Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala: ‘I’d like to achieve runner-up again – at least'
“I particularly like the ‘Arena Panzerplatte’ stage. Routes like that have their own unique allure and should feature far more often on rallies. Otherwise, some of the roads are very reminiscent of Finland. There are a lot of wide roads, on which you can really put your foot down.
"I finished runner-up last year – my best result here to date. I would like to achieve at least that again, in order to present our dedicated team with a good result at its home rally.”
Qatar M-Sport’s Mads Ostberg: ‘Our confidence is high after Finland.'
“I think we’ve really improved our performance on asphalt. We made a good step last year and I hope we can continue that development. We’ve changed our driving style slightly and I think that will really help us on Tarmac.
“Our confidence is high after Finland and we know that we have the pace and the car to challenge for the top results. We had a really good test last week]. I’m really pleased with the set-up we found so I am really looking forward to getting back to asphalt.”
Qatar WRT’s Nasser Al Attiyah: ‘There is always a lot to think about here’
“I was really pleased with the result in Finland. The entire team performed perfectly and I am now really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel myself. This is a really good rally with a fantastic atmosphere, but it is also a challenging one.
“The surface can differ a lot from stage to stage so you need to ensure you are confident with the car and able to adapt quickly to the changes. There is always a lot to think about on an event like this – tyres, pacenotes, weather – so the crews need to keep focus all weekend. As always we will drive for a good result. With the team’s expertise, I hope it will be another successful event.”