2 August 2015
WRC Rally Finland: Latvala just faster, says Ogier
Sebastien Ogier: I have no problem being beaten by Jari-Matti when he is this strong. Congratulations to him. I said before the rally that Jari-Matti would be the man to beat. As always we did our best, but, like last year, they were just too good here
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier says team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala was just too quick to beat on Rally Finland.
Ogier led early on, but dropped to second on the repeat loop on Friday and while he remained very much in touch on Saturday morning, he slipped back in the afternoon and eventually came home 13.7 seconds back.
“This weekend I must be happy with second,” Ogier said after the eighth round in the 2015 World Rally Championship. “We tried pretty hard, we gave a lot. I often mentioned that maybe I was missing the commitment – this is something I would like to clarify.
“I did not give more than 100 per cent, but whatever I had I gave and we had a pretty good rally. It wasn't the perfect one and I have to accept that Jari-Matti was quicker this weekend, sometimes you have to accept that you can be beaten and this weekend they did that.”
“It was, however, an incredible duel,” he added. “I think we put on a great show for the fans. I had an opportunity [on Saturday] when the rain came, but unfortunately I hit a rock [at the start of SS16] and I lost my chance in this moment.
“Then Jari-Matti took five more seconds and then it was more or less over and we settled for second place. I have no problem being beaten by Jari-Matti when he is this strong. Congratulations to him. I said before the rally that Jari-Matti would be the man to beat.
“As always we did our best, but, like last year, they were just too good here in Finland.”
Despite not winning, however, Ogier still strengthens his position in the Drivers' Championship, increasing his lead from 78 points to 89.
He also won the Power Stage again – taking the maximum three point bonus points for the seventh event in a row – and insisted that just competing in Finland was a reward in itself.
“I am more than happy with second place as we have extended our lead in the overall standings,” Ogier continued.
“Also even without the fine second place, Rally Finland was once again a fantastic experience. As a driver, you don't feel any happier or any more adrenalin than on the super-fast stages through the Finnish forests,” he stressed.
“Sunday's stage was one of the best of the rally. It had similar characteristics to Ouninpohja, but at 135kph average speed this is one of the fastest.
“On the first run, it was not so easy, but we were not in the fight so we could validate the notes and then have a good last push.
“I really enjoyed it and that's seven power stages in a row now, which sounds not too bad. I'm happy with that,” he concluded.
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