Jari-Matti Latvala says he has some catching up to do after failing to finish last time out in Sweden but believes he is in an excellent position to do so at Rally Mexico.

The Volkswagen Motorsport driver crashed on the last stage on Friday in Sweden before eventually retiring his Polo R WRC car at the final service after he was firmly out of points-scoring contention.

The Finn had made a positive start to his 2015 WRC campaign with a second place finish at the season-opener Rally Monte Carlo but after faltering in Sweden now sits fourth in the drivers' standings, behind reigning champion and current leader Sebastien Ogier, Andreas Mikkelsen and Thierry Neuville.

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Heading to Mexico, the WRC teams switch focus from the snowy conditions of Sweden to the first of six consecutive gravel events. The Central American rally represents the highest altitude event, climbing to a lung-sapping 2,800 metres above sea level which will put a massive strain on both drivers and cars.

Latvala will be the fourth driver to hit the road in Mexico, corresponding with his championship standing, and sees that as a useful advantage which he hopes to exploit. By starting fourth, his three rivals will effectively sweep the roads clear of any major debris which could damage to his car.

"I am looking forward to the Rally Mexico, as I have some amends to make and because, as the fourth-placed man in the World Championship, I have an ideal starting position," Latvala said, who finished runner-up in last year's Mexican rally. "The starting position can be decisive at the first gravel rally of the year. My goal for Mexico is to close the gap to Thierry Neuville, Andreas and S?bastien as much as possible.

Reflecting on his missed opportunity in Sweden, where he had been battling for the lead during the early stages, Latvala put it down to being part of the sport and hopes to irradiate any further costly mistakes for the remainder of the season.

"I missed out on points in Sweden. However, that is part and parcel of this sport and not something I can do anything about now. I now have to look forward and make the best of the situation I find myself in. When you look back through the history books, most world champions have scored points at pretty much every race. As such, I cannot afford to make any more mistakes."

Rally Mexico runs between the 5-8 March and acts as the third round of the 2015 World Rally Championship.