Mikko Hirvonen has refused to confirm his plans for next season and amid speculation he might retire, told reporters ahead of Rally Australia that "you guys can speculate... it is more fun this way".

Hirvonen returned to M-Sport this year after two difficult seasons at Citroen, but has not really delivered managing only one rostrum and last time out in Germany he was beaten by his rookie team-mate Elfyn Evans.

"Isn't it funny how the press picks up on these things? Last year I had nothing at this time and nobody was talking about me retiring and now they are talking about retirement," he replied when asked about his future prior to the tenth round in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship.

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"I know personally what I want. If that's not possible then I will have to wait another year," he added.

Asked if he wanted to share those thoughts, he replied: "You guys can speculate. It's more fun this way..."

Meanwhile, he said there was not one specific reason why he hasn't been able to get more podiums in 2014.

"There are always many things going on; part of them are my mistakes and part of them are... getting a fire for no reason [like in Sardinia]. Obviously the motivation is there, not having been on the podium brings that motivation," he explained

"There are four rallies to go this year and that's what we're aiming for."