Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala has congratulated team-mate Sebastien Ogier and says the Frenchman "deserves" to be champion again.

Latvala kept the title fight alive until the penultimate round in the season, but in the end had to admit defeat in Spain this weekend, with Ogier claiming the victory, while he had to settle for second, after a poor start to the event on the Friday.

The Finn kept pushing though, and won eight of the ten stages on Saturday and Sunday - including the Power Stage - as he tried to fight back and maintain the pressure. He eventually finished 11.3 seconds adrift.

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"Congrats to Seb and Julien [Ingrassia - his co-driver], they showed a strong performance here in Spain and deserve to be world champions," Latvala confirmed.

"My co-driver Miikka [Anttila] and I tried to keep the fight for the title open for as long as possible.

"Unfortunately we lost too much time on gravel on Friday for us to be able to make up the deficit on asphalt."

Quizzed on his performance over the four-days, Latvala admitted that he needs to do better now on gravel with the Polo R WRC.

"I was very happy with our performance on asphalt [this weekend], but we still have some work to do on loose gravel.

"We will deal with that when we are next testing, but first the whole Volkswagen team will party hard this evening," he summed-up.