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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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Related Pictures

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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]
12.02.2017 - 1st place Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)-Miikka Anttila (FIN) Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, 2nd place Ott Tanak (EAU)-Martin Jarveoja (EST),Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team and 3rd place Sébastien Ogier (FRA)-Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - 1st place Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)-Miikka Anttila (FIN) Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, 2nd place Ott Tanak (EAU)-Martin Jarveoja (EST),Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team and 3rd place Sébastien Ogier (FRA)-Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Gus GREENSMITH (GBR) - Craig PARRY (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5
12.02.2017 - Gus GREENSMITH (GBR) - Craig PARRY (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5
12.02.2017 - Hiroki ARAI (JPN) - Glenn MACNEALL (AUS) Ford Fiesta R5, Tommi Mäkinen Racing
12.02.2017 - Alexey LUKYANUK (RUS) - Alexey ARNAUTOV (RUS) Ford Fiesta R5
12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Jarosław KOLTUN (POL) - Ireneusz PLESKOT (POL) Ford Fiesta R5, C‐Rally
12.02.2017 - Eyvind BRYNILDSEN (NOR) - Anders FREDRIKSSON (SWE) Ford Fiesta R5 Adapta Motorsport AS
12.02.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
12.02.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
12.02.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
12.02.2017 - Podium WRC 2, 1st place Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport, 2nd place Teemu SUNINEN (FIN) - Mikko MARKKULA (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5, M‐Sport World Rally Team and 3rd place Ole Christian VEIBY (NOR) - Stig Rune SKJÆRMOEN (NOR) Skoda Fabia R5, Printsport

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