Quick but inconsistent. A short phrase which summed up how Jari-Matti Latvala performed during the 2009 campaign.

The young Finn endured a tough start to the year as he scored just twice in the first five events of the year - which included his monster accident in Portugal where he rolled his Focus down the side of a mountain.

Things took a turn for the better in Italy where he led a Ford 1-2 ahead of team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, with another podium following in Greece next time out.

However, in Poland, Latvala threw away second place on the final super-special stage when he crashed into a barrier - raising question marks about his future in the team.

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson stood by his young driver and Latvala scored points on all the remaining events - including third in Finland - but will need to raise his game in 2010 to aid Ford's championship challenge.

Despite his rollercoaster season, you voted Latvala fifth in the driver of the year poll.


Team: BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Car: Ford Focus RS WRC

Championship position: 4th Points: 41

Events: 12 Victories: 1 Podiums: 3 Points finishes: 8

Podiums tally excludes victories