STAGE: SS5 Monti di Alà e Buddusò 2        DISTANCE: 24,70km
Car #69 K. Rovanpera – J. Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1): “[the car feels] Not good, I was expecting it was not that bad. It is really horrible. It is not only the rear, it is the whole car. It is staying up, even in the medium-speed corners it feels like the car is floating all the time. You can not do anything. That is a shame”
Car #11 T. Neuville – M.Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1): ”Transmission failure.” [driving slowly, lost 1min20s]
Car #18 T. Katsuta – D. Barritt (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1): “For sure it is a little bit better, but it is still very slippery in some places. The base is very hard and we did not get such a big improvement in the grip level. I am just trying to be very smart and avoid mistakes, that is the only key for this weekend so I try to be like that. ”
Car #8 O. Tänak – M. Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1): “We are trying very hard. Some things are very difficult to manage. We are trying our best. Since Portugal, the chassis has improved… if it could be exactly where it needs to be then it would be a great car.”
Car #42 C. Breen – P. Nagle (Ford Puma Rally1): ”It has been a good morning. Just one very silly mistake and we dropped more than 10s. It would have shifted the classification. But we have to be quite happy with everything”
Car #44 G. Greensmith – C. Patterson (Ford Puma Rally1): ”It has not been so good. We will take a step at a time. We will make some changes, give it some confidence and we will go again this afternoon. There is still plenty to play for”
Car #6 D. Sordo – C. Carrera (Hyundai i20 N Rally1): “Difficult stage. This stage was very slippery. I tried to manage well. We made some adjustments to the car and now we have a little more grip. It is OK”
Car #4 E. Lappi – J. Ferm (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1): “[When did it happen?] Like 6km before the end. I have no idea why. We did not lose too much, I managed to keep some speed. But it is quite nasty when it is really rough and you do not see the solid rocks. That is what it is. We are here, it did not happen too early so..” [front left puncture]
Car #7 P.L. Loubet – V. Landais (Ford Puma Rally1): “It was OK, I tried to stay in the line. I am sorry I have to go”
Car #16 A. Fourmaux – A. Coria (Ford Puma Rally1): “In the stage, I thought I had a front right puncture because I could not avoid a rock in the rut. I do not know about the front left. It was rough, there were rocks everywhere. We did the last 4kms with the puncture. But it is OK, we did not lose too much” [front left puncture]

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