From General Article [ 22/01/2005 ].
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N° 14 - WARMBOLD / CONNELLY
He has complained about a radio-link problem, and could not hear his co-driver.
N° 11 - SCHWARZ / WICHA
Crossed the finish line with smoke in the cockpit. He thinks the problem comes from the brakes because the discs were alight.
N° 62 - STOHL / MINOR
« I was too cautious. I thought the road would be icier. »
N° 12 - BENGUE / ESCUDERO
« For once, I have stalled neither at the start nor in the hairpins. The car has improved, and the new settings have made it much better. »
N° 9 - ROVANPERA / PIETILAINEN
« The HANS shifted from its position, and it really made things difficult for me. »
N° 4 - KRESTA / TOMANEK
« This was a very difficult stage. »
N° 6 - SARRAZIN / PIVATO
He has had problems during this stage: he spun once and his car’s engine temperature is too high. He is driving with his eyes stuck on the dials and this is breaking his concentration, making him upset. »
N° 10 - PANIZZI / PANIZZI
He too reported problems with the HANS, which shifted on his shoulder around mid-stage. « I can´t drive with this piece of junk, and I am extremely upset. »
N° 61 - AURIOL / GIRAUDET
« This was really very tricky, with dry, icy and frosty portions. I drove too conservatively and I did not enjoy this stage. »
N° 8 - MARTIN / PARK
He complained that his tyres were not the right ones for this stage, being too soft. « The Monte Carlo is not the easiest rally to discover the 307. »
N° 3 - GARDEMEISTER / HONKANEN
« Very tricky. We chose caution. That was frightening! »
N° 5 - SOLBERG / MILLS
« We are not doing well and I don’t know why. The brake problem is apparently solved. »
N° 7 - GRONHOLM / RAUTIAINEN
He thinks the tyres he selected were too hard as it was more slippery than he thought.
N° 2 - DUVAL / PREVOT
« It was very difficult. »
N° 1 - LOEB / ELENA
He stressed how difficult the stage was. « We find ourselves easily in 6th gear on the dry, only to find an icy patch around a bend. Ouch! ». He thanked his ice-notes crew for a job well done.
N° 31 - ANDERSSON / ANDERSSON
« Not good at all. I spun about 4 or 5 km after the start and lost at least 20 seconds. »
N° 33 - KATAJAMAKI / ALANNE
« ANDERSSON’s spin make it possible to catch up with him. »
N° 32 - WILKS / PUGH
Not unhappy with his performance.
N° 37 - SCORCIONI / STEFANELLI
« It was very tough, especially on the brakes. »
N° 39 - CECCHETTINI / DADDOVERI
« I did not choose the right tyres. They were too soft at the rear. »
N° 42 - VALOUSEK / SCALVINI
Punctured his left front tyre after hitting a rock in a bend apex.
N° 34 - BALDACCI / BERNACCHINI
Suffered a puncture and had to change a wheel after the stage.