Jari-Matti Latvala insists he is staying 'optimistic' about his chances on the Rally Mexico despite a disastrous start to the 2016 World Rally Championship season.
The Finn failed to finish the first two events in Monte Carlo and Sweden, leaving him without a single point, a stark contrast to the 56 points achieved by his VW team-mate Sebastien Ogier.
Two confidence-harming results for a driver keen to prove he can take the fight to his dominant counterpart, Latvala says he will not dwell on the poor, pointing out that his subsequent low running order on the notoriously tricky Rally Mexico will be a big advantage at least.
“Mexico will be the first gravel rally of the year and the surface is normally pretty hard. This is covered with a layer of finer gravel, which makes the surface as a whole very slippery. The surface becomes cleaner and faster as more cars drive over it. This means that it is an advantage to start the stages later – as long as it is not raining.
“That can happen in Mexico, but it's relatively unlikely. I had some bad luck in Monte Carlo and Sweden. Of course, it looks bad when you have two poor results in a row, especially at the start of the season. However, I am trying to stay optimistic and I'm sure that things will go better for me now.
“The trophies will only be handed out at the end of the season! I'm hoping that the weekend goes smoothly in Mexico.”