RK M-Sport World Rally Team's Robert Kubica will take to this week's Rally Italia Sardegna with one goal in mind - further progress behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Having conquered the challenge of Rally Argentina, the Pole will be keen to continue his development on the island of Sardinia. As one of the most technically demanding events of the year, however, Kubica will need to apply all that he learnt in South America. Finishing in a creditable sixth place, he finally produced a highly-controlled performance but, as with any true racer, he will be keen to up his pace and continue his progress at the FIA World Rally Championship's highest level.

Sardinia may be a prime location for the world's rich and famous, but it is also ideal rallying territory. The gravel stages are extremely fast but also demand an air of caution. Huge rocks and tree stumps line the route, ready to turn even the slightest of mistakes into a costly error. Kubica and co-driver Maciek Szczepaniak made strides with their pace-note system in Argentina, and are keen to develop it further as the WRC returns to Europe.

"Like all of the gravel events in the WRC, this is a difficult rally so, in that respect, my approach won't be too different from the previous outing in Argentina," the Pole commented, "Of course, Sardinia is a rally that I got to know a bit in WRC2 last year, but my goal will stay the same. I will just try to maximise my chances of finishing the rally, which means minimising any mistakes.

"All of the stages are very technical and the surface is sandy, so it is quite slippery out there. All of the stages are fast - very fast in places - but it is also extremely narrow so you have to drive very precisely and try to get as much speed through the corner while keeping the line. There really is no margin for error."

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