Dani Sordo feels had he not suffered a stuck throttle pedal on the first day at Rally Argentina he would have battled for the final step of the podium with Andreas Mikkelsen.

The Hyundai Motorsport driver narrowly missed out on third place at the South American event by 12 seconds from Volkswagen's Mikkelsen and believed he could have comfortably bridged the gap had it not been for a stuck throttle pedal in the opening stages.

Despite his frustration at missing out on the podium, Sordo has heaped praise on team-mate Hayden Paddon and Hyundai for producing the maximum from the new generation i20 WRC machine.

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"It is a great day for our team with a special win for Hayden and all three of our New Generation i20 WRC cars finishing inside the top-six," Sordo said with the third factory Hyundai taking sixth with Thierry Neuville at the wheel. "We got the maximum out of the car this weekend and can be pleased with our performance. The issues we had with the stuck throttle pedal on Friday lost us around 20 seconds. Without that, I am sure we would have been able to take a podium."

Despite failing to secure a podium in any of the opening four rounds of the season, after he was forced to relinquish third place in Mexico for a tyre infringement, Sordo was still able to strengthen his fifth position in the World Rally Championship standings after Jari-Matti Latvala crashed out while leading in Argentina.

Sordo also grabbed two bonus points for finishing second in the Power Stage, with winner Paddon taking third in the stage, which supported the Spaniard's belief the Korean manufacturer can take the fight to Volkswagen squad for the remainder of the campaign.

"We have shown encouraging competitiveness and have taken some very important points for the team," he said. "We also had a good push in the Power Stage to add two extra points, which was a good feeling. The car has improved a lot and this rally will give us more impetus to continue our strong start to 2016 in Portugal."