Jari-Matti Latvala’s FIA World Rally Championship title hopes have been bolstered once again following a second accident for Sébastien Ogier which has ruled him out of the rest of Rallye Deutschland. Latvala continues to head the field and has pulled out a 56.6 second lead over Kris Meeke, the Briton withstanding pressure from behind to maintain second position. Thierry Neuville has climbed up the leaderboard from fifth to third following an impressive day of competition.
Reigning FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier made a costly mistake in the final stage of Rallye Deutschland today, handing the advantage to team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala after the opening day of competition. The Finn heads the leaderboard with 37 seconds in hand to second-placed Kris Meeke. Dani Sordo, who has suffered with a more disadvantageous road position, has climbed into third and is just a further 5.6 seconds adrift.
DRIVERS – Jules BIANCHI (Marussia), Daniil KVYAT (Toro Rosso), Romain GROSJEAN (Lotus), Felipe MASSA (Williams), Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes), Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing)
Can I start with a question to all of you? We had news this week that next season there will be a 17-year-old driver on the grid. Can I have your reaction from a driver’s point of view? And maybe we’ll start with Felipe.