PG Andersson insists his focus is firmly on the finish of Rally Italy as the Swede returns to World Rally Car competition.
The former factory Suzuki WRC driver, a two-time Junior WRC champion, has not had a top-class car for two seasons, driving mainly for Proton in S2000 competition. He returns to the sport's highest level in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC for the remaining European rounds of the series and completed a 75-mile test in the car ahead of the Sardinia event, which starts on Friday.
"This will be a tough rally, really tough," said Andersson. "It's narrow and really tricky. For me, the big thing is that I am back in the car.
"I like this rally, but I have to think in the bigger perspective – I have been out of the car for two years, so it would be surprising if I was showing top times straight away. I would think a realistic finish, if everybody stays in, then maybe somewhere around eighth at the finish.
"Obviously, we have a disadvantage with the place we are running on the road. I would like to have been maybe one place higher, but the qualifying stage was difficult and I didn't want to make a mistake."
The Fiesta RS WRC Andersson is driving belongs to privateer Alex Tamrazov, but is a slightly older specification that the current M-Sport cars. Andersson was the first driver to lead a WRC round in a 1.6-litre World Rally Car, when he headed Rally Sweden from the start in 2011.