Mads Ostberg says M-Sport had been 'expecting a bit more' from its Ford Fiesta RS WRC challenger on the first gravel event of 2016 but is pleased with his promoted third place at Rally Mexico.
After an underwhelming start at the Central American event the Norwegian discovered his rhythm and moved up the order as his rivals faltered on the high-attrition stages. After finishing fourth overall Ostberg received a post-rally promotion on to the podium after Dani Sordo was handed a two-minute time penalty for using 29 tyres – one more than the permitted 28.
Despite the late surprise of good news – which sees Ostberg take two podiums from the first three rallies in 2016 – he says he still expected more from after finishing over five-and-a-half minutes off winner Jari-Matti Latvala.
"It's been a difficult rally but we have really enjoyed it and I was happy to finish in fourth place. Of course with Dani's penalty we have now been promoted to third, but the result is still the same for me,” Ostberg said. "I think we have driven well all weekend and we've secured some good points for the championship. The set-up is also working really well on gravel, but I think it's also fair to say that both myself and the team were expecting a bit more.
"We know that we have some work to do and we have some ideas that will hopefully allow us to be more competitive at the next events. We want to be challenging at the top, and I think everyone is capable and determined to achieve that.”
After Andreas Mikkelsen crashed out of Rally Mexico Ostberg jumped to second in the WRC drivers' championship 35 points behind Sebastien Ogier.