Hyundai Motorsports overnight Rallye Monte Carlo leader Ott Tanak endured a difficult second day of the opening event of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship on Friday, Tanak went into the second day off the back of two stages wins on Thursday, however things didn’t go too well for the team as he slipped to third place overall.

The Estonian goes into the weekend 25.3s behind new rally leader Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Eflyn Evans and speaking following the action he said:

It’s been a bit of a mixed day with some tricky conditions. In some places things have felt consistent, but then you have sections where the grip changes a lot and it’s difficult to figure out and find the limit. I tried my best, but I am lacking confidence at times and this is not the place to be a hero. In the final stage of the afternoon, we had no visibility with a misted-up screen, so things got extra complicated.”

Dani Sordo goes into the weekend action in sixth place overall and speaking following the action he commented saying:

Sordo said: “Conditions have been difficult, and it’s honestly been a challenge to find the grip and the confidence. I have struggled a lot, although we had a better run this afternoon. We lost a lot of time this morning which will be hard to catch back, but we keep on doing what we can. I can’t say I am happy with the performance but our time in the final stage shows that I can set good pace when I feel comfortable and confident in the car.” 

Thierry Neuville goes into the weekend in fifth place overall following a solid Friday despite a spin on SS5 and speaking following the action the Belgian commented saying:

Neuville said: “We ended the day with a really nice stage and an incredible job from Martijn. I have been feeling increasingly confident after a less than easy morning. We didn’t make the best tyre choice in the opening loop so we had to make the most out of it. We tried to stay cautious as the conditions have been really difficult. A top job at midday service, with a strong team spirit, allowed us to tackle the afternoon stages in a more positive manner. It still wasn’t a really big push because it’s tricky to catch back the time lost from the morning.”

Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Andrea Adamo commented saying:

For sure not the day we were hoping for. In the morning, with Dani and Thierry, we totally messed up the tyre choice. Ott did what he could with a car that was clearly not as competitive as the others. In the afternoon we caught up a bit but not at the level we should be – and have to be. That’s it. We will try to understand what is happening with the weather forecast and take it from there

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