Sebastien Ogier remains the favourite to pick up this year's World Rally Championship crown, but knows from recent experience that nothing can be taken for granted.

The Volkswagen driver had hoped to seal his second title success on home soil last time out, but a fraught weekend on Rallye de France-Alsace means that the battle, with VW team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, heads to the mixed surfaces of Spain next weekend.

The formula for success is simple: whoever finishes ahead will have achieved their major goal for the rally. If defending champion Ogier scores one point more than Latvala, the drivers' title will be his, but, should the Finn come out on top, the stage will be set for a showdown at the season-ending Rally Great Britain. 'Postponed, not abandoned' is thus the motto adopted by Ogier ahead of the Spanish round.

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"We had a hapless time at our home rally in France," he admitted, "We have a lot to atone for, so I am even more motivated to do well at the Rally Spain.

"[Co-driver] Julien [Ingrassia] and I had the opportunity to defend our title in France, but, unfortunately, it did not work out that way. However, I am absolutely convinced that we will defend our title in Spain. We won in Spain last year, and I feel fantastic. I have been doing a lot of exercise and am top fit. We are also testing our new tyres in France. We drove on them in France, and they did make us faster on some of the special stages. However, the conditions are completely different in Spain..."