Evans dominated last year’s Rally Sweden, leading from start to finish. He arrives in Lapland after claiming second place at last month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, and a repeat of his 2020 win would represent the best start to a WRC season for a British driver.
“You start every rally looking for the best possible result,” said the Toyota Gazoo Racing driver, “and that’s certainly the case when you’re coming to a [type of] rally where you had a good result the year before.
“It was quite tricky at times with the conditions [last year] but this week should be more straightforward. We’ve come a long way north and the conditions here look stunning.
“Obviously we’re starting with a new tyre with the Pirelli and that will take a little bit of time to get used to, it’s working differently to the Michelin we’ve had for a long time before.
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“It’s difficult to make a direct comparison with the tyres – we tested the Pirelli in very different, much colder conditions to what we saw in Sweden last year.”
Like his championship-leading team-mate Ogier, Evans hopes there is no more snow before Friday afternoon’s opening speed test.
“If we get a lot of fresh snow, we’ve seen it can be a disadvantage running further up on the road,” added Evans, who starts the opening leg second in the order.
“But let’s see what happens. I had a really good feeling with the car in Sweden last year, that’s what I’m looking for this week.”
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