Citroen team boss Olivier Quesnel says he 'doesn't care' whether or not Dani Sordo holds off Petter Solberg on the final day of Rally Cyprus, with his main hope being for the Spaniard to secure as many manufacturers' points as possible.
Sordo went into day two of the event in second place but dropped back from team-mate Sebastien Loeb over the course of the day and fell behind Ford's Mikko Hirvonen into third on the second stage of the morning.
Through the afternoon, Sordo – and Loeb – both struggled for pace and Solberg was able to take huge chunks out of the Spaniard to end the day less than 16 seconds behind.
“I know it's an under-statement, but today didn't go as well as we had been hoping,” Sordo admitted. “Petter got very close this afternoon, but we will do all we can to defend our footing on the podium tomorrow.”
However, with Solberg on a charge and expressing a desire to push for a podium slot, Quesnel said his driver wouldn't be pushing on the final day to minimise the chances of a mistake and admitted he was more concerned about points for the championship title, especially with Jari-Matti Latvala's accident set to hit Ford's tally from the event.
“No I don't think so,” he said when asked if he thought Sordo could hold onto third. “There will not be any battle. Petter cannot score Manufacturers' points, so for me I only need Dani to finish. I don't care if he is third or fourth. We just want the points.”