Andreas Mikkelsen feels tyre strategy will be vital to grab any gains for Rally Argentina, as the Norwegian driver leads the chasing pack aiming to hunt down the undefeated Sebastien Ogier.

The Volkswagen Motorsport II driver has notched up consecutive third place finishes in each of the opening three WRC rounds this season and is once again targeting the rostrum.

"The Rally Argentina is one of my favourites," Mikkelsen said. "I have always had good results and shown good pace there. I expect us to finish on the podium this year - as we have done at the recent rallies. That is definitely my goal."

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The 25-year-old believes tyres could play a telling role on the revised Argentina route but won't get a full picture until the Recce.

"When you look at past rallies in Argentina, soft tyres have been used most of the time," he explained. "I think that will be the best option again this time, despite the changes to the special stages. However, we will only really be able to judge that after the 'Recce'.

"We will obviously have to be ready for fog again. For this reason, we note down alternatives when we are doing the pace notes - just to ensure we are particularly well prepared."

The seven-week break has allowed Mikkelsen to recharge his batteries and he is optimistic ahead of the return to Argentina.

The Volkswagen Motorsport driver will run in near-identical machinery from 12 months ago, when he clinched a fourth place finish, but feels the 2015 upgrades will provide him with the tools to achieve his first WRC podium finish in South America.

"In 2014 we lost a lot of time due to a problem with the light machine, but were still able to fight our way back to fourth place. The long break has done me good, but I am now really looking forward to getting back in the car."