M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says he is excited about his team's prospects for the 2014 World Rally Championship season ahead of the opening round of the year this weekend in Monte Carlo.

The Ford team heads into the new season with an all-new line-up having re-signed Mikko Hirvonen to partner WRC2 graduate Elfyn Evans, while former F1 racer Robert Kubica will also be run by the team under the RK M-Sport World Rally Team banner.

Having failed to secure a victory last year, M-Sport will now aim to challenge for honours during the year ahead and Wilson said he was sure that his three drivers would be able to impress on the stages.

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"I'm really excited about this season," he told Crash.net during the Autosport International show in Birmingham. "We have a different combination for 2014 but it is an exciting one and we have to be realistic.

"I think Sebastien Ogier will be favourite for every event, but we are bringing Mikko back, I know how well he can drive and we hope that he can challenge and keep the pressure on because that is when Sebastien could make a mistake.

"Elfyn has a great opportunity but we aren't putting any pressure on him to perform because we have a long-term plan with him and it is important that he is finishing events and scoring points. If he can get a podium before the end of the year then it would be fantastic, but there is no pressure to achieve that. I'm confident he can go all the way in future, and we just need time to develop him.

"As for Robert, it is just incredible to see his work rate, his commitment and to see how he is applying himself within the team. He is a very special driver and I have no doubt that on a tarmac event in the second half of the year, maybe in Spain or France, he can challenge for a win."

Hirvonen's return 'home' comes on the back of two challenging seasons with Citroen, where he picked up just a single win at the wheel of the DS3 WRC.

The Finn will hope to try and rediscover his form with the British-based and Wilson tipped the 33-year-old to soon have a smile back on his face.

"I want to see Mikko showing what he showed when he last drove one of our cars," he said. "He has been in a difficult place for the last few years and I want to see him getting out of the car with a smile on his face.

"If I see that then I know he will be driving as well as he can, and I'm confident he will be in there challenging for victory."