Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans goes into this weekend’s Rallye Monte Carlo FIA World Rally Championship action leading the event by 7.4s over his team mate and defending champion Sebastien Ogier and speaking following the action the Welshman commented saying:

When conditions get more extreme, more slippery, I’m struggling for that last bit of feeling and I don’t get the confidence I need to push. “Seb had a fantastic day. He took a lot of risks and maybe I didn’t take quite enough. We know there’s a small advantage to running first on the road, but to be fair to him that wasn’t 16sec.”

Evans went on to say:

“Even though we’re leading I’m not completely satisfied with the day, to be honest. Seb has driven very well today and it’s been difficult to keep up with his times. In some sections I was able to do quite well, but when the surface gets more slippery I’m struggling to feel the grip and I don’t get the confidence to push more in those areas. Hopefully we can make some changes and be in a better position in those conditions tomorrow. It’s been a difficult rally with the conditions so far and it sounds like there’s the possibility for more interesting weather overnight, so it’s not going to be easy all the way to the end.”

Sebastien Ogier commented on his day saying:

“After the difficult start yesterday, I was able to wake up this morning and have a good rhythm from the first kilometres. It was a difficult start on the first stage with some fog and a lot of icy sections. But I was happy with the car and it was much more enjoyable to drive now that I had the confidence. This afternoon the roads were more muddy as expected, but with the winter tyres on it was still nice to drive. I think we were pretty unlucky in the penultimate stage where we lost a lot of time, but other than that I think we’ve done the best we could do today. I came here to win this rally and I’m going to do everything to make that happen.”

Kalle Rovanpera who went into Friday’s action in second place has dropped down to fourth and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“I had a good feeling this morning. It started with a tricky stage but we managed quite well. Then we had a small issue on the road section and we couldn’t make it on time to the next stage but at least we got it fixed. In the first stage after service in the beginning there was a really big cut with a lot of mud: I was expecting a bit more grip from the tyre, and we had a spin and took us some time to get back on the road. I’m pretty happy with the driving, but with the time penalty and this small off it’s quite a big gap we have given away.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC Team Principal Jari Matti Latvala commented on the day of action saying:

“After today I can say that I am more nervous watching the stages from the service park than what I used to feel as a driver! But we can be very happy with our day. All of our drivers have been doing a really good job in these conditions. Elfyn has been doing a very consistent and clean drive. Seb lost some time but he really fought back on the final stage with an amazing time, and Kalle was showing great speed as well but just slid off on some mud. These are some of the challenges that the drivers face on this rally and I’m sure there will be more to come, but overall I’m very pleased at the moment.”

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