Jari-Matti Latvala moves to Volkswagen
Last Updated: October 17, 2012 12:18pm
Jari-Matti Latvala: Moving to Volkswagen in 2013
Jari-Matti Latvala will leave the Ford works rally team and race for Volkswagen next season.
Ford announced on Monday that they were withdrawing works support from the world rally championship from next season.
Latvala, 27, has been with Ford for five years and was the world championship runner-up in 2010.
"The determined approach of the Volkswagen team convinced me to accept this challenge," said Latvala, who will partner Sebastien Ogier next year.
"The time at Ford was very valuable for me and I would like to thank everyone who supported me there in the past years. It wasn't easy for me to say goodbye.
"At the same time, I see the change as a personal new beginning. I've taken this decision in order to make another step towards reaching my big aim: the world champion's title with Volkswagen."
Latvala and co-driver Mikka Antila are third overall in the standings with France's Sebastien Loeb having already clinched his ninth title in a row for Citroen.
Loeb will not be defending his championship next year.