The Hyundai Motorsports WRC Team have revealed photographs of the I20 Coupe WRC that they hope will help them to defend the Manufacturers championship ahead of the start of the 2021 World Rally Championship season in Monte Carlo next weekend.
Speaking ahead of the new season, Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Andrea Adamo commented saying:
The recipe for 2021 remains the same: we need to keep working as hard as we did in previous seasons, and we have to be focused. We must forget what we have done so far because we cannot rely on the past – we have to build our future. It will take some time to learn the nuances of these new Pirelli tyres, and the list of challenges ahead is long, but we will try to manage everything as best as we can. Our approach has to be exactly the same as it was in the second half of the 2020 season. We have to fight for victory at every event, and we are facing fierce competition. It is a testament of our reputation in motorsport that we boast an incredibly strong crew line-up to help us achieve our goals in 2021.
Estonian’s Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveojo return to the team this season and speaking ahead of next weekend’s rally, Tanak commented saying:
Our approach is to always find the maximum in ourselves and the car, but of course it’s easier to know the limits this year as we have experience of the car already. I hope we will have a longer and more normal year, so we can really get back into the competition and work mode again. It was not easy to get into the rhythm of the championship last year, with events often cancelled and replaced, so a lot was going on. Still, I’m happy with how well we managed to work together with the team during these difficult times and I believe it makes us stronger for the 2021 season. Our target is the championship title and for that we need to score high on every event.
Thierry Neuville is looking forward to the start of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship season saying:
In 2021 we’re going to fight for the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships. The manufacturers’ will be really important for the team but, for myself, I want to do everything I can for the drivers’ title. I’ve been chasing it for a couple of years, and I feel that we have the team and the car to do it, so it’s up to us now. I’m pleased to see Ypres Rally Belgium back on the calendar; it will be a real pleasure to run in front of the home crowd. The team and I have a great calibration as a result of our eight seasons together; our continuous hard work has seen us improve every year and brought home two titles for the team. We have seen many other famous drivers staying a long time in the same team and bringing back good results and that’s our goal for the future.
Dani Sordo returns alongside his co driver Carlos del Barrio return this year and speaking ahead of the season the Belgian driver commented saying:
I think we have been putting in very good performances in the last few seasons. My aim is to win more rallies and to take maximum points for the manufacturers’ championship in all of our rounds. Of course, it will be difficult changing co-driver and we will need a little bit of time to adapt. Some things are better and other things are not the same as before, but I am looking forward to the challenge. Borja is a really good guy and a great co-driver. In my opinion, he was the best option in Spain at the moment.
Ireland’s Craig Breen and Paul Nagle are back for a partial programme this season and speaking ahead of the season, Breen commented saying:
Our result in Estonia demonstrated that everything was there, and we could really fight at the front. I hope that with a more consistent program this season that we can be battling for more podiums. The one thing that has eluded me is a win, so I would desperately love to make that happen this year. Bringing back the manufacturers’ title for the third year in a row is going to be a huge challenge. Paul and I want to try and enjoy it as best as we can and hopefully have a great season altogether.