Neuville was quick to point out that no rules had been broken.
“We didn’t do anything forbidden,” said the second-placed Portugal finisher, speaking before rival Sebastian Ogier made his accusations on Hyundai team principal Andrea Adamo.
“We just tried to stay together as a team and fight as hard as we could for everything we could take and, at the end, we took second position with four points in the powerstage and this a good effort.
Asked if he thought the tactics had helped him, Neuville added: “I don’t know if it helped a lot, but at least it optimised the situation.”
Neuville made no comment on rival Ogier’s allegations that Adamo was ready to take those tactics further.
Ogier responded to Neuville’s comments, saying: “For the strategy there’s not much to say. There’s nothing forbidden so what can you comment? That’s just the way to play it, there’s nothing to comment.”