Sweden marked a first for the World Rally Championship with the use of a qualifying procedure to set the running order for the opening day. I think it is a good thing, and it also adds some excitement for both drivers and the spectators. I have to admit there was a lot to take into consideration before making the decision in terms of where to start, but it was fun thinking about it and it adds another element to it.
Now it is on to Mexico next month and I am really looking forward to going there. It will be my first event with the Fiesta RS WRC on gravel and I have always enjoyed the stages in León. It is going to be even more exciting this year for me too, with the new car - one that is so very, very good.
Rally Mexico has a great atmosphere and the amount of spectators, combined with the great stages, just makes it a fabulous event.
The start in Guanajuato is also something really special. It is only a 1.05 kilometre test, but the ambience is electric.
Before all that we will do a one-day test in Europe and that will be important for us to finalise the set-ups before the third round. I've done well in Mexico in the past, winning in 2005, as well as coming second in 2006 and 2010 and last year I was fourth. As always though, I'll be aiming for another podium this time round.
Until next time,
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