The combined points total of Hirvonen and Latvala also enabled Ford Abu Dhabi to open up its margin over the Citroën Total World Rally Team in the manufacturers' chase to 26 markers – and team director Malcolm Wilson confessed that on an event that has not traditionally been kind to the Blue Oval, the outcome represented a 'dream finish'.
“We knew this weekend would be tough, so to leave Mexico having increased our lead in both the manufacturers' and drivers' championships is perfect,” the Englishman remarked. “The team learned much about the set-up of our cars, and we'll use our next test to try to improve further ahead of the upcoming gravel rounds.”
“Coming to Mexico off the back of victory in Sweden was difficult,” agreed Ford of Europe Motorsport Chief Gerard Quinn. “It meant our cars were first in the start order, costing valuable time on the opening leg as we swept the stages for the following competitors.
“I'm delighted with the reliability and performance of the Fiesta RS WRCs, and the fact that we lead both championships. We know our cars are competitive, but we still have work to do and I look forward to fighting for victory in Portugal.”