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Q&A: Jari-Matti Latvala - EXCLUSIVE.

Many people were predicting you would get promoted to the BP Ford team this year. In the end were you confident you would get the job - and are you confident you can deliver?

J-ML
I have a good feeling at the moment but I know there will of course be some pressure to get good finishes. But that is what you normally need to do. I don't think about it too much. I also know there are some very eager youngsters hunting for the top teams. I will just try to do my job as well as I can and lets see what happens.

Crash.net:
What do you think is going to be your role this season with the BP Ford team?

J-ML
I will be in the position where Mikko use to be and Mikko will be in the position where Marcus was. Mikko will be hunting for victories and I will try and finish in the podium places to make sure we get points. That is the role I will play I would say.

Crash.net:
What targets have you got for the year overall?

J-ML
I will try and finish on the podium as much as possible. I am going to be really, really hunting for that - and I will try improving my driving too. I have a dream that at the end of the year - or at some point this season - if I can win a world rally that is something I have been eager to do for a very long time. I believe that with this car it is very possible. But I need to get that last 2 per cent so that I can go fast enough and keep the car on the road.

Crash.net:
Are you looking forward to working with Mikko?

J-ML:
I am really looking forward to it. He is very relaxed and a very nice guy. He helped me last year when I had some problems. If I asked him he would give me some information and tips on what I should do differently.

Crash.net:
How do you think your rivals will get on this year, the likes of Citroen and Subaru?

JM-L
I believe the Citroens will be very, very strong and also it will be interesting to see how the new Subaru goes, when it comes in. It will be a hard battle with Ford and Citroen and I reckon Subaru will be there as well. Suzuki is now coming in as a new team too. They will need some time to develop the car but I think the battle between the top three teams will be strong. I hope Suzuki is at some point up there as well.

Crash.net:
Recently it has been confirmed that the route for this year's Rally Finland, your home event, will be quite different. How do you feel about that?

J-ML
It seems some of the very famous stages will not be driven. But I am not so concerned about that. I know that area in the middle of Finland and there are a lot of good rally roads to use. If we don't use the very famous old stages there will still be some great stages anyway.


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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Stobart Ford Focus WRC 06. Rallye Deutschland, 17-19th August 2007.
Mark Deans, Malcolm Wilson, Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala pose alongside the Focus RS WRC car in its new livery for the 2008 WRC season. [Pic credit: Ford]
Jari-Matti Latvala, Mikko Hirvonen, Malcolm Wilson and Mark Deans on stage at the Autosport Show. January 2008. [Pic credit: Ford]
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)

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