M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says he expects Robert Kubica to impress when the World Rally Championship heads for Mexico for the third event on the 2014 calendar.
The former F1 racer produced a strong performance in Monte Carlo before crashing out in tricky conditions, although he then finished more than half an hour behind winner Jari-Matti Latvala in Sweden after multiple trips into the snowbanks.
While the altitude of the Mexican stages will add another new challenge for the Pole, Wilson said he fully expected the reigning WRC2 champion to show what he can do at the wheel of his Fiesta WRC.
“We saw great pace from Robert in Monte and we always felt it would be very difficult for him in Sweden if the conditions were like they were,” Wilson told the official WRC website. “But he's looking forward to Mexico. It's an event that tends to bring consistent road conditions and I think that will be good for him. It will give him the chance to really learn the car.
“Very few people have any idea how focused and professional Robert is when preparing for rallies. We'll be doing a test in Spain prior to the event and that will give him time in the car in similar conditions to those we're expecting in Mexico.
“We'll simulate the expected performance and power of the car on the test – something that can be reduced by as much as 30 per cent in Mexico. By simulating that on the test, Robert will know what to expect from the car and that will help him in competition.”
Kubica meanwhile has been handed a reprimand – along with co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak – for failing to follow safety procedures in Sweden after an incident on the third day of the snow event when they went off the road in SS14.
Event stewards deemed that the pair had failed to display a safety triangle to warn following competitors that they were off the road, with Mads Ostberg having said he was given no warning that a car was off the road when he came across the stricken Ford.
Kubica and Szczepaniak must also attend two safety briefings at the direction of the FIA.