Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito admits that his team has a lot of work ahead of it if it wants to be as successful in defending its multiple World Rally Championship titles for a second time.

Speaking after VW picked up the manufacturers' drivers and co-drivers' silverware at the end-of-season FIA Prizegiving, Capito heralded the efforts of a team headed by individual champion Sebastien Ogier, but noted that, just because VW had dominated in 2014 - winning rallies on four continents on its way to wrapping up the manufacturers' championship at the earliest point in the season for 25 years - it was no given that next year would bring a repeat.

"In 2014, we successfully overcame the major challenge of defending the world championship title with an indescribable team spirit," he reflected, "We put together the longest winning run in the history of the World Rally Championship and won more rounds than any manufacturer before us - but this will not make it any easier for us to challenge for the title again next year."

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However, despite his caution, Capito was quick to warn VW's rivals that there would be no backing off either.

"We will once again be up against strong opposition, and it will be almost impossible to surpass the awesome 2014 season, which yielded twelve wins from a possible 13 and first, second and third in the drivers' championship," he noted, "However, that is precisely what we will be aiming to do..."