Hyundai: Abiteboul voit grand

Hyundai: Abiteboul voit grand

While the Korean brand Hyundai has been involved in the WRC since 2014, the results are far from expectations. In order to change the situation, Cyril Abiteboul said he wanted to draw inspiration from the work of Red Bull Racing in F1 for years to come.

Hyundai no longer wants to be a stooge. While the Korean brand will conclude its tenth full season in Japan from November 16 to 19 as a manufacturer competing in the World Rally Championship, the results remain very mixed. Indeed, if the brand has won the title of manufacturers’ world champion twice, in 2019 then in 2020, it has only 25 rally victories during this decade, the last having been acquired by Thierry Neuville at the occasion of the recent and unique Central Europe rally.

In a discipline that many people within the paddock consider to be losing momentum and which turns out to be outrageously dominated by Toyota, which has won the last five drivers’ titles, Cyril Abiteboul does not intend to give up. Arriving at the head of the manufacturer’s motorsport department last January, the former boss of the Caterham and Renault teams in F1 intends to react. PTo achieve his goals, the French engineer intends to remain faithful to his method

Abiteboul wants to see Hyundai Verstappen in Tänak

He plans to draw inspiration from the best to advance his training. Added to this is the return of a link who could be crucial alongside Thierry Neuville, Ott Tänak. After leaving Hyundai for Ford M-Sport last winter, the 2019 world champion will return home, to a team that has already changed a lot. Cyril Abiteboul is counting on the Estonian, even risking comparing him with another world champion.

“In my own history in motorsport, I have always been inspired by organizations that focus on a winning strategy, and where everything is driven by results,” he confided in an interview with the official WRC website. . I think about Red Bull Racing and if Ott Tänak was in Formula 1, I’m pretty sure he would drive for Red Bull Racing. This is the inspiration I want to bring to Hyundai. I wish we could be the Red Bull Racing of the WRC and Ott Tänak could be our Max Verstappen. » The Korean brand will also have to provide the Estonian with an i20 N Rally1 capable of competing with Toyota.

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