Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito has said he is 'proud' of the performances put in by all three of his drivers on Rally Italia Sardegna last weekend.
VW blitzed the field in Sardinia with Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala combining to win 13 of the 16 stages, the former taking victory – his fourth of the season - by over a minute, while the latter fought back from losing almost two minutes in the first stage to take third and the final spot on the rostrum.
The result increases VW's lead in the Manufacturers' from 18 points to 46.
Junior driver Andreas Mikkelsen also shone and while he had to retire three stages from home, he still impressed [see separate story - HERE
“What more could we ask for?” Capito pondered at the finish. “Rally Italy was a resounding success for Volkswagen and marks another milestone in our first season in the World Rally Championship.
“If somebody had said ahead of the season that we would be leading in all three championship categories and that we would win five out of the seven events in the first half of the season, we most certainly wouldn't have believed them.
“Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala delivered nothing but top performances here in Italy. The same goes for Andreas Mikkelsen too, even though he had to retire just before the end of the rally. I am proud of all three drivers. They have really earned their summer break.
“All the same, we are already looking forward to the next rally in Finland at the start of August.”
Capito also pointed out that while Ogier may have made his win look effortless, it certainly wasn't: “It is not easy to lead the rally from the front and to extend the lead because everybody wants to fight," Capito added.
"Also for Jari-Matti to push and to keep the spirit and not to give it up [after losing so much time in SS1 with a puncture], I think it was great sportsmanship and they believed they could come back, and the team supported them as well. First and third on the podium is a performance that is not easy to have.”
So what is the plan now for the second half of the season? “We are a very competitive team, but everybody thinks about improvement all the time. If you don't improve you fall behind and that is not what we intend to do,” Capito concluded.