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Jari-Matti Latvala says he feels confident of challenging team-mate Sebastien Ogier during the 2014 WRC season

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January 03, 2014 9:36 AM

Good luck to him but it is hard to see it. He has the raw speed but Loeb/Ogier etc can maintain this speed right up to the line stage after stage.......not sure Jari knows where that line is and either crashes or has to drive at 95% for a finish as a result.


January 04, 2014 9:53 AM

Its tough, Im Not sure he can challenge Ogier for the Title, Maybe the odd win, I know people take the mickey because he has accidents, but all drivers crash, Loeb and Hirvonnen tend not to crash a lot and Ogier has seemingly gone through his share of them in the past and seems to be more like Loeb was now

But Neuville was crashing a lot in 2012, Novikov in 2011 and 2013, Ostberg had a particularly bad year last year too, so he is not alone in crashing out. The difference is this Guy has the speed, I personally don't think he will beat Ogier this year, I think he will be up there towards the front getting podiums with Hirvonnen, and possibly get 2 or 3 wins maybe.

I don't think Ogier will have too much trouble leading the WRC early on in the season, he knows the car and the Team and he knows the roads too, there will be a lot of caution in the first half of the season as drivers get to know their cars and learn the set ups, and people like Meeke and Evans even have to learn the Ralli

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