Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"The final stage turned out to be quite difficult; I had to fight with my car to stay on the road, but to have succeeded in increasing our lead in these conditions is all the more satisfying. It's looking good for tomorrow, but the organisers have kept the longest leg of the weekend for the end."

[Speaking in mid-day service] "Road order didn't make any difference this morning. Daniel [Elena] and I pushed as hard as we could, and I think Mikko did the same. Running ahead of them on the road means we don't have a perfect picture of the way the rally is unfolding. We consequently did what we could to pull out a gap because we are in no position to control from in front. The conditions are perfect and I am thoroughly enjoying the fight. We haven't made any mistakes so far and we're having great fun."

"We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with our C4 WRC. These stages are superb and the conditions are excellent. I would even go as far as to say that this is the finest winter rally we have ever contested!"

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"We were both driving at a crazy speed, especially this morning. The grip was consistent and it was fantastic to drive in those conditions. It's an amazing fight, and while I don't enjoy being second, I'm loving this contest. I've not had problems, he's just been faster than me. I need to be faster than him tomorrow. It's not impossible to turn the gap around and I will give it my best shot. It's so close and there are many risks still to be taken. I'm so close to the limit that I started to make small mistakes on the penultimate stage. It's necessary to be absolutely perfect on every corner and I must remember that. I'll be so disappointed if I lose out tomorrow."

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

"It went well this afternoon. Unfortunately I found the right car set-up a little too late. I made the springs softer and that made the suspension more flexible under braking and gave me more traction. I found a good feeling and I'll try to keep the pressure on tomorrow but the time gap is too large for me to challenge the two guys in front. I would love to be battling with them but I have to be sensible and realistic. I didn't find the right feeling this morning and was braking too early. There was no problem with the car and I only had to look in the mirror to see where the problem was."

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

"Today has been great, much better than yesterday and far more enjoyable. The feeling with the car is improved and now I'm really enjoying it; hopefully I'm also putting on a good show for all the Norwegian fans. The stages were in great condition today and the tyres provided fantastic grip. To get ahead of Sordo is a big bonus and the fastest time just topped the day off for me. Now I am the fastest Solberg on the rally; hopefully I can keep it like this tomorrow."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I feel that I made progress this afternoon, but I wasn't able to ward off Henning Solberg who was setting times on a par with those of the two front-runners. We'll see if we can't pass him again tomorrow."

[Speaking in mid-day service] "I stalled twice on SS10, once at the start and a second time in a hairpin. That cost me about half a minute. I also dropped time on SS12, primarily because we were running without the rear anti-roll bar, but also because I really wasn't in the rhythm. I'm still having trouble through the narrower portions. I just need to hang on in there and stay on the road to try to make sure of scoring points for Citro?n."

Petter Solberg [PS WRT-Citroen Xsara WRC]:

[Speaking after SS15] "We have a leak in the gearbox, we can't find it but you can smell the oil. The car went on to three cylinders on stage 14 and it's still not running properly. I hope we can make it back to Hamar tonight."

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

"We haven't gone just as well as yesterday and I think that's because I didn't do these stages in 2007. That meant my pacenotes just weren't as hot as the first day and I didn't have the confidence to push hard. Hopefully tomorrow though we should get the pace back. As a positive, we have had no problems, had a solid drive and moved up a place on the leaderboard."

Urmo Aava [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"I lost the feeling with the car this morning and my times weren't so great but at Service my engineer changed some settings on the dampers and it felt much better for the afternoon. The feeling was really good and it let us push on more. The grip out on the stages is deceptive, the tyres give you really good grip and it's possible to drive much harder than you think."

Mads ?stberg [Adapta AS Subaru Impreza WRC]:

[Speaking after SS15] "I feel better in the car, it's coming. We don't have the problem with the wind screen anymore but on that road [SS15] it was so tough. This is a new car for me I guess we have to take time learning it."

Sebastien Ogier [Citroen Junior Team]:

"We fought hard this morning just to give ourselves the chance of driving the stages in the afternoon! It wasn't easy, because we were coming to these stages at full racing speed for the first time. But I was able to fully concentrate on my driving, so our efforts in the morning certainly didn't go to waste."

[Speaking in mid-day service] "We're just glad to have made it back to service! Our alternator failed on the first stage. We managed to make repairs after the finish, but it failed again on the following test and then packed up for good at the start of the long 27km test. We finished the loop in 'road section' mode in order to consume as little electricity as possible and not run the battery completely flat. It ended up holding all the way to the service-park, although we had to push the car for last 10 metres or so. The problem has cost us a big chunk of time, plus time penalties, but we will be able to return for this afternoon's run. The most important thing here is to get as many competitive kilometres under our belts as we can."

Conrad Rautenbach [Citroen Junior Team]:

"We got a bit too close to a snowbank [in SS14], and so the air intake became blocked. We had to stop to clean everything out and ended the stage with no power. I'm very disappointed, but I'm hoping for better things tomorrow so that we can really demonstrate our capabilities."

[Speaking in mid-day service] "I love these stages and the snow. I'm just disappointed we had to contest them with a problem. Apart from the brakes, though, my car is running very well and I will try to make the most of that second time round."

Evgeny Novikov [Citroen Junior Team]:

"We're losing time in the narrow places. I can't shift gears easily, so the team is looking at the data."

[Speaking in mid-day service] "We had a problem with the gearbox. I wasn't able to shift down and we hit a snow wall. I hope things go better this afternoon."

Patrik Sandell [Skoda Fabia S2000]: [PWRC leader]

"I'm just very satisfied, since there aren't any problems at all, the car is running well and I'm able to focus solely on driving. And that's a lot of fun."

Notable retirements:

P-G Andersson [Skoda Fabia WRC]: [retired from event before SS13 - clutch failure]

[Speaking just before exit after SS12] "I have no clutch and I have also lost two rear bumpers. I am a bit worried now..."

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"S?bastien did an extraordinary job today, very similar to the performance he put in last year in Finland. Two years ago, Mikko Hirvonen took an emphatic win on this rally ahead of Marcus Gr?nholm and S?bastien. This year, all the stage times have been improved and that, I believe, speaks volumes for the ferocity of the scrap that's going on out there. That said, a lead of just 15 seconds is nothing with 126km of competitive action still to come tomorrow. Fighting on two fronts at the same time could be dangerous, so we've asked Dani to hold position and try to reach the finish. If he sees a chance to grab back fourth place, that will be fine, but it won't be a priority."

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

"It has been an incredible fight today and I expect it will be the same tomorrow. The team is in a great position going into the longest day. Although I would like Mikko to be closer than 15sec behind Loeb, there is still everything to fight for."

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

"It has been fantastic for Henning to get a fastest time, especially when there is such a fierce battle for the lead going on; it just demonstrates the potential of the Stobart team for the rest of the season. Today was a good team performance all-round with all three crews improving on their overnight positions and moving up the leaderboard. Tomorrow is a long day though so they can't afford to make any mistakes."

Benoit Nogier [Citroen Junior Team - manager]:

"We've faced a challenging day. Along with our crews, the Citro?n Junior Team is learning all the time. Rally Norway is only our first snow event, and the relationship between the drivers and the teams is developing day by day. We're going to carry on working hard, with the objective - just as was the case in Ireland - of seeing all three cars at the finish tomorrow. S?bastien definitely underlined his determination today, and we equally hope that Conrad and Evgeny will be able to show the best of themselves throughout the long final day tomorrow."