2014 Rally Sweden winner Jari-Matti Latvala feels if he can repeat last year's success it can act as the foundations for his title aspirations in the World Rally Championship.

The Finnish driver claimed second place at the 2015 season-opener last month and feels if he can achieve back-to-back WRC victories it will be an ideal platform to launch his title bid.

"The second place at the Rally Monte Carlo also gives me cause for optimism. That was better than I expected," Latvala said. "Should I win in Sweden, it would underline my title aspirations. Despite this, I am well aware that, as well as S?bastien, Andreas and the likes of Mads ?stberg will also be in contention for the win. You always have to reckon on those guys here."

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Looking ahead to Rally Sweden, the Finnish driver says he feels comfortable on the unique snow and ice conditions which the event throws up. It is classified as the only all-winter rally on the WRC calendar and the cars will be fitted with studded tyres for improved grip on the frozen surfaces.

"I learned to drive rally cars on snow and ice," Latvala said. "Even as a kid I used to bomb across frozen lakes, so I feel right at home at the Rally Sweden. Early on in my career, the Rally Sweden was actually my very favourite rally, but I now feel comfortable on any surface.

"I am particularly looking forward to the 'Frederiksberg' and 'Varg?sen' stages in Sweden, because you can find a good rhythm on them and these two stages feature some big jumps."

Latvala feels the updated Volkswagen Polo R WRC car has ironed out the understeer issues and is much sharper. The team recorded a 1-2-3 finish with the Polo in Monte Carlo, with Ogier taking victory, Latvala second and Andreas Mikkelsen completing the podium.

"With the old Polo R WRC, I always had slight understeer on snow," he explained. "However, tests show that our new Polo R WRC has improved in this regard."

Rally Sweden departs from Karlstad on Thursday evening (12 February) and finishes on Sunday (15 February).