Hyundai already focuses on 2023

The deputy team principal of Hyundai Motorsport, Julien Moncet, admits that the team is already focusing on next year's World Rally Championship, but he reveals that their car development will not stop this year.

The Korean team had a difficult start in hybrid era as the new i20N Rally1 faced many reliability and performance issues while its drivers have complained many times for the behavior of their car.

Last but not least, it must be mentioned that Hyundai has won only two events so far this year and is 88 points behind Toyota on the manufacturers' championship.

"I think for the championship and so on, I discuss again with the top management during the weekend, the target is really to prepare for 2023", Moncet said.

"I explained many times, the car this year and the car next year will be basically the same. 

"It’s just an evolution because the car is homologated for three years.

"So we can do upgrades, updates, but step by step.

"So all that we do now will have an effect in one month, in one year and so on. 

"So we cannot stop the development.

"It’s not like last year where we had a completely new regulations and we could say we stop the current car and go from there. 

"No, now it’s an ongoing process. 

"So we cannot stop.

"But we focus for sure more on performance and development even more now that we have hopefully sorted out all our reliability issues and target is to come back stronger and win next year".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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