Tuesday | 14 Jan 2014

Ostberg prays for snow

Citroen driver Mads Ostberg has admitted he’s praying for as much snow as possible on this week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, as he looks to successfully kick off a new chapter in his career at the wheel of a DS3 WRC.

The Norwegian will join his team-mate Kris Meeke in making his debut for the French squad when the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship gets underway on Thursday. He hopes the asphalt roads that will greet the crews are nice and slippery.

He said: “I haven’t done a lot of miles in the car yet, but I had a good feeling in testing. The test gave me the chance to experience just about everything that might be thrown at us during the rally and I think I fared pretty well with slick tyres on the snow – although it was sometimes more a question of survival than of racing. If I could choose the weather, I’d ask for as much snow as possible.”

Meeke, meanwhile, is only focusing on getting to Saturday night’s finish.
“Understanding the road, being able to read the surface conditions and reacting accordingly, is the best way to do well here,” the Briton explained. “It’s pointless aiming for a particular result. The goal is to be consistent, not make any mistakes and focus on the main priority, which is to make it to the finish. If everything goes well, your efforts will be rewarded by a good result.”