Martin Prokop has admitted it was a 'massive disappointment' to have to retire from Rallye Monte Carlo, the 2014 WRC season opener.

The Jipocar Czech National Team driver suffered an alternator failure in the very first test on Thursday and was then forced to park his Ford Fiesta RS WRC on the road section to SS2. With no Rally 2 on the Monte, that meant it was game over.

"It is really a massive disappointment for the whole team," Prokop stated.

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"But that simply is the world of rallying with all its ups and downs," he added. "We managed to go through the first third of the special stage without any problem and the times on the first two splits showed our speed and good tyre choice under the extreme conditions that prevailed here today.

"In the following kilometres though we experienced big problems with the alternator and despite disconnecting the light ramp and other devices we couldn't prevent the inevitable end.

"Now we have to put it behind us and wait for the next rally in Sweden where we will try to start the 2014 WRC season again."

Team manager Quirin M?ller meanwhile was equally disappointed, but maintained there were still some positives.

"After all the night shifts at the workshop and long preparations for the logistically demanding competition like Monte Carlo undoubtedly is we finished after few kilometres. However, promising results from the pre-race tests and even those few kilometres of the [first] special stage showed us that we started into the season in the right way," he continued. "Unfortunately some technical difficulties we can't avoid.

"So many thanks goes to our fans for their support and we believe that in Sweden next month they will see our crew happy on the finish ramp."