Sebastien Ogier says he won't stop fighting and insists there is no extra tension after his post-Portugal comments, where he stated 'the best didn't win'.

The Volkswagen driver enjoyed a perfect start to the defence of his World Rally Championship crown, taking three victories from the opening three rounds.

However, Ogier suffered a blip at round four in Argentina and then lost out to his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala in Portugal. In the post-race media debrief Ogier claimed 'some people will be happy because the best didn't win', but the Frenchman says his comments shouldn't be taken too seriously.

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"My goal is obviously to win but the opposition will not make it easy. The tension is no less than usual - but neither is my fighting spirit," Ogier says. "I will fight right to the end and am already looking forward to a dip in the harbour with my colleagues after the rally, should we win."

Ogier has claimed the top spot of the rostrum in Italy for the past two years and hails it as 'one of the best rallies on the WRC calendar'.

"I have always improved with every outing there in the past, and have won for the last two years," he added. "The special stages are enjoyable, the countryside is beautiful, the atmosphere is superb - it is an all-round great rally."

The Volkswagen driver currently leads the WRC drivers' standings by 42 points ahead of his team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen after five rounds.

Rally d'Italia Sardegna is set to host round six of the 2015 WRC championship and is scheduled for the 12-14 June.