26 Feb 08
After a sensational victory on the last WRC round in Sweden, Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala says he is not looking to repeat the result on the forthcoming Rally Mexico.
Latvala became the youngest driver in history to win a WRC round in Sweden on only his second outing with the team. But despite his recent giant-killing performance the 22-year-old Finn says he’s going to be taking things a little easier in Mexico.
"I don't have as much experience in Mexico compared to some other rounds and I need to be a bit calmer than in Sweden,” said Latvala. “Another win isn't a realistic aim and I would be happy with a top three position.”
Latvala was seventh in Mexico last year, his best result from just two starts, and has learned to be cautious of the water crossings. "In the recce the roads are in good condition but it's surprising how many big impacts the cars can take during the rally itself. Where the water flows down from the mountains and crosses the roads, the concrete crossings can be deep and after a fast section the car can take quite a hard impact there," he explained.
After a pre-event test in France, Latvala declared himself satisfied with the new Scorpion control tyre from Pirelli. “I was very satisfied with last week's test. The tyres felt strong. I had a couple of impacts with stones but no punctures so I have no concerns.”