Championship leader Sebastien Ogier says he “took what he could” from Rally Poland, adding the final day was all about survival.
Ogier was unable to compete at the front on Friday and Saturday as he lost out running first in the order, and then with conditions so bad on the final day, his main aim was just to get to the finish.
The Frenchman eventually brought his Polo R WRC home in sixth place, 6.5secs shy of team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, although he was quickest in the Power Stage to claim the maximum three bonus points.
“I wanted a bit of rain [on Friday and Saturday] - but not this much!” Ogier said at the finish. “I don't think we would ever hope for these kinds of conditions. The last two stages were just about survival.
"Not maximum points, but we took what we could - eight points [plus three from the power stage] is better than nothing.
“Congratulations to Andreas and Anders [Jaeger], who did a good job all rally [and won]. But respect also to the performance of Ott Tanak [who lost the lead after a puncture in the penultimate test]. As always in Poland, he was really quick.
"At the end of the Power Stage I tried to console him a little. It really hurts when you come so close to your first win in the World Rally Championship [and then don't get it].”
Sixth place was, however, good damage limitation for Ogier, and while his lead in the Drivers' Championship is cut, Mikkelsen moving up to second as his principal challenger, he remains 51 points ahead with the season now halfway through. His advantage had been 64 points prior to the weekend.
“It was a tough weekend for Julien [Ingrassia] and me, so I am glad [as I said] that we at least managed to pick up a few points towards the overall standings,” Ogier continued.
“For me in the role of 'road-sweeper' [on Friday and then again Saturday] it was one of the toughest [two] days I've ever had. As such, it is hard to really enjoy driving at this pace. We were right on the limit, and even beyond on a few occasions. We actually had a few precarious moments.
“The conditions were then really slippery today, the toughest they've been for a long time. It was all about getting the Polo home in one piece.
“I am now looking forward to returning home to my wife and [our new born] son. I have received so many presents for Tim that I might have to buy an extra suitcase!”