Citroen has apologised to Dani Sordo after the Spaniard picked up a five minute penalty before the WRC season in Wales had even got underway.

It was revealed on Thursday morning that Sordo had incurred a penalty for using a ninth chassis of the year, with regulations stating that an entrant is limited to eight.

Citroen has now revealed that the penalty came about after Sordo's car was unintentionally built on a chassis that had been allocated to its second team, with team boss Yves Matton apologising to his driver for the mistake.

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"I'm very sorry for Dani," he said. "We made a mistake in the nominations of the chassis. We used one of our chassis from the second team in the first team, and that counted as a ninth chassis."

Sordo himself said he could do nothing but take the penalty on the chin and insisted his approach for the weekend wouldn't change.

"Everybody is human, and mistakes happen," he said. "Sometimes I make a mistake and other times the engineers or the people from the team do.

"I'm very disappointed but we have nothing to gain now in the manufacturers' and the drivers' championships. All we can do is try to do the rally without thinking about it and try to have a good experience in the stages."