' championship. We still have one day to try to jump on the podium."

[Speaking after SS18] "I was glad to be third. That's the target Marc and I had set ourselves, but it wasn't easy; it rarely is here in Finland! I profited as much as I could from the amazing competitiveness of our C4 WRC which is handling really nicely. At the same time, there were a few things I saw in the way I drive that I want to change, especially my braking."

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"It has been a difficult day. I'm driving quite hard and my times are really good on the fast sections and the car feels great. But on the narrow roads I just struggle to make it work well and find a good rhythm. The feeling isn't the same as yesterday and I thought the new stages today would work to my advantage but they haven't. We had a few moments, especially at the corner where Gigi went off, so I backed off in that stage as it was very difficult but also very fast. So the plan tomorrow is to get to the finish safely; we are still in line for some good points."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"The car was working quite ok for a time today, but then I would seem to just lose the feeling. The balance was not so bad today, but there were times when I felt I just couldn't push. It's frustrating, but I'm just driving as fast as I can. I'm trying you know, definitely. The stages today were very loose, and tomorrow will be the same so we will just see."

"The car is still not 100 per cent. The traction just isn't there and the front diff isn't working perfectly. It could be hydraulic pressure but I don't know."

Matti Rantanen [Ford Focus RS WRC 06]:

"I made a few mistakes today and a small problem with the clutch but I still really enjoyed myself."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

"My arm has been quite painful from at times today, but otherwise it's been a good day. I've enjoyed the stages, I always do on this rally. I didn't want to take any risks, the team and I need points from this rally - and that's the aim for tomorrow. But, Matthew (Wilson) was not far behind and I had to push to make sure we didn't let him pass."

Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"Overall I'm glad to have survived a tough day without any major dramas, the last stage today was probably my best and we managed to beat some of the local Finnish guys. Today was difficult and tough but I'm more familiar with the stages used tomorrow as they have been used in previous years so that will give me more confidence. In this rally it's good to have consistency with the stage conditions but today just wasn't like that at all so I'm happy to have got through with no problems."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"A long and difficult day for me with no real problems just small brake issue but not important. I have learned a lot today, especially in the notes."

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I'm happy with the consistency of my driving. I'm not thinking about the position as much as the learning experience. There were a lot of surprises, and I slid off on some corners. We had a moment in stage 15 where I went into a bush, so I got back on the track and gave it everything, and was going flat out in fifth gear when I hit a jump. The car was really high off the ground, so much so that I couldn't see the crowd below. I thought there would be a big impact when I landed, but it was fine."

Andreas Mikkelsen [Ramsport Ford Focus WRC]:

"The second day was good and I am happy because I have improved my confidence and improved the times - I have been focusing on staying on the road!"

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"It was difficult this morning and I didn't feel comfortable after yesterday's accident. I went wide and got stuck on the first stage but it was better after that and my confidence is returning. I drove fast, but on the safe side of fast, and I'm starting to enjoy the driving again. If I was in a position to fight then I could do that now, whereas this morning nothing felt right."

Notable retirements:

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]: [retired from day 1 in SS3 - went off the road - re-started under the SupeRally on Saturday]

"I approached a left-right-left combination of bends and decided to keep the car as straight as I could. But I hit a rock, which wasn't in my pace notes, with the front right of the car. The handling felt strange immediately afterwards and suddenly I was thrown off the road into the ditch where the car half-rolled and hit a small tree. The data shows I was doing 117kph when I went off. I just thought this can't be happening to me again. I felt relaxed this morning and felt really confident in the opening stage and the early part of the next. I want to continue so that I can get my confidence back."

Gigi Galli [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from event in SS16 - went off the road]

"It has been a bitterly disappointing end to the rally here for me. I was just trying to keep our position against Sordo and the accident happened on a tricky left hand corner. My pace notes were slightly out and I ended up sliding into the ditch which then caused the car to roll at high speed into the trees. The car is quite badly damaged and it was obviously a corner that caught out people as two other cars went off in the same place as me. We had got into a good rhythm and found a sensible speed and feeling with the car so I don't think I was pushing too hard on the stage."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from event in SS16 - went off the road]

"I was caught out by a very difficult left-hand corner in Kakaristo stage - another car had already crashed at this point. The car went off the road and into a tree. Fortunately, neither myself, nor Jonas were seriously hurt, but we are both feeling quite stiff from the impact. I'm very sorry for everybody in the team. The car had been running really well; we'd had no problems at all during the event and the pace had been good. We were looking at points here, but that's the way the sport goes sometimes."

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"Now 88 per cent of the rally has been done, which means only 12 per cent remains. And that means a margin of half a second per kilometre so tonight we can see light at the end of the tunnel. Both Sebastien and Dani are like extra terrestrials! They have been super-human! All the technical team have done a very good job and the C4 has been very efficient this year. That confirms the big step made at the beginning of the season in our gravel development."

"It's been another good day for everyone at Citro?n Sport. We've got one car in the lead and the other is just a second off the podium. This performance is above all due to the progress we have made with the C4 WRC: the drivers are delighted with its set-up and handling. The drivers should also be congratulated, too, of course. To drive as quick as they have done today without making any mistakes over such tricky terrain is a genuine exploit. Seb and Daniel have a chance of winning tomorrow, while Dani and Marc have the speed to bridge the gap. Tomorrow could be a landmark result, but we have no intention of allowing ourselves to get carried away before the finish."

Malcolm Wilson [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT - team director]:

"Jari-Matti took the chance to regain his confidence by winning stages which is good for the next round. Mikko drove at 100 per cent all day but unfortunately was unable to pull time back from Loeb. But it's not all over yet and it's going to be an exciting day tomorrow."

David Richards [Subaru WRT - managing director]:

"We have clearly taken a step forward in our performance on these very fast and loose roads today and for Chris to have climbed to third is very impressive. We're learning all the time with this new car, and as we continue with our development programme, today has shown very clearly that results will follow."

Malcolm Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT - team boss]:

"It has been a difficult day for the Stobart team and it just proves how specialised and tricky this event is. Henning struggled on these new stages today and unfortunately wasn't able to repeat his fine form from day 1. Gigi started well today by moving to third position but unfortunately got caught out on a fast corner and ended up retiring due to the accident. Despite all that Matthew has preformed faultlessly today punching in some good times and is now just one position off a points finish."

Paul Wilding [Suzuki WRT - team manager]:

"Today has definitely been a day of mixed fortunes. Both cars were running well and Toni remains in a very strong position going into the final day. He's sensibly driving in, what he calls, preservation mode and is looking good to take points tomorrow. As for P-G, the first thing to say is that we are all very relieved that he and Jonas are both fine, that's our number one priority in an accident like this. That said, we're disappointed for him and the team - his SX4 WRC was running faultlessly and very quickly until the accident."

Paul Hembery [Pirelli - motorsport director]:

"So far the Rally Finland has been very good for our soft compound Scorpion tyres. They've passed all the tests we have thrown at them, such as the huge jumps that characterise the Finnish stages, and proved themselves to be extremely strong. Pirelli's run-flat technology, which we drew heavily upon during the development phase of these covers, has been of key importance and it's also worth pointing out the many other benefits of our tyres, such as the low rate of wear and high resistance to punctures. Once more we've had no rubber-related problems today - either with the factory cars or privateer outfits."