M-Sport's Ott Tanak says he will try and take the “next step” and give it a “proper go” on Rally Poland next month.
Tanak looked set to finish third in Sardinia last weekend until a transmission issue - a result of a hard landing over a crest – put him out on Saturday afternoon
It was a bitter blow for the 27-year-old and while he did still finish, re-starting the final day under Rally 2 and coming home 14th to secure six manufacturers' points, it wasn't much consolation.
“Obviously it's a big disappointment for the whole team because we've all put in a really big effort and a good result is just what we needed,” Tanak reflected after round six in WRC 2015, “but these things happen. We'll learn from it and just push harder in the next rallies.”
“There are definitely still a lot of positives to take away from this weekend,” he added. “We were struggling a lot in the beginning of the event but we were able to learn and improve as the rally went on which was a really big positive.
“Also when everything was working well, we were right on the pace without having to take too many risks.
“The potential is there and I'm really looking forward to Poland and giving it a proper go. I think I was driving really safely in Portugal, I was pushing a bit more here – with a couple of small moments – and in Poland we can try to do the next step.”
Meanwhile, M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson believes it won't be long until Tanak gets a podium, something he has managed only once to date in his WRC career, back in 2012, somewhat ironically in Sardinia.
“Ott and Raigo [Molder - his co-driver] showed great speed in the new car here – without feeling 100 percent comfortable – and they were extremely unlucky not to come away with the podium they deserved," Wilson stated.
“They have come a long way though in the past couple of events and I'm sure that a podium is just around the corner.”