Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team driver Thierry Neuville has reiterated that he wants to try and take the fight to 'the Sebs' on Rallye de France.

Neuville has been sensational this season and with another all-asphalt fixture in prospect this week, his preferred surface, the Belgian is looking forward to seeing how he measures up against both Sebastien Ogier, 2013 WRC champion-in waiting and WRC legend, Sebastien Loeb, who returns for his final bow.

Neuville also took the opportunity to compete on the East Belgian Rally last weekend swapping his regular M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC for a Ford Fiesta R2, and while he only finished eleventh overall, it will have helped him get back into the swing of competing on tarmac.

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"I have a really good feeling ahead of this rally, especially as we will be returning to asphalt," said Neuville, who is also mindful that a DNF could seriously damage his chance of finishing second in the 2013 WRC Drivers' Championship.

"We saw in Germany how competitive the [Ford] Fiesta [RS WRC] is on tarmac so we will be hoping to harness that potential once again this week.

"It's a challenging rally, especially when it rains. We saw last year that there were some big cuts and a lot of mud in places, so I think road position will be key, especially over the second pass.

"As I said in Australia, I would like to be able to take the fight to 'the Sebs' but we will need to think cleverly and see where we are after the first day. I am sure both of them [Ogier and Loeb] will be going flat-out but we need to keep an eye on Jari-Matti [Latvala, who is third in the Drivers' Championship].

"Ultimately, we want to maintain our second place in the championship and that is something we will need to be aware of throughout the rally," concluded the Belgian, who has a 19-point buffer over Latvala going into the eleventh round in the championship.