Mikko (3rd) said:

“This morning has been really good. We’ve made some small changes to the car since France and everything is working well. Also I was never so confident with the old tyre on Tarmac – I found them a little too precise and it was difficult to judge where the grip would be and how hard you could push. This one works much better for me.

“Of course I’m sure everyone else will learn and lift their pace, but our car is working really well with these tyres. Andreas [Mikkelsen] will push and will be learning all the time, but let’s see what we can do.

“I’m not going to let him get away without a fight. I had a really good rhythm in the long stage [SS9] and other than the brakes over-heating slightly in the last one [SS10], it was a great morning so let’s see if we can keep it up.”