Ost­berg praises M-sport Fi­esta progress

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Mads Ost­berg has praised the M-sport team for solv­ing the gearshift is­sues he felt ham­pered his early sea­son run­ning.

The Nor­we­gian and M-sport strug­gled to see eye-to-eye on the is­sue, but fur­ther de­vel­op­ment and test­ing of the Ford Fi­esta RS WRC left the car per­fect for Ost­berg at the Rally Italy round ear­lier this month.

In turn, Ost­berg was at the sharp end of the rally, trad­ing times with the Volk­swa­gens while run­ning in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion on the road. Un­for­tu­nately, he clipped a rock which broke a drive­shaft and ruled him out of the fight.

Ost­berg said: “I was able to drive the car like I wanted and we could see what hap­pened with the times. We have taken a ma­jor step for­ward and it gives me good con­fi­dence. It’s tough what hap­pened, but es­pe­cially with the fastest time in the Monte Lerno stage, we showed what we can do. Now we’re look­ing for­ward to Poland and Fin­land.”

The team wouldn’t dis­close the changes but they are likely to in­volved more re-map­ping and pro­gram­ming of the shift.

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