The drivers have reacted to stage nine of Rally Italia Sardegna on Saturday, the third of the morning’s four stages.

Missing from the stage is Kalle Rovanpera who has been forced to retire from the event.

Dani Sordo comtinues to lead.

Car #18 T. Katsuta – D. Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC): “The conditions are much better, you have more grip. I expected more grip though, some sections are still slippery so it is still tricky”

Car #8 O. Tänak – M. Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC):”It is the cleaning effect. It is not easy, I had a clean stage and more grip than in the morning. It is all OK”

Car #7 P.L. Loubet – V. Landais (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): “It is so difficult, I struggle with the car. It felt like a broken damper or something like that. Very strange, under braking it was moving so much. Very difficult.” [bits of the car missing in the back]

Car #44 G. Greensmith – E. Edmondson (Ford Fiesta WRC): did not speak

Car #33 E. Evans – S. Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC): “I had quite a bit of movement in the car. I was trying to be clean and tidy, maybe not pushing quite hard enough”.

Car #17 S. Ogier – J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC): “I do not know what it is, I see it was moving there but honestly I focused on the road so I was not distracted”. [top strip of the windscreen loose]

Car #11 T. Neuville – N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): “I touched something 3kms before the end on the front right and I had to slow down the rhythm, I could not carry on at the same speed”

Car #3 T. Suninen – J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC): “I was struggling quite a lot in the hairpins, but there is a reason for that [handbrake issue] I am just trying to keep everything I have and that is all I can doâ€� [front splitter a bit broken]

Car #6 D. Sordo – C. Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): “All is good, no concerns about the car. I took it a little bit careful for the tyres but otherwise all was OK, no problemâ€�

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