Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen missed out on the runners-up spot in Sardinia this weekend after making a 'stupid mistake'.

Hirvonen has had a difficult season and while he was unable to challenge eventual winner, Sebastien Ogier on the opening day, he ran second throughout.

He then began the final leg on Saturday in style claiming his 250th stage win in SS9, the 19.27 km Monte Olia test.

However his joy was short lived, as he went off in the following stage and was unable to continue.

"Right at the start of the Terranova stage [SS10], about a kilometre in, there was a small left-hand hairpin and I braked a little bit too late and the car slid off into a deep ditch," the Finn explained. "It wasn't far, just one metre!

"Even with the many spectators who tried to help us though, we were not able to get the car out and back onto the road. It was especially frustrating as the car wasn't damaged at all."

"I'm really disappointed to have made a stupid mistake like that, because the car was working perfectly; the team has done a really great job this week and we were well placed to finish second," added Hirvonen, who now slips to fifth in the Drivers' Championship, 93 points behind Ogier.