BP Ford Abu Dhabi team director Malcolm Wilson has told Crash.net
that Jari-Matti Latvala will 'definitely' remain with the team in 2010.
Latvala's has had a tough season and while his win on the Rally d'Italia Sardinia at the end of May seemed to re-store his confidence, it took a major knock on the Rally Poland a few weeks back, when he crashed out in the final test, the short 2.50 kilometre Mikolajki super special and threw away second place.
Up to that point Ford was set for another 1-2, a result that would have allowed the 'Blue Oval' to close to within six points of Citroen in the manufacturers' championship. However, in the end the M-Sport-run squad actually lost ground and now lies 17 points adrift with just four rounds still go to.
Despite admitting post-event though that he was 'running out of ideas' of how to help Latvala, Wilson has insisted that they have no plans to drop him and pair someone new with Mikko Hirvonen.
"There is no question," Wilson replied when asked by Crash.net Radio
if Latvala will still be with the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT in 2010. "Hopefully Ford is going to be in the world championship in the future and he will definitely form part of our plans going forward if that is the case."
As for how Latvala is now and what advice he will be given for Rally Finland at the end of this month, Wilson added that they are doing everything they can to 'get to the bottom' of what happened in that super special.
"It has been a difficult year for Jari, as everybody can see. What happened in Poland was probably one of the biggest mistakes I have seen in world rallying. But we have invested heavily in him and we have got to work with him, which is obviously what we are doing," Wilson continued.
"He is getting a lot of specialist advice outside the car. The driving is not in question. But it is just taking a little bit longer to get him to where we wanted him to be than what we had hoped. However the performance up to that final silly mistake was fantastic.
"The last three rallies have been really good for him. He just made a very, very costly error late on, which we have got to get to the bottom of before Finland."
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