Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica may have had to retire from Rallye Deutschland last weekend due to a transmission issue, but he still took some positives from the event, not least two stage wins.

Kubica made a mistake early on when he went off in in SS3 and lost over 4 minutes . However he showed good speed after that, winning SS7 and SS12 on Saturday, as well as posting two other top-ten times, to move back into the points.

Unfortunately, though, he was not able to finish after his Fiesta RS WRC car got stuck in third gear on the liaison section to the opening stage on Sunday.

"Rally Germany ended too soon for us. Just before the first stage [on the final day] the car stopped and I suspect it was a gearbox problem as we were stuck in third gear," Kubica said.

"It's a pity, but that's how motorsport is sometimes - sometimes you make a mistake, and sometimes the car breaks down.

"Up until that point it was going quite well - except for our little off on the first day. I was especially happy with my second pass of Panzerplatte [SS14], a very specialist stage that is different to any other. Even though the times were not excellent, I was happy with my driving in there. And of course it was nice to take two stage wins away from this weekend."

"Robert had a very good day on Saturday and drove well," added M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson. "To come back from Friday's disappointment and set fastest times is a big boost for him.

"Of course we've had a favourable road position, but to do what he did in such difficult and testing conditions - all credit to him."