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After an incredibly frustrating start to the 2019 season, Jari-Matti Latvala says that he has used the summer break to get away and enjoy the simple things before re-launching himself into the second part of the season.

“I try not to think about rallying in the summer,” the popular Finn told wrc.com. 

“I have a new summer house, so I’m there and I’m trying to get away from rallying. This is good for my head to get away from all of this. I need to do this now.

“The season has been so difficult. I need to take a bit of little distance and then come back and try to build from Finland onwards.”

The 34 year-old has struggled and has his best results have been two top-five results. This has seen speculation grow about his future in the championship, as the Finn is uncontracted at the end of the season. He does, however, hold confidence in his speed.

“The speed is there,” he said. “The speed is not a problem, but it’s the other things, getting them right. OK, it’s been bad luck and a little bit of my mistake. It’s been a combination of things.

“Last time in Sardinia, when I was leading, I couldn’t believe what happened with the roll. When it started to go over, I said: “No, no, it cannot roll like this…” But it did. I need to forget these things and focus on what’s coming.

“The summer break is a good one. OK, we had a Germany test at the start of the month and another test for Finland, but between these I have time to relax and put my mind to other things like working on the sauna in the summer house."

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