The second M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC of Mads Østberg finished Day 1 of the 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France in tenth place.
Østberg, who has been working on his asphalt driving prior to Tour de Corse, has been getting used to driving on the Corsican asphalt on the opening day of the rally.
However, a brake cooling issue dented the Norwegian’s chances of a good opening day result as Østberg was tenth after the first four stages.
Østberg said “We’re trying something different with our driving on Tarmac. It’s not been an easy day, but it has been an interesting one and I am quite happy with all of the things that we have been able to try.
“We had some issues with the brake cooling this afternoon and lost quite a lot of time but, to be honest, that doesn’t matter so much. We are here to test our training and we can still work on that.
“We have a new plan for tomorrow – which isn’t too far away from where we were today. Step by step we are just trying to make something that doesn’t feel comfortable to me, comfortable. It will take some time, but it is a positive thing to be trying something different.”