Loeb is 27.0s in front with three stages of day two remaining at the wheel of his Citroen DS3 WRC.
He said: “It’s not more pressure but it’s also not the time to relax. In this type of road when it’s really tricky and you relax a bit you lose a lot of time. I am in a situation when I can accept to lose a bit of time in some places but I have to continue to push even though I know my lead is quite comfortable.”
Loeb also acknowledged the continued threat posed by Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala in second place. Latvala starts the 43.45-kilometre Pays d’Ormont test on the back of his second stage win of the day.
“Jari-Matti is still very fast and it’s a long way to go,” said Loeb. “There is still the long stage this afternoon. It’s very tricky and you still need to be concentrated and keep the rhythm for that.”