Thursday | 19 Feb 2015

Tänak's safety- first Sweden

Ott Tänak believes his fourth place at last weekend’s Rally Sweden can provide the platform to kick-start his WRC season.

The Estonian delivered a mature drive in M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta RS, his only blemish being a 20sec trip into the snow early in the first leg.

I made a mistake in SS2 and that interrupted my rhythm but we decided to take a step back in speed and recovered well. There was quite a big gap to the drivers ahead so we settled for where we were. It was the right decision,” he told

“A couple more rallies without major problems like this and then we can start to think about pushing a bit more,” said Tänak, who returned to the British squad this year after two years away from the top flight.

Fourth was the perfect tonic after the opening round Rallye Monte-Carlo in which Tänak showed plenty of pace but only finished 18th after spending 18 minutes down a bank.

“Competition was tight and that brought mistakes from some drivers. Our road position wasn’t the best early on but we regained confidence and the result was quite good,” he said.

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