Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen has insisted he wasn't taking too many risks on Saturday, when he went out of Rally Mexico for the second day in succession.

Speaking about his off in SS13, when he cut a corner and managed to flip his Polo R WRC on an embankment, he added that he was actually taking it easy: "Retiring early two days in a row obviously doesn't make a great impression. It might look as though I took too many risks today, but that is precisely what I was trying to avoid. I was actually downright cautious," he maintained.

"However, we hit a hole when cutting the corner in a left-hander, which flipped and rolled us. That was obviously it for today."

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"The plan coming into the rally was to get as many kilometres under our belt as possible in preparation for next year," added the Norwegian. "To learn anything of use, however, you still have to go at a decent speed.

"That will also be the approach tomorrow, when we return again under Rally2 regulations for the final stages."

Volkswagen motorsport director Jost Capito remarked: "It is hard to keep your concentration in the cockpit on the Rally Mexico's long special stages, which take place at high altitude and in high temperatures. The slightest moment of carelessness can lead to retirement - you can soon hit a rock on the narrow roads and damage a suspension.

"Unfortunately Andreas Mikkelsen found that out the hard way again today. But these things happen, and are part of rallying."