Robert Kubica has insisted there are positives to take away from Rally Poland, even if his home event wasn't the luckiest, with the former F1 driver eventually finishing a lowly 20th under Rally 2.

Kubica suffered a roll early on, but recovered and was running sixth on Saturday, despite two punctures in the morning.

It was SS17 though that proved his undoing, when an unsighted rock damaged the suspension on his M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC. The impact also started a small fire, as a broken damper dripped oil onto the brake disc and he was forced to call it a day.

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It meant any chance of scoring drivers' points was gone - although he did still take one manufacturers' point for the 'RK M-Sport World Rally Team' after rejoining for the final leg and getting his car to the end.

Speaking at the finish, Kubica added that the experience should definitely help for when he tackles Rally Finland at the end of next month.

"It hasn't been the luckiest of rallies for us, but there are still some positives to take away from the weekend," Kubica maintained. "Other than our small mistake [in SS17] I think we have been driving well and it was great to see so many fans out on the stages. We have to look on the positive side and there are many positives to take from this event.

"It [also] puts us in a good position ahead of the next event. Finland is a very particular event and I think after this rally the speed of the stages will not come as such a big surprise. Of course the character is very different with a lot more corners over crests, but the speed range is quite similar."

Asked about what happened in SS17, he replied: "I [just] turned into a corner a bit too late after a crest. It was narrow and as I exited the corner I went a bit too wide onto the grass where we hit something with the rear. I was hoping we only had a puncture but on the next crest I realised the wheel was damaged.

"We went off into a bank and hit another rock, this time with the front. The [second] hit was so hard that it damaged the bumper.

"Oil spilled onto the brake disc and that started a small fire. We [then] stopped immediately to put it out."

"It's been another tricky event for Robert," summarised M-Sport team principal, Malcolm Wilson, "but he has shown good speed and when everything is going right he seems to be enjoying the fast gravel stages. Hopefully this weekend will see him better prepared for Finland."