"However, everyone in the team is well aware that the good result achieved in Monte Carlo is not yet a true indication of where we lie compared to the opposition,” he cautioned. “The Rally Sweden is totally unique. The speed on the ice and snow is very high. This is only possible with extreme studded tyres, which are only used once a year."
So the challenges in Sweden are unlike any other venue at which the WRC contenders race, and could reveal a lot about the relative strengths - and weaknesses - of both drivers and cars in 2013.
"Every rally is a test for the team," Capito agreed. "The processes in Monte Carlo recently were top-class. We want to follow on from this in Sweden and to continue developing from rally to rally."