Nasser Al-Attiyah is hoping as he grows in confidence he will be able to push more and more on Wales Rally GB this week, even though he has said he will treat the event with 'respect'.

Al-Attiyah returned to the WRC in Germany a few weeks ago after missing the two events in New Zealand and Finland due to his commitments in the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he claimed the bronze medal in the skeet shooting event. He finished eighth on the asphalt in Trier and is now keen to put in a stronger performance when the WRC heads back to gravel and to an event he has already competed on three times.

"The Germany Rally was difficult for me, but it gave me the opportunity to re-familiarise myself with the Citroen DS3 WRC. I think that this will be a surface on which I'll be more capable of expressing myself though," said Qatar World Rally Team driver.

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"It's not my favourite rally when it rains. In wet conditions, it is very easy to get caught out and end up going off the road.

"[But] the huge advantage we have is that we benefit from the work done by the works [Citroen] team.

"When I get into the car, I know that it has already been very well set up. I will be treating this rally with the respect it deserves and I'll gradually push more and more as I grow in confidence."