Tanak: M-Sport has to do a big job to catch its WRC rivals

Ott Tanak admits that M-Sport Ford is behind its rivals in World Rally Championship and needs to improve many things with the view of catching Toyota and Hyundai in 2023.

The Estonian driver joined M-Sport Ford for this year and Rallye Monte Carlo was his first rally with the Puma Rally1. During the first round of this season's championship, he was not able to set the fastest time in a stage while he faced some problems with the power steering on Saturday. However, he managed to get four points from Powerstage as he was the second fastest driver in that stage.

"Generally it was still a good weekend", Tanak said.

"We were able to learn plenty and we got some good mileage as well. 

"For sure, there are things we need to improve, we need to be more consistent and find some speed but I believe there are ways to achieve it.

"The powerstage definitely showed that it could be possible to be competitive in this car, but we just need to find a way and a better balance to allow us to drive like that through the whole stage loop, because at the moment we are not able to keep the tyres alive for that distance.

"There are many things we need to do and we are behind at the moment, and there is quite a big job to do. 

"If there is a will, then there will be a way".

Source: Motorsport.com

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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