Rallye Monte-Carlo 2014 in quotes

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Here's what the drivers had to say after this year's rally.

Sebastien Ogier began his 2014 season in the perfect way by winning in treacherous conditions at the Rallye Monte-Carlo. This is what Ogier and the other drivers had to say for themselves during the rally.

On the first corner of the first stage there was small slush on the road. We understeered into a wall.

 Turns out it wasn’t all plain-sailing for Sebastien Ogier – but it was mostly plain sailing!

This rally has been so crazy. If I can finish this rally with no mistakes, I think I can do it on any rally.

Like many drivers at this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, Kris Meeke was just relieved to get his Citroen DS3 to the finish line. The Northern Irish driver also netted his first ever WRC podium.

There were six or seven guys just stood around with their hands in their pockets. Mikko [Markkula, Mikkelsen’s co-driver] and I were out of the car shouting: ‘come on guys, please can you help us?’

Andreas Mikkelsen was unimpressed by the work rate of the spectators after he slid off the road on SS10.

We missed part of the road on the recce and didn't have any pacenotes. We had to borrow some from Francois Delecour. They were not perfect for me.

Early rally leader Bryan Bouffier doing a bit of creative pacenote borrowing/stealing to get through SS11.
 

This was the only thing we didn’t have to do, to go out on the first stage. But I felt like I had a good rhythm.

The dents in both Thierry Neuville’s brand-new Hyundai i20 WRC and the French telegraph pole it careened into would suggest otherwise, after the Belgian indeed crashed out on SS1.

I tried to push hard in there and I had a problem at the start as my lights weren't working…I am really happy to see the finish line.

Jari-Matti Latvala, a man who pushes even when his lights aren’t working. That’s what the Finns call sisu – we call it ballsy.

Difficult weekend for us and unlucky at the end... Hope that we have a better rest of season. MC done, can't wait for Sweden now!

Poor Mikko Hirvonen. After a tricky rally for the Finn, his car packed up midway through the last stage, denying him sixth place.

For more from this year's Rallye Monte Carlo, head to our dedicated event page.