Latvala: Italy defeat a minor setback

Latvala: Italy defeat a minor setback
By AutoSport

11/06/2014 at 00:24Updated

Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala says losing Rally Italy was a setback rather than a killer blow to his World Rally Championship aspirations.

Latvala blew a half-minute lead to let team-mate Sebastien Ogier win his fourth event from six starts this season - expanding his lead over the Finn to 33 points.

"I had this chance [to win again]," said Latvala.

"I held it in my hands again and I let it slip. The main thing is that the championship is still alive and we can recover.

Can Latvala keep Ogier on the ropes?

"This was a good chance to get closer to him, but it didn't happen because of my mistake.

"It could have been worse, if I had tried to push harder and then gone off the road, I would have had zero points.

"If Ogier has a problem and if he doesn't finish a round then we are right there. We keep pushing."

Latvala's 2014 campaign has so far proved more successful than last season, where, after six rounds, he trailed his fellow Polo R WRC driver by 52 points.