Citroen's Mads Ostberg has said his fourth place finish on Rallye Monte Carlo feels like a 'small victory' and he is convinced he could have been quicker.
The Norwegian switched camps over the off-season, trading in his Fiesta RS WRC for a works DS3 WRC and in his debut run with the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team he did pretty well.
Indeed he ran in the top-five for much of the event and although he finished a long way behind team-mate, Kris Meeke in third, he still set some very good times - and was second in SS9 and third in both SS6 and SS10.
“This fourth position feels like a small victory!” confirmed the former Crash.net
columnist at the finish in Monaco. “I must thank the fantastic team that helped us achieve this result. We made some minor mistakes but the conditions were especially difficult. It has been unreal, really tough with so many big challenges. A great weekend though for the first time in this car.”
“I know we could have been quicker on some of the stages,” he added, “but we had to make sure of our position so we didn't take any unnecessary risks. Bring on the snow now at Rally Sweden!”
Citroen team principal Yves Matton meanwhile added: “Mads is not really a tarmac driver. However, he felt confident in the Citroen DS3 WRC straightaway.
“During the shakedown, he said that he had really enjoyed driving on this surface for the first time and he then went on to set some very good times [too].”