Ford team principal Malcolm Wilson admitted major disappointment at Petter Solberg's second-stage departure from the Rally of Spain on Friday morning.
The Norwegian's factory Fiesta RS WRC had been running fourth after the opening stage this morning, before he stopped two-thirds of the way through the test. There is a suspicion that Solberg might have hit the same rock in the Pesells test which ruled him out of contention on this event last year.
"Obviously it's very, very disappointing," said Wilson. "I haven't spoken to him yet, but it sounds like the same place as last year.
"The front-left suspension on the car is broken. They tried to carry on but weren't going anywhere and stopped shortly after."
The Ford team hasn't seen Solberg's car yet, but it is hoped the 2003 WRC champion will return to the event for the asphalt stages over the weekend.
Wet conditions on the opening round of the final WRC round of the season has turned the formbook on its head, with M-Sport drivers Ott Tanak and Mads Ostberg running first and second.