Mads Ostberg is hoping he will be able to adopt a 'different plan' on Rally Argentina next month and push a bit more.
Ostberg took his second podium of the season in Portugal last weekend in his Citroen DS3 WRC car and he now wants to go try and go to the next level when the 2014 WRC season resumes in South America in a few weeks time.
“Maybe,” he replied when asked if he can win in Argentina. “I don't know if we have a different plan for there. I did a mistake in Mexico and if we didn't do the mistake in Mexico then we would have had a good plan here.
“[But] we needed points, we needed to be careful to get to the podium and that's not so easy in the WRC. I hope, after this result, we can change and try to push some more.”
Quizzed further on his third place in Portugal, he reiterated that he was happy with it: “I think so,” continued the former Crash.net
columnist. “When the rally is over we see we have done what we came to do. When you come to do a rally, you always have a plan before, but it can get boring to follow the plan. It's always frustrating when you want to do something, but then you have the boring plan and you have to follow the boring plan.
“But, it paid off quite well, although I was slower than the other two guys here [on the podium - Sebastien Ogier and Mikko Hirvonen]. We did our clever strategy to save tyres - we lost some time [on Saturday] and saved them for today [Sunday]. We had good tyres, but it didn't work and we didn't win the Power Stage, but we did finish the rally with the best tyres.”
As for if he felt under more pressure after team-mate Kris Meeke crashed out in the final stage on Friday, Ostberg said that definitely had an effect: “Not immediately, but when I started to think about it and discussed it in the team it became even more important that I get to the end and take the podium,” he explained.
“It was maybe a bit harder, but we did the job very well in the car – we stayed relaxed and focused; I'm happy with that,” he concluded.