Volkswagen motorsport director Jost Captio believes it won't be too long now before Andreas Mikkelsen wins a WRC event.
Mikkelsen claimed the second podium of his WRC career on Rally Poland
last weekend following a good battle with his team-mate and 2013 World Rally Champion, Sebastien Ogier.
Although he slipped back on Saturday and eventually finished more than a minute back - losing over 30 seconds in the penultimate test on day three due to brake problems - it was still a very good drive from the 25-year-old.
“I think Andreas has shown great maturity [here] and is ready to win a WRC event,” Capito said following the seventh round in WRC 2014.
“He has the speed to match Seb and Jari-Matti [Latvala – his VW team-mates] and he is getting in a position to win a rally.”
Mikkelsen, who won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in both 2011 and 2012, also believes that his first WRC win is not too far away.
“We are getting closer and closer,” added the Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot.
“The potential is there but there are [still] things to improve. It may take time but, hopefully, it is not too far away.”
“I feel confident with the speed we are doing,” he continued. “Ola [Floene – my co-driver] [re-]joined me in Sardinia and it clicked back into place. We had six years together before and it feels good [to have him back alongside me calling the pace-notes].”