Rally de Espana will be a bit different this year as the first day will be driven on a mix of gravel and tarmac. That will make it a bit more challenging as you will have to adapt to different road surfaces. But it is not the first time this year we have had to do that because we faced the same thing in Turkey and New Zealand.
I have an idea how to approach it. Also from what I have heard the gravel base will be quite hard and that should be a plus too.
In the past I never use to go that well on the stages on the Friday in Spain either. There were always a lot of cuts and I always struggled a bit. Those roads won't be there this year now and I can't say I will mind.
Saturday and Sunday meanwhile is more similar to how it has been before and I always felt more confident on those roads anyway.
I have a good feeling going to Catalunya after going so well in France and Germany. I have been fourth two-times in a row on tarmac and now I think I have to set the target higher. I really hope to fight for a podium.
Before that though, we have two tests coming up, one day with the Focus on tarmac – a pre-event test for Spain - and one day with the new Ford Fiesta RS WRC on gravel.
Ford unveiled the new Fiesta at the Paris Motor Show prior to Rallye de France and I have to say it just looks fantastic. It is the best looking rally car I have ever seen. I'm really looking forward to driving it for the first time and if it drives half as good as it looks we are on to a winner.