Volkswagen WRC boss Jost Capito believes Rallye Monte Carlo could yet have a sting in the tail and he has warned that they will need to stay 'fully focussed' to ensure Sebastien Ogier claims the victory.

Speaking following the second leg on Friday, which saw Ogier win three of the day's five stages and convert a 47.3 second deficit into a 51.1 second lead, Capito also took time out to laud the performance of his number one driver.

"Top class. That is probably the best way to describe the performance of Sebastien Ogier and [co-driver] Julien Ingrassia," Capito remarked.

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"They came from almost 50 seconds behind to end the day with a 50-second lead. They fully deserve to lead the 'Monte'.

"The 'Monte' is still far from over though. [Team-mates] Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen's two incidents showed just how quickly the rally can be over.

"It was only thanks to a good portion of luck that they were able to continue and are still in the points [in fifth and eighth respectively].

"Despite the fact that there are only 80 kilometres of special stage tomorrow [Saturday], there are still some hard nuts to crack. Tomorrow's itinerary features the legendary Col de Turini - that will once again be pure 'Monte'.

"The entire team will have to stay fully focussed."

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile was philosophical after seeing 'his' man, Bryan Bouffier lose the lead in SS9, when he spun. Like Capito, though, he knows Saturday, could yet shake things up.

"Bryan has had another great day. I think it's fair to say that we were maybe a little ambitious with the tyre choice this afternoon as the conditions were a lot worse than we had expected, but there were a lot of moments for a lot of drivers out there. Sadly, Bryan's cost him the lead, but he remains in a really strong [second] position. Looking at his times from today, we know what he is capable of," Wilson noted.

"But perhaps more importantly, we all know that anything can happen on 'Col de Turini.' It's certainly all to play for," he concluded.