Juho Hanninen has admitted he has radically altered his approach to this week's Catalunya Rally in the wake of his chief title rival Ott Tanak's early departure.
Tanak retired from the event with suspension damage on the opening stage and, while Martin Prokop can still deny Hanninen the Super 2000 World Rally Championship, a sensible finish from the Finn will be enough to bag him his first major world rally title.
"I heard about [Tanak] when I got to the finish," said the Skoda driver. "It was very difficult in there, it was so slippery and easy to make a mistake. Now I have to avoid the mistakes and really concentrate. This is not going to make my rally any easier though. I am now looking all of the time for the rock which is on the inside of the corner – I have to find the good rhythm and make some careful driving."
Nasser Al-Attiyah leads the SWRC standings in his Ford Fiesta, with Hanninen 4.5 seconds behind him. Irishman Craig Breen is a strong third, just five seconds behind Al-Attiyah, while Prokop is a further 2.1sec behind Breen in fourth.