Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala says losing Rally Italy was a setback rather than a killer blow to his World Rally Championship aspirations.
Latvala blew a half-minute lead to let Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier win his fourth event from six starts this season - expanding his lead over the Finn to 33 points.
"I had this chance [to win again]," said Latvala.
"I held it in my hands again and I let it slip. The main thing is that the championship is still alive and we can recover.
"This was a good chance to get closer to him, but it didn't happen because of my mistake.
"It could have been worse, if I had tried to push harder and then gone off the road, I would have had zero points.
"If Ogier has a problem and if he doesn't finish a round then we are right there. We keep pushing."
Latvala's 2014 campaign has so far proved more successful than last season, where, after six rounds, he trailed his fellow Polo R WRC driver by 52 points.