The pressure is mounting on Latvala and Hirvonen

The pressure is mounting on Latvala and Hirvonen

The rest of the 2012 WRC season is crucial for the careers of Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen. The Ford Finn needs to stop crashing, and the Citroen Finn needs to beat his team-mate soon

Sebastien Loeb looked distinctly awkward at the question. What had he done with them? Where were those five pairs of cowboy boots? No matter. He'd just taken delivery of his sixth pair. And they fitted just fine.

Loeb's not a cowboy-boot kind of a bloke, but he just can't help himself; he's taken a pair home with him the past six times he's been to Mexico. Given Leon's famed shoe production – the place churns out half of Mexico's leather footwear – it's a tradition that the organisers hand over a pair to the winner of the event.

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