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Andreas Mikkelsen: “Winning again will be easier”

After taking his maiden WRC win in Spain last year, the Norwegian has his sights set on title glory.
Written by James Newbold
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Andreas Mikkelsen
Andreas Mikkelsen
“It was like what happened in Sweden was exactly the opposite of what happened in Spain!” Mikkelsen tells RedBull.com. “We were close in many rallies last year, but in the end I was straight out of luck or we didn’t have the necessary pace to challenge Sébastien. So it was really nice when the win finally arrived, because I was starting to get quite stressed about it. Now it’s done, I think it will be much easier to do it again.”
The win in Spain was a big relief for Mikkelsen
The win in Spain was a big relief for Mikkelsen
For some drivers, the longer the wait for the debut win goes on, the more questions arise over whether they have the mental steel to deliver results. Mikkelsen had proven that he had the blend of speed and consistency necessary to win rallies when he conquered the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2011 and 2012 with Škoda. But proving that he is capable of doing so on the world stage has been a huge lift for his confidence.
If I'm fighting for the win, it won’t be such a big deal anymore
Andreas Mikkelsen
“If I come into that situation again fighting for the win, it won’t be such a big deal anymore,” he agrees. “I will be able to focus on doing the best job that I can, instead of being stressed thinking, ‘Wow, maybe I can win this rally’. It makes it easier to think about the correct things.”
Mikkelsen was a proven winner in the IRC
Mikkelsen was a proven winner in the IRC
Mikkelsen knows he can't blame the machinery
Mikkelsen knows he can't blame the machinery
“As a learning experience, so far it’s been incredible, because you can compare yourself to Sébastien and Jari-Matti who are the two fastest drivers on the planet in rallying,” he adds. “It’s great to have the same equipment as them, because it’s very easy for me to see where I can improve. I can’t say that they have a better car and that’s the reason why they’re faster – it’s in black and white!”