Defending WRC champions Hyundai Motorsport head into the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship which kicks off in Monte Carlo on Thursday with high expectations.
Speaking ahead of the first rally this weekend team president Scott Noh said:
We had a highly rewarding year across all areas of our business, including our first WRC title. “It is a significant and meaningful achievement, and something on which we want to build. For 2020, we hope to compete for both titles, fighting for victory at each round. I believe we have strong potential, not least with our new-look driver line-up.
Hyundai Team Principal Andrea Adamo said:
We have arguably one of the strongest crew line-ups in WRC. “It is a reflection of Hyundai’s reputation in international motorsport that we are able to attract such a calibre of talent. I, for one, am tremendously focused on what the coming season will bring.
Defending champion Ott Tanak joins the team from Toyota Gazoo Racing and speaking ahead of Momte he said:
“I have had some time to settle into my new home at Hyundai Motorsport, and I have certainly received a warm welcome. “I feel we are already heading in a good direction. The team has already demonstrated its capability by winning the manufacturers’ title. My first impressions of the car have been very positive, and I am convinced, together, we can compete for the titles this year.”
Dani Sordo returns for 2020 and speaking about the season ahead he said:
“To have the opportunity to continue my WRC career with Hyundai Motorsport is very special. We have shared many happy memories over the years, including our victory in Sardinia ´19 – a day that I will never forget! Each new season is like a fresh start. We will just take our events one by one, aiming to get the best out of ourselves and the car.”
Sebastien Loeb returns for a second season and he said:
“I had a very enjoyable first season with the team in 2019. “We were able to make some improvements during the year which we hope to use to our advantage during 2020. There are some interesting new events on the calendar, so I look forward to some classic routes and some new challenges.”
Thierry Neuville is looking forward to a strong season saying:
We head into 2020 motivated by the team’s manufacturers’ title and more determined than ever to push for the drivers’ championship. “We have shown ourselves to be quick, consistent and resilient in the face of challenges; we want to make the most of our years of experience and reward the hard work of the entire team with a title double