Dani Sordo admits there was no need for him to push on the final day of Rally Portugal once it became apparent that he wasn't going to overhaul Mikko Hirvonen to give Citroen a 1-2 finish.

The Spaniard went into the final leg of the event running in third place behind second-placed Hirvonen and Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, but struggled during the morning stages to make any impression on the Ford ahead.

With dust hanging in the air and a low-sun making it difficult for Sordo to see clearly on the stages, he elected to settle for third with a comfortable gap to Petter Solberg behind, and he admitted that he was going to take confidence from his feeling with the car for the next round of the season in Argentina.

"As soon as it became clear that I wouldn't be able to catch Mikko today, I decided not to take any risks," he said. "I felt very comfortable with my car throughout the rally, and that's a good omen for the rounds which come next."

The podium was Sordo's second of the campaign and sees him maintain his third place in the points standings.