Latvala on the world championship battle between him and Sébastien Ogier
The Finn has grand ambitions for 2014: becoming World Rally Champion
What “JML” has in common with his idol Henri Toivonen
Volkswagen works driver Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) celebrated his first win of season in the Polo R WRC at the Rally Sweden. The Finn along with co-driver Miikka Anttila (FIN) took the overall lead in the World Rally Championship for the first time in his career. Latvala would love to defend that lead ahead of team-mate Sébastien Ogier (F) at the Rally Mexico. In this interview, the world championship leader speaks about the battle between him and the current world champion, his new mental coach, his great idol Henri Toivonen and his grand ambitions.
Jari-Matti Latvala, congratulations on your first victory of the season. How do you feel after this triumph?
Do you know what you have in common with Björn Waldegård, Stig Blomqvist, Tommi Mäkinen, Kenneth Eriksson and Marcus Grönholm?
It is difficult to master a WRC event like in Sweden. How then do you manage to win such a complex rally?
The first gravel rally of the season in Mexico is fast approaching. How are Volkswagen preparing for it?
What are you expecting from the Rally Mexico?
You are the new WRC leader. Is there now a big battle going on between you and Sébastien Ogier?
What were you thinking during the Rally Sweden when Sébastien Ogier made a mistake?
With good performances you are increasing the pressure on your team-mates …
Are you afraid of Sébastien Ogier?
This season you are working with a mental coach. What has changed for you because of this?
Was it your idea to work with a mental coach?
Volkswagen have dominated recent rallies. Do you believe this domination can continue on gravel?
Your compatriot Marcus Grönholm was World Rally Champion in 2002. Is it not high time for another Finnish world champion?
You are a big fan of Henri Toivonen. Would you also like to become world champion for him?