Neuville not discourage from his crash in Monte test

Thierry Neuville does not be affected by the accident he had during his preparations for Rallye Monte Carlo admitting that nobody will feel comfortable in these new cars taking into account his feeling driving his new car.

The Belgian driver had a crash with the Hyundai i20N during his pre-event test in Monte Carlo earlier this month and his car ended up in a river resulting in his co-driver's, Martijn Wydaeghe, collarbone injury.

In fact the Hyundai team was forced to postpone his test after the massive crash they had due to the fact that the car was heavily damaged in the roof and in the chassis while it must be mentioned that the team had built only one chassis.

However, this was not the first time for Neuville who had a crash during his pre-event test as he had crashed again during his preparations for Tour de Corse back on March 2018 and his car ended up again out of a bridge in a river.

In that WRC event, Neuville and his former co-driver, Nicolas Gilsoul, finished third overall despite their test crash.

"There are so many unknowns about next season", Neuville said.

"I have a decent amount of mileage, but definitely not enough to say I am 100% comfortable. 

"I don’t think anybody can say that.

"I have proved in the past that accidents don’t disturb me a lot.

"When I am back in the car with the helmet on my head… there have been accidents before and they don’t change the approach to any event. 

"The target to win remains the same like before.

"The accident doesn’t affect my opinion of these cars in any way or about these technical regulations.

"I have never criticized going hybrid. 

"I have only criticized removing some technical features which are not only interesting to work on, but also giving the opportunity to us drivers to perfectly set up the car for our driving styles.

"An aspect of the 2017-2021 World Rally Car which was also was helping for our comfort in driving the cars".


Photo Credits: Rally Monza

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