Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala says his failure to finish Rally Argentina was a "bitter blow" for him and the team.

Latvala looked set for a podium throughout and was running comfortably in third until a fuel supply problem forced him out in the penultimate stage on Sunday.

The Finn had already lost time on Friday with a transmission issue, when he was in contention for the win - and after no-scores in Mexico and Sweden, it is a further blow to his Championship aspirations.

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"It definitely wasn't our weekend - even though I was on course to finish on the podium until right before the end. El Condor is one of my favourite stages and I had big plans. But we had problems with the fuel supply on the way to the start," Latvala said.

"We tried to repair it, but had to retire four kilometres before the end of the stage. It's a bitter blow for us all, the team and the fans.

"After three 'zeroes' in the last three rallies I need to start picking up points again.

"My focus is on Portugal now..."

Meanwhile, Volkswagen boss Jost Capito has said they will need to "analyse the problems thoroughly to prevent a reoccurrence."

Indeed it was a bad weekend all round for VW, with Championship leader Sebastien Ogier also forced out on Friday due to a fuel supply issue.

He eventually finished 17th under Rally 2, while VW Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen crashed out in the final stage.

"Our goal for the Rally Argentina was to repeat last year's success. But you can't plan success in sport and every win must be fought for. This time we suffered a few setbacks, which we will learn from," Capito added.

"Jari-Matti Latvala's late retirement is particularly bitter since he was on track to finish on the podium until the last minute. We will analyse the problems thoroughly to prevent them from recurring in the future.

"Our congratulations go to Citroen, winner Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg in second, as well as third-placed Elfyn Evans with his M-Sport Ford.

"They deserved the win."