Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team man Evgeny Novikov has admitted he still has no idea whether or not he will get a WRC drive next season.
Novikov has had a rather mixed year and while he took ten points finishes in his Fiesta RS WRC - including two fourth places in Portugal and Argentina, he also had a number of offs, including one on last weekend's season finale, Wales Rally GB.
The Russian was battling for P4 with team-mate Mads Ostberg and Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen until Saturday morning, when he went out in SS11, the first-run through Dyfi. He later conceded it was his own fault
– after making a mistake in the recce – and while he rejoined the fold on the final day and finished under Rally 2, 19th overall definitely wasn't how he wanted to end 2013.
“Having had to Rally 2 today, the rally didn't end the way we wanted it to,” he said at the finish, “but I just need to accept that.”
“There were some positive moments on this rally. We scored two points on the Power Stage and jumped to seventh overall [in the Drivers' Championship]. We made a mistake yesterday, but other than that was fine," he added.
“I think that we had some good speed [too] and were driving well – the fact that we were able to trade times with the leaders is a big positive.
“For us, today [Sunday] was all about checking the pacenotes to get them as perfect as possible for the future. A lot of these stages were new to us, and with nothing much to gain, it was important to complete them.”
Asked about his plans for 2014, he replied: “I don't know what will happen next year. [But] of course I would like to be here again.”