Mikko Hirvonen says he is ready to gamble on his tire selection in an effort to improve on his overnight fifth place at the end of the opening day of Rally GB.
The Citroen-driving Finn ended the day 53.8 seconds behind leader Jari-Matti Latvala after what he admitted was a "stupid" tire decision on the day's final stage, where he dropped 18.2sec.
"I decided not to change the tires," said Hirvonen. "I had two spares, but I thought I could get through the stage without changing them – this was stupid.
"The tire was destroyed at the end. Now tomorrow, we have to gamble to make the fight with [fourth-placed Mads] Ostberg.
"We don't know what the weather will do tomorrow, but if it is dry and we need the hard tires then we can gamble more, we have nothing to lose."
Hirvonen added that he felt the set-up on his DS3 WRC had been awry through the opening day.
"The road was slippery this morning and even worse this afternoon," he said. "I was driving as hard as I could. We made some changes with the clicks on suspension today, but couldn't do much more. We could change it tonight, but do you know what the weather will do tomorrow and what setup we will need?"