Sat 05 Mar 2022

Breen: ‘Pressure played no part in Sweden mistake’

Craig Breen believes he paid a high price for a small mistake at last week’s Rally Sweden – and dismissed suggestions that leading the M-Sport Ford team placed pressure on his shoulders.

Breen twice buried his Ford Puma Rally1 into the snow in the second stage. The second error forced him out of the opening day, but he was back to land a single point from the Wolf Power Stage on Sunday.

That result came in direct contrast to his team debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo, where he finished third behind winning team-mate Sébastien Loeb and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Sébastien Ogier.

“It was a tough rally,” said Breen. “It was fairly well over on Friday in terms of a result, but we have learned a lot about the car through the rest of the event.”

Asked about the pressure of leading the team, Breen said: “I’ve never really given that much thought to be honest. The most pressure for me was the Thursday before Monte. There was so much anticipation for that rally.

“I don’t think [leading the team] was making more pressure on this rally. Like I said, it was just a very small mistake and on this rally, if you’re first on the road, you pay a huge price for it.”

Breen added that he was now looking forward to next month’s Croatia Rally (21 - 24 April).

“We’re quite lucky that we had a fairly dry Monte,” he said. “Going back to the Tarmac again, there’s a lot that I’m interested to try for that rally. There are lots of positives to take looking forward.”

Video: Breen goes into a snow bank
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