Sebastien Loeb [Citroen]:

"We drove well, without any mistakes. Thanks to the team's work, our tyre choices were correct. Tomorrow, we will undoubtedly encounter a number of potential traps. We have to keep our concentration, and try to do as well as we did today."

Francois Duval [Ford]:

"Luck was on our side there [when SS7 was cancelled because we were on the wrong tyres]. We were also lucky when we spun near the finish of stage nine. The road was slushy and we spun and stalled the engine. I think we lost about 25 seconds. I enjoy driving in difficult conditions and made no mistakes, apart from that spin. Now it's necessary to do the same tomorrow. The car has been perfect and I've really enjoyed the day."

Markko Martin [Ford]:

"I hit some ice and we so nearly went off the road [in SS8]. It really jolted me because I didn't know whether the same would happen again later in the stage. I left service with the car set up for dry conditions but when we got into the mountains, it was wet, damp and foggy. I couldn't use the set up I had chosen and the fog was so bad it was hard to pick out the corners.

"We also hit a rock face at the same point as Carlos Sainz had done earlier in the day [in SS11]. The car scraped along the cliff but fortunately it didn't pull a wheel off like Carlos. We had a few lucky escapes but we're still here and it's been a good day for Ford. My car has worked well but I need to make sure the driver does the same tomorrow."

Marcus Gronholm [Peugeot]:

"It was a very slow but very slippery corner [where I went off on SS9 and lost around 40 seconds]. You could have got around it quicker by walking, but we just understeered off. The reason why we lost the time was that it took a while to find reverse gear. I have to say I've not really enjoyed today. There was a lot of fog with conditions changing all the time. It's not the sort of rallying I like, but at least the car has coped very well with the difficult conditions. I don't want to make any predictions about tomorrow because you can never tell in Monte Carlo."

Petter Solberg [Subaru]:

"Actually, I'm quite happy and have the chance of some good points. There wasn't really much more I could do today, but I'm going to see what I can do tomorrow and hope to make some more places. I do feel sorry for Mikko, it was very unlucky that he went off where he did, he seemed to be going well up until that point."

Freddy Loix [Peugeot]:

"We found some better differential settings that gave me more confidence in the car on the afternoon stages. I was quite disappointed yesterday but today is an improvement. The car has been very good but for the last stage I chose tyres that were too soft. I was expecting the weather to be colder, but in fact it was warming up and the tyres lost their efficiency."

Gilles Panizzi [Mitsubishi]:

"I am certainly more comfortable with the car and we are trying to look at different set-ups now. We have changed the shocks absorbers here in service and things are getting better and better. All the time we are learning and every stage is another step to understanding the car."

Notable retirements:

Gianluigi Galli [Mitsubishi]: [retired in SS5 - went off the road]

"We slid and the car ended up half off the road. Then it slipped another couple of metres and it was impossible to get back; there was hardly any damage and mechanically it was fine, which makes it all the more disappointing. We took it steady this morning so I was surprised with our time in stage three, but I felt very confident with the car, even though the conditions were very difficult."

Mikko Hirvonen [Subaru]: [retired in SS9 - spun and damaged car]

"It's a real mystery. I was going steadily to get experience of the rally, and wasn't pushing hard at all. I can understand slipping off the road when conditions are difficult, but I went off on one of the easiest corners of the rally. It was slow speed, second or third gear, and a totally dry road. Maybe I heard the pace note the wrong way, I'm not sure, it's just unbelievable. Of course I'm disappointed, but I suppose you have to accept that from time to time these things just happen in rallying. I'm going to study the on-board film to see if that provides any answers, then it's a case of moving on and trying for a better result in Sweden."

Carlos Sainz [Citroen]: [retired in SS9 - spun and damaged car]

"At the start of the climb up to the Bleine Pass, the road was just damp. There was snow on the sides of the road, and I suppose that the spectators had spread it over the road as they went by. I came across a brown patch, half snow, half mud, which was not in my pacenotes. I went straight, and hit the wall. The front right wheel was too badly damaged to allow me to continue."

Team Principals:

Guy Frequelin [Citroen Sport - team principal]:

"Naturally, I am delighted by Sebastien's performance. However, I am also quite disappointed by Carlos' retirement. It's a pity for him, and a pity for the team, but that's the game. We must now concentrate on getting through the last day without any problems."

Malcolm Wilson [Ford Rallye Sport - team director]:

"Francois has had a superb day in extremely tough conditions. We've seen the rewards of all the hard work that he and St?phane have done in perfecting their pace note system in recent months. I'm a little disappointed for Markko. He had a big scare and it affected his confidence for the rest of the stage. But second and third is a great position to be in. We are too far behind the leader to win the rally unless he has problems so our tactics tomorrow will be to hold onto what we have."

David Lapworth [Subaru World Rally Team - team principal]:

"It's been difficult for Petter today to try and control his urge to go flat out and stick to the strategy of driving for points. Losing two stages today hasn't helped our chance of moving up the field, but nevertheless we'll start tomorrow in a good position and on course to pick up some important championship points. Obviously, it's been a disappointing day for Mikko. I've been impressed with the way he's tackled his first event with the team and it's a shame he should retire after such a small error. But, that's the nature of this event. Mikko's a bright guy and I'm sure he'll put this behind him and focus on a better finish in Sweden."

Sven Quandt [Mitsubishi - head of motorsport]:

"We have made a big step forward compared to yesterday. The car is now running better and better, as you can see from the stage times, and we are closer to our rivals."

Mario Fornaris [Mitsubishi - technical director]:

"We have had fewer problems than initially anticipated, especially when you consider this is the first time the car has run in these conditions."

 

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