Jari-Matti Latvala has reiterated his belief that he can take the fight to Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier
during the 2014 World Rally Championship season.
The Finn finished third in the standings last season having made the move from M-Sport to the German manufacturer, with his only victory of the season coming in Greece.
Ogier by contrast won no fewer than nine times en-route to his maiden championship title, although Latvala insisted there were plenty of positives
to take away from 2013 after following his team-mate home to take second place in the season finale in Wales back in November.
The 28-year-old will now hope to build on his first season at the wheel of the Polo WRC when the 2014 campaign kicks off in Monte Carlo later this month, and he said he was aware of what he needed to do to take the fight to his title-winning team-mate.
“I need more consistency,” he told Crash.net
in an interview conducted by George East. “It has taken me a bit longer than I expected to get myself and the car in perfect harmony, but now I am much more in tune with the car than I was twelve months ago.
“To match Sebastien though, I must be more consistent and not make even small mistakes. Seb's strength has been a combination of pace and perfection - he doesn't make mistakes. If I want to match him, or beat him, I must avoid even small mistakes.”
Alongside improving his consistency, Latvala admitted that he needed to work on the mental side of his game to also ensure he maintains his concentration behind the wheel.
“Clearly my weak point has been a lack of consistency,” he said. “I've allowed small mistakes to creep back in to my driving. I am working on this in several ways, but most of all I need to improve on the mental side. I have no doubt that I am a match for anyone behind the wheel, but sometimes the focus and concentration hasn't been right.
“If it were I would not be making mistakes.”
Full interview available - HERE