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Jari-Matti Latvala says he has offers from Ford and VW for 2013

Jari-Matti Latvala has revealed that he is considering an offer that could see him leave Ford to join Volkswagen for the 2013 World Rally Championship season.

The Finn is out of contract with Ford at the end of the season and has been linked with a switch to partner Sebastien Ogier at VW when it debuts the new Polo WRC next year.

Speaking ahead of Rallye de France, Latvala – who took victory in the most recent event in Wales for his second win of the year – revealed that he had two options available for the new season and was undecided over which way to go.

The 27-year-old also revealed that he wouldn't make a decision about his future before Rally Sardinia later this month.

“It's not a secret,” he said. “My contract with Ford is ending at the end of the year and Ford is committed in rallying until the end of 2013, while Volkswagen has longer commitments. It's not easy to make a decision.

“I have worked with Ford for many years and would love to see Ford winning the Championship and I have had very happy years with this team. I don't have an answer for the moment. Leaving would be hard but I must consider the opportunities. I don't have any deadline for the moment. Both teams are flexible.

“I believe I won't make any decision before Sardinia, maybe after Spain? For sure before Monte Carlo!”



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@slightlysideways - Unregistered

October 05, 2012 11:15 AM

VW have committed to the WRC for the next few years and ford have not, yet anyway. Also the man is trying to fight for titles, VW are supposed to be putting serious money into their project where as ford is an underfunded semi-works outfit. Id say the only reason he hasn't decided sooner is his gratitude to ford for sticking by him.



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