Mikko (2nd) said:

“It’s been an OK morning. Sebastien [Ogier] was really fast on the long stage [SS9] but other than that, it’s still really close.

“We were ready to take some time back through the final stage [SS10], but unfortunately Ott [Tänak] had an issue and blocked the road. It’s a shame, but there’s still a long way to go and we’re certainly not going to give up on chasing him down.

“We’re going to have a hard decision to make about tyres now, but whatever we opt for and whatever the conditions, we will fight.”