Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala has vowed to go on the attack in Mexico next month following his disappointment on Rally Sweden and he believes he made an important set forward with setting up the new 2015 Polo R WRC.

Latvala had been one of the favourites to win in Karlstad and had just taken the virtual lead when he went off the road a few hundred metres from the end of SS9, the penultimate test on Friday, and got stuck.

He lost almost 8.5 minutes as a result, dropping him right out of contention and while he did recover and finish 12th, he then retired in the final service.

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"What a crazy week," Latvala said after round two in WRC 2015. "It is a shame for my team-mate Andreas [Mikkelsen] that he was not quite able to get his first WRC victory under his belt, but congratulations to Sebastien [Ogier - my other team-mate]. He really earned his 28 points.

"For me personally, I have to try to take positives out of the week. Once I made that mistake on Friday, I was obviously not going to have a say in the outcome of the rally. This gave me time to try out a few things with the set-up, and I learned some new and important things as a result. I now understand the new Polo even better, and that was already noticeable on the final day.

"The season is still young, and there is still everything to play for. My starting position will certainly be an advantage in Mexico, and I will attack again there."

Speaking earlier in the rally about his off in Torsby 2, Latvala added that he had just misjudged the level of grip.

"I was just too quick and thought I had more grip. As it turns out, I didn't. The rear of the car got caught in a snow bank in the corner, and I then skidded into a ditch," he recalled. "Nothing happened to our Polo R WRC.

"I would like to thanks all the fans on the route again. Without their fantastic and quick help, we would never have got out."

Meanwhile, Latvala said the set-up changes he made for the final day had made a big difference.

"Fantastic. Never better. I have never felt so comfortable in the new car," he pronounced on Sunday morning. "I have finally discovered something that I should have found two months ago.

"I have been setting the car far too stiff at the rear. That worked with the old car but the new one doesn't work like that. This is going to help me on the gravel rallies. It really helps me drive the car and it is going to help me reset for Mexico."