Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala says he tried everything on Rally Australia, but just didn't quite have the "spark" to fight for victory.

Latvala led at the end of the opening leg in his Polo R WRC, but slipped back on Saturday, and while he soon got Citroen's Kris Meeke on the final day, he was unable challenge team-mate and eventual winner, Sebastien Ogier.

It meant Latvala again had to settle for second, 12.3 seconds adrift at finish of the tenth round in the World Rally Championship.

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"I tried everything again today and kept on pushing right to the final stage, even with a cracked windscreen [after it broke in a compression in SS13]," Latvala said. "Unfortunately we came up just short and I will have to settle for second place.

"Maybe on Friday and Saturday morning I was missing a little spark to fight for the victory. [But whatever] it wasn't enough.

"Seb has done an amazing job here. He has been better than me. Congratulations to him. He deservedly won the rally - and is also a deserved world champion."

Asked if he was frustrated with the fact he was not able to catch Ogier, Latvala reiterated that he didn't quite have the "spark".

"No spark enough on Saturday morning - and in the medium-fast corners," he replied. "I need to improve."

Pressed on what was missing, Latvala added: "I haven't found the answer yet. I will tell you more on the next one..."

As for if he will be back on form and ready to fight for the title in 2016, Latvala's answer was short and to the point.

"Yes, I will be there," he vowed.