Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen says he will be "free to drive the way he wants to" and will be aiming for a podium on Rally Australia next week.

The Norwegian took his third rostrum of the season last month on Rallye Deutschland and with a 36 point lead over Mads Ostberg in the battle for third place in the Drivers' Championship now has a bit of a cushion.

"I am really looking forward to Australia. Now, we have quite a good gap to fourth place in the championship, I think I can go to Australia without pressure on my shoulders. I can drive the way I really want to," he said.

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"For sure, the aim in Australia is a podium finish," he added. "That should be possible and if we can fight for more, it would be perfect.

"Australia will be tough," he continued, "but I feel more comfortable on gravel than on tarmac, so why not [go for it]."

Looking back on the event in Germany, he explained that he treated it as something of a test.

"We knew Rallye Deutschland was going to be tough. I didn't feel comfortable coming into it, so I decided to consider this event as a small test, get through it and get the mileage on tarmac," he confirmed.

"Last time I did an asphalt rally that was in Spain [last year], where I did 2.5 stages and I went off. I needed the mileage in Germany and we did well, so hopefully this gives me a good feeling for the next tarmac round [coming up in France]."