Volkswagen Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen felt he was "unlucky" not to finish higher than seventh on Rally de Espana this weekend.

Mikkelsen led early on and was in podium contention until he got puncture on day two in SS11, the repeat-run through the 50 km Escaladei 2 test, something that cost him over 2.5 minutes, dropping to seventh.

It then looked like he would take sixth on Sunday, having overhauled Thierry Neuville in the penultimate test, only for a time control error to land him with a 10 second penalty, dropping back down, 1.9 seconds off adrift.

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"I intended to do more than finish seventh. However, I'm happy with the result. A flat tyre on Saturday cost me more than two minutes. If that hadn't happened I might have made it onto the podium. It was unlucky," Mikkelsen said after the penultimate round in the 2014 World Rally Championship.

"Then all that was left was for me to fight Thierry for sixth place. In the end we lost that battle because we were too late starting the final stage and received a ten second time penalty. It was just a mistake - sometimes I make them, sometimes Ola [Floene - my co-driver] does. Everybody can do it - it is just human.

"But at least we got a point in the power stage [by finishing third] - especially as Ola is still fighting for third place in the co-drivers' standings."

Meanwhile, Mikkelsen, who is now assured of taking third spot in the Drivers' Championship, was quick to congratulate his team-mate Sebastien Ogier on successfully retaining his WRC Driver's title.

"I'd like to congratulate my team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia on winning the title. They prevailed despite Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila not making it easy for them. Hats off to them for that performance too," Mikkelsen added.