Hyundai's Dani Sordo says he feels "sorry" for Robert Kubica after the former F1 man crashed out in the final stage of Rallye de France handing the Spaniard back fourth place.

Sordo had been involved in a good scrap for fourth throughout the weekend, but was reeled in by Kubica on day two, before the Pole moved in front in the first stage today and then pulled away.

However in SS18, Kubica went off and Sordo found himself bumped back up to P4, although he admitted it wasn't the way he wanted to take it.

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"It has been fun to be in the fight for fourth place," Sordo said, "but it wasn't the way we wanted the rally to finish with Robert's retirement in the final stage. I feel very sorry for him."

"A fourth place finish in this tough rally though is quite good and we have learned a lot about the car," he added.

"There are a lot of positive elements to take away from this event. Generally, it has been a trouble-free rally and we have been able to make steady improvements to the car over the three days.

"The team has also worked very professionally and I think we can be satisfied with our achievements."

Meanwhile, Thierry Neuville and Bryan Bouffier also finished in the points, coming home eighth and ninth respectively in the sister Hyundai i20 WRCs, the former recovering well after losing 2.5 minutes on Friday with a broken turbo.

"It was always going to be tough to fight back after our issue on Friday but we pushed hard and I think we can be pleased," Neuville noted. "For the team, to have another three car finish is very useful for our continued learning, and for me personally, I feel that I have done the maximum.

"It was a good final morning with some nice stages and competitive times. Of course, we would have liked to have finished further up the classification but the team has done a fantastic job to allow us to complete the rally and to make improvements to the car."

"It has been very enjoyable to take part in Rallye de France, my home event, and to have such great support from the local fans," added Bouffier.

"We took things a bit easier today, not to compromise the three car finish and we had a lot of fun on the stages. A top ten finish is okay considering how tricky the weekend has been. We have tried our best and the team has done a good job to help us to get a better feeling with the car. There is obviously room for improvement but we've come here to learn and improve - and we've achieved that."