Tänak to reconnect with Hyundai

Tänak to reconnect with Hyundai

While he left the fold of Hyundai at the end of last season to join Ford M-Sport, Ott Tänak confirmed this Wednesday his return to the South Korean team from 2024 and will notably team up with Thierry Neuville.

Ott Tänak was spoiled for choice. Under contract with Ford M-Sport for the 2023 season alone after hastily leaving Hyundai last year, the 2019 world champion ended the suspense this Wednesday. While rumors in the corridors have multiplied in this direction, the Estonian will indeed return to the fold of the South Korean manufacturer in 2024 in order to form a shock duo with Thierry Neuville.

“When exploring our options for 2024, I opened discussions with Ott Tänak, who admitted to being attracted by the renewed ambitions and structure that we have put in place,” said the director of the Hyundai Cyril Abiteboul team. We’re thrilled that he’s ready to take on his unfinished story with our team. » The president of Hyundai Motorsport, Sean Kim, went in the same direction, ensuring that he was “delighted to welcome Ott Tänak” into the fold of the manufacturer. In the eyes of the latter, the pair formed by the Estonian and Thierry Neuville combine “two of the most talented and competitive crews” in order to lead Hyundai to the top.

Tänak: “Hyundai has a clear vision and goal”

Ott Tänak does not hide it, the evolution of the management within the South Korean team, in particular the departure of Andrea Adamo and the arrival of Cyril Abiteboul, weighed heavily when opting for a return in the stable he left less than twelve months ago.

« Since our parting ways exactly a year ago, the team has worked very hard on its new technical structure, he recalled. Hyundai Motorsport has a clear vision and goal for the near-term future and this is something that convinced me to join forces again. For this new chapter, our objective will be nothing other than to seek the three world titles. With the new stable structure, we have everything we need to achieve this. » While Toyota remains a scarecrow in the WRC and the future of Ford M-Sport is not assured, Ott Tänak made the choice of reason but also of ambition, he who won the Chile rally on last weekend, his second success of the year after that acquired in Sweden.

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