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Jari-Matti Latvala: It's my first-ever victory on asphalt, so that's a good feeling.

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 10:04 AM

Well no Big Suprise there, this is all good for Jari matti and his confidence though and it was good preparation for Monte reading the surfaces all the time as that is one of the key things on Monte

Also it was good to see how Ott came back on yesterdays final leg to cut a 35 second defecit to get on the podium, If Ford do not Renew he could well be team mate to Jari Matti

Lets not all be too quick to to say he hasnt got the experinece either, lets not forget a certain Tommi Makkinen who drove an Escort Cosworth to his 1st Rally Finland win in 1994 when he suprised the Rallying world by jumping straight in at the deep end

He had been doing the British Championship in a Nissan F2 car and Ford asked him out of the Blue if he would like to stand in For the injured Mikki Biasion (I think) and he won straight away, Obviously I dont expect Ott to do the same but I do think he will be another Latvala / Ogier of the future

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 2:02 PM

Well Officially they have until Mid December to decide, for certain reasons they may announce this as late as possible if they are going to stay so no news is good news in that respect

I think just about everyone is hoping that they stay, if its about budget im sure they can be persuaded to stay somehow, but if its about results or lack of then there isnt much hope, especially now Mikko has gone to Citroen and they failed to secure Ogiers services

Im hoping its about budget because im sure Malcolm will find a sponsor or some more money to continue from somewhere, but if Ford think that being beaten by Citroen is Bad press for Ford then nothing can change that or convince them to stay, especially as Citroen arguably now have the Best Lead Driver and the best 2nd driver in the Championship for 2012 and 2013

Dafydd LArcombe - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 2:14 PM

I say aruguably because I have said now for a few years that I think Jari Matti has the Raw Potential to be the best in the sport, maybe in 2012 we will see his best year yet, he is getting very close to becoming the finished article

He does not have the same Self belief as Loeb and he isnt as Sure of himself as Loeb always seems to be, as a Driver this is an esential ingredient, Jari Matti is such a tame and Humble down to earth genuine nice Guy but this is his downfall, I think his driving will make up for that though and he will find even more confidence in himself and then Look out

I really hope he has the kind of season he deserves in 2012 and I hope he can take the fight to Citroen no matter what Ford decide to do, M-Sport have at least one threatening driver for next season maybe two

bojan - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 10:06 PM

I also hope Ford continue. I know they haven't won the championship for quite a while but they are winning enough rallies that they shouldn't be too embarrassed by their performance.

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