Subaru's Mikko Hirvonen has pledged to 'push' this weekend on the Uddeholm Swedish Rally, his second outing in the Impreza WRC.

He has also revealed that Monte Carlo was a positive event for him, despite going out on day two, when he damaged his Impreza in the ninth stage, mainly because he is now feeling at 'one' with the car.

"Monte Carlo was good for me," explained the Finn, "I gained so much from the event, got to know all the people in the team and saw how it all worked.

"The atmosphere in the Subaru service area felt good and that will definitely make it easier for me from now on.

"I'm learning all the time about the car, picking up small things about how it handles on ice, snow and tarmac etc. and that is building my confidence. It's a case of the car becoming part of you and I'm definitely feeling part of the car now, so it's good."

As for this weekend, the focus will be on finishing in the top ten and gaining further experience with the Impreza WRC.

"I finished the Sweden rally in eleventh position last year [with Ford], and coming from nearby Finland I'm used to driving in snowy conditions," he added, "We'll have to see what happens.

"I'm not thinking about the result so much, but I'm going to push, try to do as well as I can and get some points for the team."

 

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