Upbeat Mikkelsen eyes Portugal
Mexico podium boosts confidence for new-look rally
Kubica got off to a strong start in Mexico, but clipped a bank and rolled when he was on course to take the lead from Sebastien Ogier on Friday’s second stage.
“It was a bit of a mixed rally for us - with the mistake in El Chocolate and a few too many punctures - but in other places we showed good speed,” he told wrc.com. “Mexico is not an easy rally so experience there is very important. This year I learned how to cope with some more situations.”
Part of Kubica’s challenge was to get used to the Pirelli tyres he switched to this year. “After the mixed tarmac in Monte Carlo and the snow of Sweden, Mexico was the first rally on gravel with Pirelli,” he explained. “We have to adapt because the tyres work in a completely different way, with different characteristics. We tried to improve the balance and behaviour of the car, and we will see in Argentina how we got on. For sure we will be better with the experience.”
“Argentina has been good to me in the past - and last year my finish position was good, even if my driving wasn’t - but this year about 95 per cent of the route is new, so it will be like a new rally. My plan is to gain more experience, do a smooth rally and improve the package,” he added.