Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has said he will change his approach and try and take 'a few steps back' on Rally Argentina this week.

The Pole, who made his debut in the World Rally Championship last year and who won the WRC2 title, has had a lot of bad luck since stepping up to the highest level in the WRC and in Portugal last month suffered his third retirement from four events. His sights are now firmly fixed on reaching the finish this Sunday and he is determined to learn as much as he can from the WRC's voyage to South America and gain vital experience behind the wheel of his M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC that will allow him to progress at future events.

"Argentina will be another new and difficult event for me, but I am hoping that it will be better than the previous rallies. Our goal stays the same, and we want to get to finish," said Kubica.

"I will try to change my approach - going back to the way I tackled events when I first began my WRC career. Driving on gravel I must focus more on survival and getting to finish as opposed to driving as fast as I can. There are too many variables and surprises that can often catch out inexperienced drivers. That is why I think a few steps back will do me no harm," he continued.

"The things that are happening now are not a nice experience, but at the same time, they are not unusual. I think my winning the WRC2 category last year with so little experience was much more unusual! Most drivers who are experiencing these stages for the first time compete in much less powerful cars. I am driving one of the best cars in the championship alongside the best rally drivers in the world amidst conditions I have never previously experienced. This is the highest level, I need to remember that.

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"When I made the decision to go rallying, I knew what I was getting into and I cannot allow the past few months to write-off my goals and ambitions. It is true that it has not been the luckiest start to the season for me, but I believe it will get better.

"The most important thing is to make the most of this experience and learn from it. I am sure that better times will come."