Neuville disappointed with the Hyundai's give-up attitude and Solberg's withdrawal in Monte Carlo

Thierry Neuville is being disappointed with Hyundai and Oliver Solberg for giving up so easily and for not finding a solution to continue at Rallye Monte Carlo being of the opinion that valuable manufacturer's points were lost.

The Swede driver reported at the end of Stage 3 that there was smoke into his i20N resulting in having difficulty to breath.

However, this problem was not solved despite the service sections on Friday and Saturday and continued to exist throughout the weekend.

Solberg said at the end of Saturday that due to the fuel fumes he could not breath, felt dizziness and complained of chest pain, so he was thinking of retirement.

Despite this problem, he and his co-driver, Elliott Edmondson, started the final day of Rallye Monte Carlo, but they retired at the end of the first stage of Sunday as the conditions inside the car were unpleasant.

"There was a huge amount of hard work that went into the preparation, not only for me and Martjin but for the whole team", Neuville said.

"To not get the reward is very disappointing.

"Also, to see somehow that Oliver couldn’t get to the finish on Sunday and not bringing home the car for some little issues is a bit disappointing.

"I think there was a solution to continue.

"It was important for the manufacturers’ points. 

"I don’t like seeing that we give up so quickly.

"I have fought very hard, even if I think back to last year with all the troubles we had, we could fight for the championship again and were fighting hard every time with the problems.

"I’ve started this season more or less like I ended last year’s, and to see that not everyone was pushing in the same way was a bit of a disappointment today, but it is what it is".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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