Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala has admitted Wales Rally GB did not pan out as he had hoped, but he has promised he won't make the same mistakes again next season.

Latvala was aiming for the victory this weekend on the 2014 WRC season finale, but his bid to beat team-mate Sebastien Ogier ended in the first stage on Saturday morning, when he went off and got stuck in a ditch. Latvala lost over 3 minutes as a result, slipping from second, 6.6 seconds off Ogier, to tenth.

He eventually fought back to take eighth and win the event ending Power Stage, but it was still a far cry from the result he had targeted.

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"This is not what I wanted from this weekend," Latvala said. "I came here wanting to win, but the first day the set-up was too stiff and we made a couple of mistakes and then yesterday we made another mistake, one that cost us the time.

"But now I know what to do, I know the set-up we need, so next year we will not make those mistakes again. It has not panned out as I had hoped, but apart from the slip-up, our pace was good. I am looking forward to next year."

Reflecting on 2014, Latvala added that he was pleased with what he achieved, even if he did end up 49 points adrift of Ogier in the Drivers' Championship.

"I can look back with great satisfaction on the 2014 season: I mounted my first serious challenge for the World Championship title, and kept the title race alive for a long time," he added. "I also won my first rally on asphalt, which was an important milestone for me.

"The duel with Sebastien [for the title] was extremely exciting. I will carry on where I left off next season," he concluded.