World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier is starting to enjoy the Rally Italia, and is looking to extend his standings lead in Sardinia.
However, despite that success, the Volkswagen driver revealed in an interview with World RallyChampionship’s official website that he is not a fan of the gravel track.
“It’s not in the top three but for me every year this rally is getting better and better,” he said.
“When I first discovered it in 2008, I didn’t like it so much. It was not so fun to drive because the roads were very narrow and there were lots of rocks.
“It’s hot, sandy and slippery. The heat and the tyre wear are always big issues for us.
“But now the roads are getting better every year and it’s a rally that I’m really starting to like.”
Ogier currently holds a 24-point lead over team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, who claimed victory last time out in Argentina.
With eight races still to come in the season, the Finn will know he cannot allow Ogier to open up too large a gap, if he is to wrestle away the title Ogier won in 2013.
The pair look head and shoulders above the rest of the field, with the Norwegian duo of Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Ostberg tied for third on 48 points, 40 shy of Latvala.
Neither has managed a victory this season, with the Volkswagen double act claiming all five rallies between them so far, and will know victory in Sardinia is imperative if they are not be cut adrift behind the leading pair.
Ostberg, of Citroen, was forced to withdraw from Rally Argentina with a thumb injury which hampered his driving, but he revealed last month that the problem was progressing nicely and would be “perfect” again for Thursday’s start in Sardinia.
By Sportal Updated 3 jun