Mads Ostberg has said to have a good Rallye Monte Carlo you need to have the best possible preparation, as the Norwegian looks ahead to his second season with Citroen Total Abu Dhabi team.

The 2015 World Rally Championship begins this week with Rallye Monte Carlo and Ostberg sees the race's unique conditions as one of the trickiest of the whole season.

"Monte Carlo is potentially the most difficult rally of the year," Ostberg said. "Depending on the conditions, you can have dry tarmac, wet tarmac, shiny 'black top' tarmac, ice and snow, sometimes all with the same tyres.

"It can be a big challenge. In order to have a good Monte Carlo, you need to make the right tyre choices, have good pace notes, good gravel crews and the right team."

The Norwegian driver enjoyed a successful 2014, scoring four podiums in his first year in the Citroen DS 3 WRC, and returns for the new season full of confidence.

"I felt good at the end of the 2014 season and continuing with the Citro?n Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team is very positive," he added. "I learned a lot last year with a new car and a new team."

The 27-year-old will be joined in Monte Carlo by nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb, who will also drive for Citroen in a one-off race at Monte Carlo. Ostberg will also team mate Kris Meeke for the 2015 season.

Ostberg has remained coy about his personal goals for 2015 but is hoping small steps will produce big returns at the end of the year.

"Although it's always difficult to set goals at the start of the year, I want to keep improving," he added. "I am going to take each race as it comes and I hope that this approach will pay dividends."



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