Hyundai Motorsport to review basic elements on i20N Rally1

The deputy team principal of Hyundai Motorsport, Julien Moncet, says that the team will review the basic elements of i20N Rally1 in intention of developing further its car for the rest of 2022.

The Korean team will be the only WRC team which will schedule tests for Rally Finland as it wants to improve its Rally1 car for this event due to the fact that the i20 always lacked pace on the fast gravel roads.

In addition to that, Hyundai is trying to find a solution to the reliability issues that faces this year and to the areas where their drivers are struggling the most, but the most noteworthy thing is that the team has won only one event so far this season.

Finally, it must be mentioned that Thierry Neuville, Ott Tanak and Oliver Solberg will test the i20N this week with the first one having completed his test yesterday.

"The only positive point of this weekend is that the cars made it to the end without major reliability issues compared to some other races, and especially Kenya, so it is quite an achievement so we can be pleased with that", Moncet said.

"Honestly heading into Estonia I was quite optimistic. 

"I thought we could fight for the win because we have had some good performance on gravel and we have good power on the fast straights.

"We also have Ott as one of our drivers so I was thinking we had a good combination to fight for the win, but obviously we are far from that and you only have to look at the results.

"I have to agree there are some basic elements of the car that we have to review, some can be addressed without jokers, but the big ones need more than one joker I guess.

"We will need some time to make it happen and we have to understand which direction we need to go. "That is maybe the first thing we need to ask ourselves.

"The drivers were complaining about the stability of the car and there were some other complaints, but they are not easy things to change.

"We have a lot of work and development to do and hopefully we can do it as soon as possible. 

"We will have to check what we can do within the homologation regulations.

"We have always be running behind time and we have had a lot of reliability issues, and now we can see we need to push more on development.

"We will go to our base in the next days to work on our development and set up for Finland.

"I know some of the competitors will not do a test before Finland, we will. 

"It will be to again prepare the set up for the next race and we will try to understand which direction we have to go to rework the fundamentals of the car."


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