Sebastien Ogier concedes to playing the long game as Jari-matti Latvala runs first on the road in Mexico
Sebastien Ogier’s tactical approach to the Rally Sweden powerstage means he loses the lead in the World Rally Championship for the first time in three years.
The Frenchman admitted after Sunday’s final stage in Sweden that he had throttled back in the hope that Toyota-driving Finn Jari-matti Latvala would top the table ahead of next month’s trip across the Atlantic.
As championship leader, Latvala will face the arduous task of running first on the road on the Leon-based rally.
Talking about his powerstage tactics Ogier said: “I had a little doubt he might pull back [in pace] and let me open the road again in Mexico, so I was quite happy to see him go fast!
“The target was: ‘OK, I need to be in the points, I need to take three or four points because I was sure Jari-matti Latvala would be in the top five.’ I’m happy with my four points.
“Jari-matti took everything and he leads the championship by four points, but I have somebody making the line ahead of me in Mexico.”