Jari-Matti Latvala has been forced to retire from the opening day of Rally Finland as a result of the suspension damage he picked up on the opening loop of stages.

The Finn hit a rock on stage two and damaged the left-rear suspension of his Volkswagen Polo WRC, seeing him lose more than 40 seconds as a result.

Latvala and co-driver Miikka Anttila then worked to carry out repairs ahead of stage three but were forced to start the stage late - incurring 4min 40secs of penalties - and then lost a further three minutes during the stage.

With no mid-day service, Latvala tried to battle on into the afternoon loop but having lost more than two more minutes on stage four, he took the decision to retire from the leg.

As such, he is now set to restart under Rally 2 regulations with ten minutes of additional time penalties.