Mads Ostberg trying to copy Sebastien Loeb's driving style

Mads Ostberg says he has found more speed by tailoring his driving style to replicate nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb's handling of the Citroen

Mads Ostberg trying to copy Sebastien Loeb's driving style

Ostberg said his sideways style was not suited to the DS3 WRC, but setting the car up more like Loeb and driving it straighter - in the same way as the Frenchman - is already working in his favour.

"We have changed the suspension settings on the car," said Ostberg. "There are also some changes in the differential, but the main thing that I'm doing is to drive the car straighter - less sideways.

"This is the way the car was designed to go fastest, it's the way it was designed by Sebastien Loeb and it's working for me.

"At some tests I drive like old Mads and it's not as fast. OK, there's not much in it, but it is not as fast."

Ostberg has finished on the podium on two of his four Citroen outings and the Norwegian is pleased with the progress he is making.

"I see a big change from this time last year," he said. "And it's a positive change.

"I'm really pleased with what I've been able to do so far this season. This has been a fresh start for me with a new team and I'm now looking to make the maximum out of this opportunity.

"I feel ready to win rallies and I have felt like that for some time now.

"But, if you look at the experience and results I have and put them in perspective, maybe Argentina [next week] is a place I go looking for a good result and then I think I have a bigger chance [to win] in Sardinia, Poland and Finland."

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