Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen has said he wants to do 'at least' as well as he did in Germany this weekend on Rallye de France-Alsace.

Hirvonen finished third in Trier back in August and while he followed that up with another P3 finish in Australia earlier this month, he was unlucky not to take the runners-up spot, denied the place by a late puncture.

"It seems that I have become a real tarmac specialist," joked the Finn ahead of the eleventh round in the 2013 World Rally Championship, in reference to the fact he has now enjoyed a run of six podium finishes in succession on tarmac, stretching back to the 2011 edition of Rallye de France.

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"If we want to stay in the fight for the Manufacturers' title [and beat Volkswagen], we have to score heavily with both cars. My aim will therefore be to do at least as well as in Germany," he confirmed.

Despite his ambitions, however, Hirvonen knows the event won't be a walk in the park and he is also wary of what the weather might do too.

"This rally isn't an easy one, because there are a lot of changes in road surface. And if it rains, it can become even trickier..." he concluded.