Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier was philosophical after his off on Friday which cost him any chance of winning Rally Sweden, round two of the 2014 World Rally Championship.

Ogier finished the first full-day of competition on Thursday 5.8 seconds up on team-mate, Andreas Mikkelsen. However the Frenchman's bid to take the glory again on the WRC's only winter event soon disappeared when he made a crucial error in the opening test, the 15 kilometre Lesjofors stage. That incident cost him 4.5 minutes and dropped him down to 20th.

Despite that though, he fought back and won six of the following eight stages to haul himself back up into the points, ending the leg ninth overall.

"That's rallying! We skidded into a snow wall twelve kilometres into the test. It was a slow corner, which is perhaps why I lost my concentration a little. I missed the entry to the corner and next thing we knew we were stuck. A stupid mistake, but these things happen," Ogier said at the end of Friday's action when asked about what happened in SS8.

"Thank you to all the fans who helped us out. We obviously have nothing to lose now," he added. "The conditions are not easy, but we will do our best to still pick up valuable points towards the World Championship. The realistic goal for Julien [Ingrassia - my co-driver] and me is now sixth place."

Volkswagen boss Jost Capito meanwhile was disappointed to see his number one driver go off, but he could at least console himself with the fact that team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen took up the mantle and concluded the day in first and second.

"It is a shame that Sebastien slipped up," Capito remarked, "and is no longer in contention as a result. However, he reacted the right way to his mishap, bouncing back in impressive style to set the fastest time on six special stages."

"It is great fun watching the battle between Jari-Matti and Andreas develop [too]," he continued. "Both have been outstanding and are driving both extremely sensibly and quickly at the same time. There are no team orders at Volkswagen. They are both free to fight for the victory [on Saturday].

"All in all, we are extremely happy with day two of the rally in Sweden. Let's hope it continues this way now," Capito concluded.



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