The M-Sport Ford WRC endured a difficult Friday during the Neste Rally Finland where Teemu Suninen finished the day in ninth place overall, 52.6s behind leader Jari Matti Latvala and speaking following the day of action he said:
It’s really hard for a Finn when they’re not fast in Finland, and it’s been a really disappointing day for us. The driving feels good, but we are struggling to find the pace. In the past I have been beating Ogier and Tänak in the same car, so I know I can be fast here. But we are missing something this weekend, and need to do our homework and try to be faster.
Gus Greensmith finished the day in 10th place and over a minute behind the leaders and speaking about his day in the Fiesta WRC he said:
I can’t say today wasn’t enjoyable – it was amazing – but the learning curve was as big as the jumps – massive! Obviously we started off quite cautiously in the morning and the times weren’t really where we wanted them to be. I managed to be there or thereabouts with my team-mate in the afternoon which was really good, but there seems to be a big gap to those further ahead. We’ll try a few different things tomorrow, and I’m sure the time will come to us.
M-Sport Ford Team Principal Richard Millener said:
It’s been a tough day for the team, and when you’re slightly off the pace in Finland it shows. But we’ve got two young and ambitious guys who want to be faster, and we’ll be working to do exactly that as the weekend continues.
“It’s hard for Teemu not to be in the fight – especially on home soil and having come off the back of such a strong result in Sardinia. He lost some aero which put him on the back foot this morning, but he’s still not where he wants to be and we need to work on putting that right.
“Gus has had a really strong day to be fair. This is only his second time in a world rally and he’s approached the challenge exactly as he should. He’s delivered a sensible drive, steadily increased his speed and really wasn’t too far off the pace at the end of the day.