Tanak: The operating window of Puma very small, but hard work must continue

Ott Tanak admits that M-Sport Ford must continue working hard on Puma despite the fact tha there is a small room for development and is being happy that he is not far behind his championship rivals.

The Estonian driver has claimed his first victory with M-Sport Ford in Sweden two months ago since he rejoined the team while he fought hard with Elfyn Evans for the win in Croatia after Thierry Neuville's retirement, but eventually he finished in second place overall there as handbrake issues hit him since the penultimate stage of Saturday. Despite his lack of pace in Monte Carlo and the turbo issue he faced on the opening stage of Friday, he has scored 65 points on the championship and is behind the leaders Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans for only four points before heading to Rally de Portugal in May. 

"The car has the pace, we can see that from the times, but the operating window seems very small and it has been difficult for me to understand where the sweet spot of the car is", Tanak said. 

"Up until now the team has been working very hard and I have managed to stay in touch with the competition but we need to continue working hard on finding more so we can keep involved in this exciting battle for the championship. 

"I am happy to be only four points off the lead of the championship and second this weekend is still a very good result along with the two stage wins. 

"The test for Portugal is next week and now my focus turns to preparing as best as possible and working with the team to get us as prepared as possible for the next important event".

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