Mikko Hirvonen says he is excited about the prospect of making his return to M-Sport ahead of the opening round of the 2014 World Rally Championship season in Monte Carlo.

The Finn rejoined the team over the winter after two seasons with Citroen and will now spearhead the team's challenge for the title during the year ahead.

Hirvonen goes into the season-opener having had the chance to get back behind the wheel of the Fiesta RS WRC during a pre-event test and he said he was hoping for at least a podium finish on his ninth Monte Carlo outing.

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"I'm really excited to be back with the team and back in the Fiesta," he said. "As soon as we got back behind the wheel we had a good feeling with the car and it is that kind of thing that can really help. Of course there is always room for more testing and it would have been nice to have a few more days after two years away, but I feel as though we are ready for the challenge.

"Monte-Carlo is a difficult event. The conditions can be so changeable and you often have to make compromises with the tyres. We didn't have much snow for our test and it was actually quite mild, so if the weather stays like that I would be quite happy.

"We need to see what happens, but a podium will definitely be in my mind. This season will be a little different, and I think we can look to take a few risks in the beginning. We need to see what happens, but I am here to be competitive and if we can secure a podium finish it would be a very good result for us."