Andreas Mikkelsen says if he can match his third place from 12 months ago at Rallye Monte Carlo he will leave the opening round of the 2016 World Rally Championship delighted as he admits it is an event he doesn't relish.
The Volkswagen Motorsport II driver is gearing up for a sixth consecutive campaign with the German manufacturer having enjoyed the most successful season of his career in 2015 by finishing third in the drivers' championship and taking nine rostrums results, including the highlight of a maiden WRC at Rally de Espana.
Having uncovered unnerving consistency with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC machine - the Norwegian missed out on the podium just four times all year - Mikkelsen will now be targeting his team-mates in the VW manufacturer championship squad; Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala.
Despite this, Mikkelsen feels third place would be a satisfying start to 2016 after grabbing the same result last season.
“I will admit that the Rally Monte Carlo is not one of my favourite rallies,” Mikkelsen said. “I finished third here last year, and that would be an outstanding result again in 2016.”
Mikkelsen will also competing alongside new co-driver Anders Jaeger for the first time in the World Rally Championship and is confident the pair can form a potent partnership at this unique mixed surface rally.
“I will be driving alongside my new co-driver Anders Jæger from now on. It will certainly take a while for us to get up to 100 per cent,” he said. “I have an extremely positive feeling after all the tests with Anders. I am sure we will find our rhythm after a few special stages.”