Citroen had its advantage at the head WRC manufacturer standings reduced to 14 points with rivals Ford finishing first and third in Sunday's conclusion to Rally Finland.
With just three rounds remaining Mikko Hirvonen leads the drivers' standings by three points but Citroen
boss Olivier Quesnel believes that the French team and rally star Sebastien Loeb
will bounce back.
"Of the four rounds which remained ahead of this weekend, this is the one we feared the most," said Quesnel. "I think it's fair to say that we were beaten by the best man on the day.
"Seb and Daniel's performance cannot be faulted, however, while Dani's result means that we have only dropped three points in the manufacturers' standings. We still enjoy an enviable lead of 14 points."