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GP Week : Issue 168
1) Who is going to be the next best young driver? JML: Mads Ostberg has already had some very good results this year, and if he gets a factory drive he would become a very important driver. Thinking about the young drivers in the championship, we already have Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville, very promising young drivers, then I would say the next two after them are Esapekka Lappi and Elfyn Evans is also showing very strong success. 2) How do you think that the world championship could be made more popular? JML: First of all we need more teams. We don’t have enough teams but next year we are getting Volkswagen. Then also the television side is not right and we need to get the promotions side fixed. When I was out of action earlier this year with a shoulder injury, it was great to follow Rally Argentina on the internet but I feel that the rally programmes are not as exciting as they used to be. Looking back to when I started, when you had many top drivers and many top teams, that is the first step that makes it exciting. The second thing is when there used to be three cars in a team. For me, that was a good thing. 3) Do you think the arrival of Volkswagen will encourage new extra manufacturers? JML: I feel so. I hope other manufacturers will notice that if VW, one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world, can get good publicity from rallying, they will see that they are missing something unless they are involved as well. So I really hope so. . 4) What do you think about Sebastien Loeb? JML: He is the best man in rally history. I think overall in motorsport he is the best man in all the fields. I don’t think it will be easy to have someone else like him again. He is really, really strong in everything he does. I really admire him but of course at the same time I want to beat him. 5) What do you remember about your big crash in Portugal in 2009? Did you close your eyes? JML: There was so much sand coming inside the car that it was difficult to see what was happening. But I remember noticing the roll cage come crashing down and at that moment I thought I was going to die. The biggest relief was when it all stopped and I could see that Miikka (Anttila, my co-driver) and I were alright, and I remember the next thing. All Miikka said was: “These things happen when you go fast!" 6) How do you think that the Fiesta compares with the DS3? JML: For me they are very close to each other; very, very same level, and I need to say that in Finland the DS3 did a little step forward but still the cars are very close to each other. I believe our Fiesta can still be improved. RALLY >>> INTERVIEW Portugal 2009 – Latvala and Anttila went off the road on a left-hand bend and rolled 17 times, 150m down a steep hill, finally coming to rest against a tree. It was the biigest crash, of a number, in Jari-Matti's exciting career to date. FAQs: Latvala’s Frequently Asked Questions 45 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: