One tenth is all that lies between Mads Ostberg of Citroën Racing and Hyundai Motorsport’s Dani Sordo. Despite that, Mads is taking care of business as if that tenth did not exist – he’s taking the positives (one of which was the fact that he managed to survive the difficult day) and is looking forward to tomorrow. Twentyfive seconds is a lot, but it’s also one complicated spin or a puncture. Mads is in a very good position, it’s up to him to grab that chance.
Mads Østberg: “It was a good day. We managed to stay with the leaders. We lost a bit of time on the first stage of the second loop. I don’t think we made the right tyre choice. We went for hard tyres but the roads were still pretty damp. But it wasn’t an easy call to make. I’m pleased with how the day went and it looks good for tomorrow.”
Kris Meeke: “We braked a bit late into a right-hand corner. It was a spot where there wasn’t much grip and where Elfyn Evans went off this morning. The notes just weren’t accurate enough.”
Khalid Al Qassimi: “We worked on the set-up of the Citroën DS3 WRC throughout the day. I had a better feeling and was more comfortable in the afternoon. We made some changes to the springs, the clicks and adjusted the ride height. I was able to push more in the quick sections and remain cautious in the narrower, more technical sections. I know I can go more quickly but I don’t want to put myself under pressure. We’re going to keep working on the car to prepare for tomorrow.”