Robert Kubica has admitted a 'misjudgement' was to blame for his crash on day two of Rallye Monte Carlo.

Kubica was battling for third with Britain's Kris Meeke when the incident occurred in SS9, the repeat-run through the 49.03 km Vitrolles-Faye test - the longest stage of the event. The Pole was caught out under braking and collided with a bridge 32 kilometres from the start line. With his Ford Fiesta RS WRC stricken down a steep embankment, there was no hope of rejoining the stage and his maiden WRC outing with the M-Sport team came to an untimely end.

"There was a sudden change of grip. We knew to be cautious because we had it marked in our pacenotes from the ice note crew, but unfortunately I misjudged how big the change would be," Kubica explained.

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"Just before [the crash] the grip was really good, but there was also a lot of mud on the stage. We went into the corner, the front went straight, we hit a bridge and unfortunately that was the end of our rally."

Despite the disappointment however, it was still a very positive event for the former F1 star. Indeed he led early on in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, after winning the first two stages, and while he slipped back in SS3 - a consequence of making an unfavourable tyre choice for the snow-covered descent, he remained in podium contention right up until his off, posting six top-three times in total from eight stages.

"I can understand how Robert feels tonight. Having spoken with him, he is hugely disappointed and feels as though he has let the team down, but that is certainly not the case," M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson added.

"We are absolutely delighted with his performance and the entire team is now 100 per cent behind him," Wilson concluded.