Six-time World Rally champion and Toyota team leader Sebastien Ogier explained about his failure to challenge last weekend in Estonia.
Frenchman finished in the third place behind Hyundai pair Ott Tänak and Craig Breen.
After long weekend S. Ogier said: “They made a positive step and that along with the running order, I think it might have exaggerated [the gap], but there’s definitely some areas where they are much faster than before, it looks like at least.”
Looking ahead to next week’s Marmaris-based event, driver added: “I’m very excited to be in Turkey because I’m impassioned to see what step we’ve done in their playground. Definitely we’ve done some good steps recently and very positive progress.”
“It was a positive weekend for me,” he said. “For sure there is some frustration at the end because I had definitely potential to do better.
“We had a great start to the rally on Saturday morning, but in the afternoon unfortunately a lot of trouble slowed us down. On Sunday, it was an OK day where we did the job to stay on the podium, but at the end I’m sure we could’ve been much closer to Ott and put him much more under pressure.”
S. Ogier arrives in Turkey on the back of a victory there with Citroën last season. Toyota won with O. Tänak the year before, but the Yaris struggled to compete with its rivals while they were all still running.