Abiteboul identifies his first tasks as Hyundai boss

The new team principal of Hyundai Motorsport, Cyril Abiteboul, has detected some structural areas which can be improved saying that his goal is to create a stronger team spirit and organization.

The Alzenau-based team announced that Cyril Abiteboul will be the new team principal for 2023 season as Julien Moncet had temporary duties in this role last year. Andrea Adamo's absence from Hyundai was obvious as Moncet could not cope his duties as the person in charge. For instance, the things did not go well when the team decided that Ott Tanak should back off at Acropolis Rally and let Thierry Neuville win this event despite the fact that the last one had tiny chances to fight for the drivers' title in 2022. The inside situation was unpleasant as Tanak did not hesitate to tell publicly that Moncet should not have be at the team principal role while it was hinted that Neuville was the one who was making decisions for Hyundai after the confirmation that Oliver Solberg will not continue with them in 2023.

"It is a bit early to say", Abiteboul said when asked what areas he would like to improve. 

"I have only had a couple of days into the job so I think it would be a bit arrogant to know as people have been here for years.

"For the time being I want to create a stronger team spirit and team organisation which is exactly what Hyundai president Sean Kim is expecting from me.

"I think maybe a bit of clarity on the role responsibilities and structure. 

"I don't think it is particularly difficult in this organisation. 

"In any organisation where there has been a lack of very clear leadership everyone has sort of taken their own habits as that is a human style.

"I think we need to have structure with clear roles and responsibility and accountability so that will be my main focus.

"In the short term we need a bit of clarification and I would say that will take weeks and maybe some improvement to the structure in a few months".

Source: Motorsport.com

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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