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

"Victory here would mean everything to me. Conditions were extreme with heavy rain, snow, ice, mud and water - but I'm happy! Today's stages are the most difficult of the rally but the weather made them even harder. In places I couldn't see because my wipers couldn't work fast enough. Loeb will attack tomorrow and I have to be prepared for that, especially on the opening stage where there might be more ice.

"The first stage this morning was very hard but I started to gain confidence on the next test in Myherin and built on that. Pirelli's tyres worked well on the gravel, which they are designed for, but it was hard to stop the car in the ice and snow. It's a shame the stages were shortened and cancelled because they are great roads but it was the right decision. I would have been happy on those roads with winter tyres, but not with this rubber."

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Mud made the second pass even more delicate than the first. The start of SS6 was even delayed because of a hailstorm! Our hard compound tyres weren't exactly in their element in the mud and couldn't provide enough grip. We aren't allowed to 're-cut' the tread patterns either, so we couldn't get extra grip that way. All in all, though, I think we came through the day fairly well."

[Speaking in Service A] "The conditions were really difficult. An off was possible even on the road sections, and running first on the road was a major handicap. We had nobody else's lines to guide us, and there was nothing to warn us of the patches of sheet ice where there was absolutely no grip whatsoever. We chose a pace which didn't entail taking any risks and I think that was the best approach given what's at stake here in the Manufacturers' championship."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]:

"It's been a great day today, and I am very proud to be on the podium overnight; the first time that this has happened for me or Suzuki with the SX4 WRC. This just goes to show that all the hard work we have put in over the year is really starting to pay off. Conditions today have been as bad as I can remember on the Rally GB: even the road sections were slippery! But I've really enjoyed today and I am aiming for another strong run tomorrow."

Mads Ostberg [Adapta WRT Subaru WRC]:

"We had lots of problems in SS6. There was a half spin and a fogged windscreen. But we're still in there and we're still fighting."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"It's been unbelievably difficult today. We were very careful this morning just trying to find out how the roads were and the limit, and we were in a quite ok position. We made some changes in the midday service and on the long stage [SS6] we started fastest, then the screen fogged up so we couldn't see anything. I was driving from Phil's notes, but the stage is very fast so we lost time quickly. I lost I'm sure 14 or 15 seconds so I think we could have been fighting for the lead. When I heard about Chris when we were waiting to start the stage after him it's scary, very difficult. It makes you more cautious. With these tyres and no tread cutting, no gravel crew, full ice and rock hard tyres; I just don't know. I think the next two days will be the same road conditions too."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"The going was extremely tricky this morning. I was on my guard all the time because I wanted to come out of it in one piece. It's not much fun when you have to drive that cautiously but it was the right tactic. All-in-all it turned out to be a good day for us. Everything has gone to plan so far, but driving this cautiously is really not what I enjoy. But the prospect of the reward that possible awaits us on Sunday made it well worth the effort."

Francois Duval [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"We've had a few problems today mainly with the intercom not working but we also had two spins in the long stage. It's very difficult with the ice and after my accident in Japan I'm not fully committed in the fast sections. The ice is making the braking very slippery so the important thing is to be careful out there."

Sebastien Ogier [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"Running 13th on the road meant we benefited from decent conditions. It was obviously nice to set the fastest time and take the lead on our very first WRC event in a WRC car, but the main thing for us this weekend is to gain as much experience as possible and, above all, make it to the finish."

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

"The conditions have been very difficult today and we had a small spin in the long stage. There was lots of rain and fog and it really was very difficult to drive in there. In the morning the grip and feeling with the car wasn't very good but things went better this afternoon; it's been a really hard day and hopefully tomorrow will prove to be easier."

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

"It's been a really long day and a really difficult day and I'm glad to be back here in one piece. The conditions are starting to get dangerous. The tyres are strong but obviously not working well in these conditions; it's a shame we are not allowed to cut them anymore. I'm just hoping that tomorrow will be better we need to get a few good stages under our belt."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

"When the windscreen misted up in the afternoon it was really bad; I could hardly see at all, and I was having to ask my co-driver Tomi about what he could see through the right-hand bends. It got much worse after the watersplash, so some water must have got into the car. But when conditions are good, we can set some nice times so I'm hoping for another strong day tomorrow. It was definitely the right decision to cancel the stages, as the ice was really bad in the morning."

Barry Clark [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"It was important to make sure we got through the day without any mistakes. Some parts of the road looked wet and its actually ice so it's making things very hard. But every day is a new learning experience and every rally I have done has been in different conditions so I am always learning."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"That was a good end to the day - the car is fine and we are looking forward to tomorrow."

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I didn't have confidence in those conditions so I had to learn what to do. They were brutal and staying on the road was the sole objective in most places. Every time I thought I was finding some rhythm, I hit a patch of road which was just pure ice."

Valentino Rossi [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"The condition of the stages this afternoon were bad with the fog and rain but not as bad as the ice from the morning. We improved very much our stage times from the first pass so that has been a very positive improvement. The longer stages are better for me as I can get into a good rhythm and it starts to feel quite good; the car is really fun to drive."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I drove through the famous watersplash near the end of the stage and I knew it would throw the car sideways, but it threw me further than I expected. The car hit a bank and rolled onto its roof. The spectators weren't allowed to help us push the car back onto its wheels and it took us nearly four minutes to get going again."

"Conditions were difficult but maybe I was too steady this morning. While I needed to be cautious, I didn't need to be that cautious. I could see the lines on the road from S?bastien Loeb ahead of me so I followed those and obtained more grip, but it was hard to stop on the ice with gravel tyres. It would have been too dangerous to run the cancelled stages because the grip was changing all the time - from gravel to ice to snow."

Notable retirements:

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]: [retired from event in SS7 - went off the road and sustained a hard blow to his crash helmet]

Chris was airlifted to hospital for observation.

Team principals:

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

"It's probably been the most difficult day's rallying this year, with the weather and Mikko's accident. It was an uncharacteristic error by Mikko - quite unlike him. The good thing is he's still going and the car can be repaired 100 per cent. I'm delighted Jari-Matti is leading and, although our championship aspirations look a tall order, if the conditions are the same again tomorrow then anything can probably happen."

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"I think we've seen two things today. To begin with, despite the appalling conditions, S?bastien, Daniel, Dani and Marc came through it all unscathed thanks to their experience, and their good, solid, reliable drives have put us in a strong position for the title. The other highlight was the remarkable debut of S?bastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia in the premier category. Not only did they show that they are quick in their C4 WRC, but their enthusiasm was nicely rewarded before they later dropped a little ground with a mechanical problem. All three crews face another tough day tomorrow because nothing here in Wales can ever be taken for granted."

Shusuke Inagaki [Suzuki WRT - team director]:

"The rally route has been even more difficult today than we expected, on account of the adverse weather conditions. The areas of ice were completely unpredictable, making for one of the most difficult rallies of the season. In these very tough conditions, our SX4 WRC proved that it was capable of fighting with the world's best and finishing on the provisional podium. Of course there is still a very long way to go over the next two days so we hope to capitalise upon this very promising start."

David Richards [Subaru WRT - managing director]:

"It is deeply unfortunate that Chris and St?phane suffered such a bad accident today. We are in close contact with the hospital and it has just been confirmed that he will be released tonight. That they are both ok is testament to the strength and integrity of our new car and all the work that the team has put into improving the safety features. The stages in mid-Wales have been very tricky and Petter and Phil have done a very solid job to remain well within reach of a podium here."

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

"Its proved to be one of the most difficult days in the championship this year and I know everyone has had some kind of problem but it is good to have all the Stobart cars back with no major issues and in one piece."



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