Thierry Neuville inherited third position on Sunday on Rally Italia Sardegna, finishing one-spot behind Hyundai team-mate Hayden Paddon.

Neuville had been 31.4 seconds adrift of Mads Ostberg going into the final leg, but when the Norwegian went off the road in the first test of the day and damaged his DS 3 WRC, the Belgian found himself bumped up to P3.

It was Neuville's second podium of the season - after finishing second in Sweden in February - and his fifth in total since moving to Hyundai.

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It also came despite a troubled Friday - with a puncture in the morning and a loose turbo pipe in the afternoon - and despite losing the power steering on Saturday morning.

"For sure, it has not been an easy weekend so to come away with a podium result is absolutely great," said Neuville. "I am very happy for myself and for the team after all of the work we've had to put in this weekend.

"From the very first day, we found these Sardinian stages to be very demanding and often quite rough, which has been tough for the car and from a driving point of view. We have battled a few problems but the team has worked exceptionally well to keep the car running strongly.

"Overall, it has been a competitive weekend for the team, and we were able to take a stage win [on Saturday afternoon] and set some other quick stage times. We have benefited from road position at times but we can all be very proud of our achievements.

"We kept focused and worked our way into the podium positions, so we just had to take it easy today to consolidate the double podium result."