The M Sport Ford WRC team’s Esapekka Lappi said he had a tough second day of Rallye Monte Carlo.

The Finn ended Friday in fifth place overall but was unable to unlock the speed from the car to show its potential and the team hope he can make up for that on Saturday.

Speaking following Friday’s action the Finn said:

“It has been quite a tough day for us. We’re learning a lot of new things, but still we were expecting to be a bit closer. We wanted to close the gap, but we’ve been consistently losing the same amount to the top guys stage after stage. We’ll work with the team to understand where we’re losing and how to find a solution, and hopefully we can be better tomorrow.”

Gus Greensmith had a disappointing day as a slow speed spin put his Ford in a ditch meaning he was forced to retire from the day but thanks to incredible work by the M Sport technicians he is back for today’s action.

Teemu Suninen returned to action on Friday following a transmission failure on Thursday.

The Finn enters Saturday’s action in 16th place overall and speaking following Friday’s activity he said:

“After what happened yesterday, today was just about driving through the stages and getting the experience. It was tricky with the conditions this morning as they had changed quite a lot from when the route note crews went through, but it was better this afternoon and we were able to make some different choices with the tyres which should give us good knowledge for the future.”

M Sport Ford Team Principal Richard Milener said:

We’re still not where we want to be, but you can see in some of the splits that the speed is there. We’re just losing too much to the top guys in some of the trickier sections and need to understand why that is. The potential is there and we know what Esapekka and Teemu are capable of – we just need to keep at it and hopefully we’ll see an improvement tomorrow.

“Elsewhere in WRC 2, we’ve seen another impressive performance from Adrien. Setting the fastest time through four of today’s six stages he continues to prove his speed as well as the performance of the Fiesta R5 MkII; and I think he’s going to be one to watch as the season continues.”

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