Hyundai Motorsport WRC Team Principal Andrea Adamo says that the outfit’s aim for the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship season which gets underway in Monte Carlo this weekend is clear and that is to win their third consecutive manufacturers title.
The team go into the event this weekend aiming to take victory just like they did last year and speaking ahead of the event Adamo commented saying:
It is the eve of our eighth season at the pinnacle of rallying and we are ready to do battle once more. Our goal for 2021 is clear: we are here to win our third consecutive manufacturers’ title and to support our crews to achieve their own ambitions. We have all worked hard to ensure the momentum we gathered in the second half of 2020 extends into a new season. Continuing to improve the reliability and performance of the car will be the key to fighting at the front event after event. It will be another intense competition, so we have to be on top form from the start.”
In 2021, Hyundai have a range of drivers with Ott Tanak and hierry Neuville returning full time while Dani Sordo and Craig Breen will share a third i20 Coupe WRC this year. Looking ahead to Monte Carlo, Tanak says:
“Monte is always a challenge, perhaps the biggest one of the season. It’s the first event of the year and you’re always a bit more anxious, nervous, and unsure of what to expect. The weather is always changeable so it’s a place where you can expect to see everything at the same time, as it was in our first rally of 2020; you need to get a feeling for the year ahead.
Thierry Neuville is looking forward to the event this weekend saying:
Monte-Carlo is always a tricky event to start the season, mainly due to the conditions we can face. It’s a tarmac event but obviously, during the winter period, we can come across black ice, snow, slush, rain. It’s one of the only events where we have four tyre choices as well. The last two editions were great for the team, missing out on the win by two seconds in 2019 and then scoring our first victory in 2020. It will be my first event with Martijn as my co-driver and we are working hard to get ready although it is set to be a very challenging event for both of us.
Dani Sordo commented on this weekend’s event saying:
For me this is one of the most challenging rallies of the year. The conditions can change quickly; in the same stage you can have snow, ice and dry conditions. It is always important to make wise tyre choices, and to have really good information from the gravel and weather crews. There’s a lot of things going on around you that you need to get to work in Monte-Carlo. This is my final rally with Carlos, and we want to go out on a high.