M-Sport Team Principal Malcolm Wilson has said his two drivers have 'huge potential' for the season ahead despite a difficult Rallye Monte Carlo.

M-Sport driver Elfyn Evans finished seventh after battling in the top five for the majority of the rally, but the Welshman clipped a wall in SS11 on Saturday, damaging his rear suspension on his Ford Fiesta RS WRC which dropped him down the order.

His team-mate Ott Tanak ended the rally 18th despite running as high as second overall at the end of the first stage. An unseen patch of gravel after a crest caused the Estonian to lose control and slide down a steep embankment.

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Thanks to Tanak's refusal to admit retirement and some enthusiastic spectators, he re-joined to claim two Manufacturers' points.

Wilson was disappointed at his team's result but feels his young drivers, who were both driving in just their second Rallye Monte Carlo, have good potential for future performances.

"The result is not what it could have been, but I have been extremely impressed by both Evans and Tanak this weekend," Wilson said. "We were running as high as third and fourth overall and it is fair to say that we never expected to be in that position. They have the speed, but they also have the will and the determination to succeed.

"They'll never give up and that's what will see them go far. Needless to say that the whole team is extremely encouraged by the huge potential they both possess."