Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito has said he expects their rivals to come back hard next season and he has warned they will need to stay focused if they are to successfully defend their crowns.

"We never expected to win any Championships [this season] and [in the end] we won all three," he replied after the season finale in Wales, when asked about the goals now for 2014.

"The expectations are not going to get less. The second year should be better than the first. We were the hunter and next year we are the hunted. This is a completely different situation. We will have to stay focused with our feet on the ground. Our competitors will do a great job in the winter and they will come back hard.

"The cars are very equal, but we will stay focused and go to Monte Carlo [for the 2014 WRC season opener] and try to do the same job.

"We missed our home rally in Germany this year and we promised our bosses this year this is something we would try to put right. That's something for next year!"

Volkswagen concluded 2013 with its second one-two in succession on Rally GB on Sunday, with Sebastien Ogier heading home team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, while Andreas Mikkelsen also did well, and although he couldn't get on the podium, his fifth place finish in the third Polo R WRC, was also very positive.

"You could hardly wish for a better end to what has been a fantastic WRC season for us. A one-two, with all three drivers in the top five - the Rally Great Britain was our most successful rally of the season," Capito added.

"We witnessed a magnificent duel between Sebastien and Jari-Matti - and a very mature and quick Andreas, who was challenging for a spot on the podium. Unfortunately it was not quite to be for him, despite showing plenty of fighting spirit. We can have high hopes now though, for all three Volkswagen drivers in the 2014 season.

"I am also very proud of our entire team. Although we had less opportunities than usual to service the cars this weekend, the work was not only well-oiled, but also free from any blemish and completely beyond reproach.

"We did not have a single technical problem in Wales. We have not suffered one engine failure during the 2013 season, nor have we lost a single chassis as a result of a crash. That is extraordinary.

"For me, I would love it if this season would never end."


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