Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala is “determined” to secure his first asphalt win on Rallye de France this week.
Latvala looked poised to do just that in Germany last month, until he crashed out
on the final day while comfortably leading. The Finn was bitterly disappointed and now wants to make amends in Alsace.
“I have a score to settle with asphalt rallies, as the rally in Germany was disappointing. It was going sensationally well and I was leading, and then everything was over in a flash after my crash. Having come so close in Germany, I am now determined to score my first win on asphalt,” he said in the countdown to the 11th round in the 2014 World Rally Championship.
“Like Rally Germany, Rally France is held on asphalt – but you can't really compare the two rallies,” he added. “We spend a lot more time in the forests and on wider mountain passes in France.
"In Germany the streets were very narrow and winding. The characteristics of this rally are probably more similar to those of the Rally Monte Carlo.”
Latvala also still has a mathematical chance of taking the 2014 WRC Drivers' title this season and while he admits his chances are not good, given team-mate Sebastien Ogier is 50 points ahead with only three events left, he hasn't given up completely.
“I can still become World Champion this year, but I don't really think that that is a realistic possibility. For that to happen, an awful lot would have to go wrong for Sebastien, whilst everything would have to be perfect for me,” he explained. “One thing is certain, however: as long as there is still a mathematical chance, I will carry on fighting and do my very best.
“You never know what might happen.”