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Volkswagen: We never doubted Latvala

Jost Capito: I've known Jari-Matti for eight years and his face fits, he is absolutely the right driver – this was never in doubt.
Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito has said he never had any doubts that Jari-Matti Latvala wasn't 'worthy' of a seat with the team.

His comments come in the wake of Latvala's victory on the Acropolis Rally of Greece last weekend, where the Finn ended up taking a dominant win, more than 1.5 minutes up on Dani Sordo, who was second.

Speaking at the finish, Latvala said the result was a 'big relief' given how things had gone in the early part of the year [see separate story - HERE]. However, while Latvala might have had his own concerns and worries, Capito was adamant he never shared them.

“Yeah [he is worthy of the drive]”, Capito told reporters in Greece, “but I have not been feeling otherwise since he joined the team. I've known him for eight years and his face fits, he is absolutely the right driver – this was never in doubt. It's more than fair that he got his win.”

“He put in an absolutely perfect performance and really earned this win with patience and calculated risk-taking at the right time,” Capito added. “The fact that a puncture would have made the difference between a win and a medal-less fourth shows just how much credit is due for this performance.

“Three different manufacturers on the podium is evidence that the World Rally Championship is a very close-run thing. That's why I'm proud of the whole team and absolutely delighted for Jari-Matti.”

Meanwhile, Capito continues to insist that VW didn't expect this level of success in its debut year.

“It's impossible to expect this success, especially when we have a driver combination which has never worked together. We are very happy with four wins from six and this looks dominant, but that's definitely not the case,” he added.


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Sebastien Ogier celebrates his win in Mexico with VW boss Jost Capito [Pic credit: Volkswagen]
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
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Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

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cassyo - Unregistered

June 05, 2013 7:00 AM

I never doubted too that Jari wasn't worthy of a seat within VW team and now, after such a long wait the victory came. Much endeavour and patience involved ofcourse. That said, on the other hand, I can't ignore the fact that a bit of luck is always necessary in WRC. This time it played on Jari-Matti's part. While I am not the greatest fan of the Russians, I can only imagine how could have been the story without that tyre puncture of Evgeny Novikov. Ohh, those Russians ...!



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