Jari-Matti Latvala insists his focus is once again on simply securing a finish as the World Rally Championship prepares to reach the mid-way point this weekend with Rally Sardinia.
The young Finn bounced back from his horrific accident on Rally Portugal to finish sixth in Argentina – despite running into a number of problems during the South American event.
Following the accident in Portugal, Latvala had elected to take a steady approach to the Argentine event and the 24-year-old said he would do the same it Italy to ensure he makes it to the finish on an event he admits is amongst his favourites on the calendar.
"As in Argentina, I will start with the aim of finishing third or fourth,” Latvala – who finished third in the event last season – said. “I was happy with my driving there and hope to repeat that performance in Italy. Sardinia has been good to me and I enjoy driving there, so maybe my target will change as the rally progresses.
"Along with Rally Finland and Rally GB, this is one of my favourite rallies. It's similar to the last European rally we tackled in Portugal, with narrow and fast roads, but without the crests we experienced there. The roads are hard and compact, with a sandy surface on top. It's not so easy for the first cars because if it is dry, then the roads will clean a lot.
“Sandy roads normally cut up during the second pass but because the base is compact, they don't become so rough here. Every year the roads become better, so it's clear the organisers repair them well after each rally."