Despite carrying plenty of extra ballast on his car this weekend at Monza, Yvan Muller says he is confident of trying to extend his lead as the World Touring Car Championship returns to Italy this weekend.

The Frenchman heads into the final race of the European leg of the season having opened up a twelve point lead in the points standings, thanks to a win in the opening race at Imola and a retirement for SEAT team-mate Gabriele Tarquini in race two.

The downside to that lead however is that Muller will now be one of the heaviest cars on the grid at Monza but he said he was still confident of bringing home strong results from the weekend.

"I'm going to be driving one of the cars on the grid with the most ballast," he said. "It's no surprise as I've been doing this at the last WTCC meetings. Driving such a heavy car is going to be a problem for the brakes on such a fast track as well as braking itself, but that doesn't stop me from being confident of getting good results.

"Besides, we'll have a great chance of scoring important points in Monza for the manufacturers' championship if things go as well for us as they did last year."