Hyundai to work even harder for the upcoming WRC events after disappointing Rallye Monte Carlo

The team principal of Hyundai Motorsport. Julien Moncet, says that his team will double its efforts for the upcoming WRC events after disastrous Rallye Monte Carlo.

Thierry Neuville was the only Hyundai driver who got to the finish of last week's Rallye Monte Carlo finishing in sixth position overall, but his weekend was not easy, because he faced understeer and lost the brakes early in Stage 1.

In addition, he received a 10-second time penalty for checking one-minute late at the stage arrival control of Stage 10 as he reported that something was broken in his i20N while the front right suspension was broken down in Stage 12 resulting in losing more than three minutes there.

On the other side, Oliver Solberg was forced to retire at the end of the first stage on Sunday as he and his co-driver, Elliott Edmondson, did not feel well after having been inhaling fuel fumes since Friday.

Finally, Ott Tanak was not able to restart under the regulations of Rally2 on Sunday as Hyundai mechanics detected an issue in his i20N after his spin Stage 11.

"It has been a very tough rally", Moncet said.

"We knew coming here it would be difficult. 

"We finished the cars just in time. 

"We had a lot of work to do over the last weeks, so we knew it would be challenging. 

"When you start a race you always expect for more and we are just not where we would like to be. 

"We are here to win and it is quite disappointing. 

"Nevertheless we have learned a few things, as it was the first time we were able to measure our car against our competitors. 

"We have seen that when the car is running trouble-free the performance is there, so this is something positive. 

"One car finished, we won one stage, but we know we have to work even more and push even more. 

"We will have to ask all the people that were here in Monte Carlo and back at the factory to double their efforts. 

"We have a bit of time until Sweden so we will have the opportunity to continue testing with our car, and even more time until Croatia. 

"The situation is bad but still under control".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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