Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has said Rally Italia Sardegna was '90 per cent' positive for him.

Kubica re-started today under Rally 2 and eventually brought his M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC car to the finish in eighth place. However it could have easily been fifth, but for a mistake in the penultimate stage on Saturday, when he hit a rock and took the front right-wheel off.

Despite that though, the Pole was still pretty pleased and he set some very good stage times throughout the event, including going second quickest in SS5 and third in SS3 and SS9. In total he set twelve top-six times from a possible 17.

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"It has been a mixed weekend, but 90 per cent has been positive," said the Pole immediately after SS17. "The most important thing is that I finally have the pleasure from driving a rally car on gravel. Yesterday was my mistake. But that is how it is."

Speaking back in the final service, he added: "Unfortunately we made one small mistake this weekend. It wasn't a mistake from driving too fast; we just hit a stone that we could not see which broke the wheel. Were it not for that we would have finished a lot higher."

"Of course the most important thing is the way I drove all the rally. The feeling behind the wheel was very good which is important because normally on gravel I don't have such a good feeling. This is something promising and I hope that we can take this forward to the next events," he continued.

The WRC heads to Poland at the end of the month now and Kubica is sure to be in demand on home soil: "Rally Poland will be another new event for us, but I think that the rally will be something very special. Not only for myself, but for also for Polish motorsport and for the Polish fans - of which there are a lot!" he remarked.

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile reckons Kubica made a 'big step' forward in Sardinia.

"It's fair to say that Robert was really unfortunate yesterday. The rock was unsighted and he had done very little damage to the car.

"He's made a big step in performance though and it is great to see him leaving a rally full of confidence and looking forward to his home event," Wilson concluded.