The 31-year-old Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver was recently in Rovaniemi - the same location for next month's Arctic Rally Finland - to participate in the Arctic Rally Lapland, finishing sixth alongside former world champion co-driver Timo Rautiainen in a Citroën DS 3 World Rally Car.
Prior to the event, he spoke of his hopes for the then-upcoming rally, as well as his excitement at the news that the WRC would be heading north of the Arctic Circle for the championship’s only pure winter rally, set to take place on similar snow-covered roads to those used in Arctic Rally Lapland.
The move to Rovaniemi was brought about following the cancellation of Rally Sweden due to Covid-related issues.
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“I think it is really, really great news. Obviously, there were some rumours it could be happening but now it’s confirmed and I’m really happy,” he enthused.
“Obviously, it is a good thing for Finland and I’m sure all the guys driving here – all the teams – they are going to love the place. The stages here are so unreal. You need to see and feel them to actually acknowledge how beautiful of a place this is.”
Arctic Rally Finland will take place from 26 - 28 February.