Britain's Kris Meeke will be focusing on learning when he tackles Rally Sweden for the very first time next week.

Meeke started the 2014 WRC season with a podium on Rallye Monte Carlo last month in his Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT-run DS3 WRC, but knows the trip to Karlstad will be a huge challenge, given he has zero - yes zero - experience of rallying on the 'white stuff'.

"I've never competed on any rally on snow," confirmed Meeke ahead of round two in the 2014 World Rally Championship. "It will be a new experience for me. At least the team know what kind of difficulties I will be up against though. I am going to concentrate on learning and forget about the actual result."

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"I know I'm quick on tarmac and gravel, but I have no real idea about how I'll manage on snow," added the Northern Irishman. "During testing, I'll sit next to Mads [Ostberg - my team-mate] to watch how he drives. And then it'll be down to me to learn about everything: the car, the tyres, and so on.

"Our rivals have a lot more experience than we do. They will undoubtedly go very fast. I'll just have to put that out of my mind so I can learn and progress at my own pace.

"And above all, avoid making any mistakes."

Didier Clement, Citroen's chief operations engineer for the DS3 WRCs, meanwhile noted that getting the set-up right is crucial.

"It's the different road surface conditions that make life complicated for the technical team," he remarked. "If you drive on fresh snow, the spikes have trouble getting any bite and the car tends to weave around on the road. Sheer ice is the ideal surface, with exceptional grip. The lines are very precise and braking is very effective. On frozen gravel and dirt, the spikes break and the tyres are no longer effective."

"The DS3 WRC is very sensitive to changes [too]," he continued. "We need to do a lot of work before the rally to prepare for all eventualities.

"We are used to saying that this rally is won and lost during testing. You need to define a consistent set-up, so that the drivers can go for it right from the word go. On such a quick course, it is very difficult to make up a gap of more than a dozen seconds."