Dani Sordo has said Citroen 'mustn't give up' despite another drumming from Volkswagen on Rally Italia Sardegna last weekend.
Sordo had to settle for fourth place on the seventh round in the 2013 World Rally Championship and with team-mate and team leader, Mikko Hirvonen going out in SS10 - after making a 'stupid mistake' while running comfortably in second [see separate story - HERE
], Citroen has lost further ground to VW in the Manufacturers', with the gap widening from 18 points to 46.
Looking back on the event, Sordo added that he will be hoping for better next time out on Rally Finland.
“I'm pleased to have avoided making any major mistakes in the rally, especially on a course as difficult as this one,” Sordo remarked. “We did what we could and our efforts have secured a few points for the team.
“We mustn't give up. We have to keep working to ensure we have a more successful second half to the season.
“We would like to it to be better in Finland.”
Citroen boss Yves Matton meanwhile had little to say, and in the team's official post-event release he focused more on Robert Kubica's win in WRC2 - the Pole having dominated the support class in his Citroen DS3 RRC - than anything else.
“Although recent rounds have given us real reasons to be pleased, my feelings are more mixed after this rally,” Matton noted.
“Apart from the result of our works crews, I take heart though from the maturity shown by Robert Kubica.
“His second consecutive win in WRC2 shows that he has all the qualities to become one of the best among the current crop of rally drivers, and we are going to keep working with him to achieve just that.”