Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has retired from day two of Rally Italia Sardegna after taking the front-right wheel of his M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC car.

The incident occurred near the end of SS12, the repeat-run through the 19.27 kilometre Monte Olia test. Kubica and co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak are both okay.

The Pole had been running comfortably in fifth, 42 seconds up on team-mate Elfyn Evans, and he had been posting some good times, including, on Friday, going second quickest in SS5 and third quickest in SS3 and SS9. This morning he had been sixth in SS10 and fifth in SS11. It is not yet known if he will be able to re-start on Sunday under Rally 2.

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Meanwhile, Sebastien Ogier was quickest in SS12, taking another 5.4 seconds out of his team-mate and rally leader, Jari-Matti Latvala. Latvala stalled his engine on the stage and his advantage is now down from 17.7 seconds to 12.3. Mads Ostberg remains third overall and has pulled further away from Andreas Mikkelsen in P4. After Kubica's exit, Elfyn Evans rounds out the top five.