Citroen's Dani Sordo has said he was 'pretty pleased' with his performance on Rallye de France-Alsace last weekend.
Sordo ran at the front throughout the four-days in his Abu Dhabi Citroen
Total World Rally Team DS3 WRC car, although in the end he couldn't stick with Sebastien Ogier
on the final day and finished 12.2 seconds adrift in P2.
It was his second podium in succession – after his debut win in Germany back in August – and his fourth of the season, a result that moves him up to fourth in the Drivers' Championship and back ahead of team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen, who has done one event extra.
“I'm above all disappointed for Seb [Loeb – my team-mate, who crashed out on the final day]. It would have been a fitting end to the party if he had been able to stay in the fight to the end. As far as I'm concerned though, I'm pretty pleased with how the rally went, although I can't be entirely satisfied to finish as runner-up,” Sordo said after the eleventh round in the 2013 World Rally Championship. “I drove well and didn't make any mistakes, but sometimes I was just a bit short on confidence depending on the road conditions.”
Asked about the fight on the final day, Sordo conceded he just had no answer to Ogier's pace: “To be honest, Sebastien drove very well. I think our best performance was yesterday [Saturday]. Today, Sebastien did a very good drive in the first stage and beat us. After that, it was difficult. We tried a little bit in the next stage but the conditions were also pretty slippery, so we decided to keep the second place.”
Despite having to settle for second though, Sordo added that the result in France had boosted his confidence again.
“The confidence is higher than before. To have this kind of battle is really nice. It's better if you win. [But] to see four drivers within five seconds [going into the final day] is very good for everybody - and for me and for my confidence. It's good to fight with two World Champions.
“The feeling is great [now going to Spain too]. I think it will be a rally a little bit like this. I will push like hell. [Jari-Matti] Latvala now has very good performances on tarmac too. [Thierry] Neuville is also very fast. The last leg is on gravel but I'm confident for this day, too.”
Sordo's co-driver, Carlos Del Barrio meanwhile is also bullish about what they can achieve in Spain: “For me, all this weekend was an unforgettable achievement,” he continued. “For many reasons, it was a unique rally. I'm proud to have been part of this show because, somehow, it will maybe not be repeated in the future. We were five top crews fighting for the lead. You saw the atmosphere out there - It has been amazing.
"For sure, we are looking forward to Catalunya [now]. Both Dani and myself are very confident after this difficult summer. The target for the second place in the Championship is going to be difficult. It depends on Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala. But I think we can get many points in the couple of events that are coming,” Del Barrio concluded.