Jari-Matti Latvala denies Germany crash ended 2014 WRC title bid
|By David Evans||Friday, August 29th 2014, 11:09 GMT|
Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala insists his 2014 World Rally Championship title bid remains on course despite crashing out of the lead in Rally Germany.
Latvala had the chance to slash team-mate Sebastien Ogier's 44-point advantage in the championship after the Frenchman retired early on in Germany following two crashes, but squandered a lead of almost one minute with an incident of his own on the opening stage of the final day of the rally.
"It would have been a really good chance to come out of the event 16 points behind, but it didn't happen," said Latvala.
"I promise this will never ever happen again.
"Now I'm looking forward to Australia - it'll be difficult for Sebastien to open the road there if it's dry.
"I'll be second on the road and I have a bit of a chance. There are four rounds to go, the fight goes on."
Latvala added that he was upbeat about his improved pace on asphalt despite throwing away the chance of taking his first WRC win on the surface.
"This was not a high-speed accident coming from pushing too hard," he added.
"I have never ever driven so well, never been so confident in the conditions, which are always changing.
"The main thing is that I know I can challenge Sebastien everywhere and I can drive under pressure."