Stories that are making the news in the Rally de Espana service park midway through leg 3:
- Reports from the stages in the hills above Salou indicate the wind is increasing and dust should not be as big a problem during this afternoon’s second pass.
- Leader Jari-Matti Latvala admitted he must caution his desire to win the rally against the need for points in his battle for the runners-up spot in the drivers’ championship with Thierry Neuville. “It’s not victory or nothing. There are still the championship points to consider,” said the Finn.
- Mads Ostberg said the clouds of hanging dust in the morning stages reduced his speed by up to 100kph in some sections. However, the Norwegian was happier on gravel after two tough days on asphalt. “This morning wanted to prove we are fast and I think we’ve managed to do that,” he said.
- This morning’s opening special stage was the first time Hayden Paddon had driven his Ford Fiesta RS on gravel. “In hindsight it would have been better to have tested on gravel instead of asphalt because the car feels so different to what I have driven before,” said the New Zealander.
- Nasser Al Attiyah did not restart today’s leg because his Ford Fiesta RS (pictured) was too badly damaged in a high-speed crash on Saturday. Al-Attiyah left the road in fifth gear and rolled five times on SS8. He and co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini escaped injury but Bernacchini described the accident as the biggest of his career.