The 30-year-old Also was in the short trial (1.9 km), eight-tenths faster than the French champion and world CHAMPIONSHIP leader Sébastien Ogier (Citroën). The Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai) was 1.1 third.
The Frenchman Sébastien Loeb (Hyundai) lost on the slippery roads for six seconds, and is only sixteen. Snow and ice are not the favorite terrain of the ninefold world champion. He won the rally only once. Neuville won last year in Sweden.