Hyundai's Thierry Neuville says he can't be completely happy with his fourth place finish on Rally Finland, although he admits it was probably the maximum given he had that big crash in the shakedown.

Neuville felled a tree on the Thursday, when he went off near the end of his first run through Ruuhimaki. However, despite heavily damaging the rear of his i20 WRC (see picture below), he was able to start, re-building his confidence on Friday morning and ending the first full day in fifth position.

Neuville then found himself bumped up to fourth on Saturday afternoon, when Kris Meeke went out in SS16, but at the finish was more than 2 minutes off Mads Ostberg and the final place on the podium.

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"To finish in fourth place is not a bad result considering the start we had to this rally! The team did an incredible job to fix our Hyundai i20 WRC after our crash in the shakedown and we have since worked hard to regain the feeling with the car on these fantastic stages," Neuville said.

"We couldn't really have expected anything better than fourth place this weekend. We can't be completely happy but it's a decent finish and, most importantly, we've picked up some good manufacturer points," he added.

"Thanks to the team for their support this weekend, we must now look towards Germany and hope to challenge closer to the podium."

Hyundai boss Michel Nandan agreed that the team need to find more pace to challenge for a top-three position.

"We can be reasonably satisfied with fourth place in Finland after a tricky rally," Nandan continued. "Thierry has worked calmly and steadily this weekend after his shakedown crash on Thursday and his fourth place is a reward for that approach.

"We must look at this rally closely though to understand where we can improve as a team because our overall pace was not enough to fight for the podium, which is where we want to be."

Meanwhile, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon both had more trying events in the sister i20 WRCs. Sordo finished eleventh, losing time on Saturday afternoon after getting stuck in a ditch in SS15, while Paddon crashed out on Friday in SS6.