Hyundai may delay its 2024 plans for a fourth car

The team principal of Hyundai Motorsport, Cyril Abiteboul, says that his team may delay its plans for a fourth car in 2024 as the target is to ensure that its drivers will have a proper car ahead of next year.

Thierry Neuville's stay at the Alzenau-based team was secured as he had signed a multi-year contract with the Koreans. Ott Tanak became the second driver who was announced by Hyundai for 2024, but it is yet to be confirmed who will drive the third i20N or if there will be a fourth car for a youngster. It is noteworthy that Hyundai created a new programme for the young drivers, which is named "Hyundai Motorsport Driver development Programme", and the Finn duo (Teemu Suninen, Emil Lindholm) are part of it. Last but not least, Abiteboul had stated that Esapekka Lappi's future in the team will be decided in the next few days while Teemu Suninen is in the list for the next year's driver line-up.

"I like there to be a fourth car, but success happens with planning, with organization, but also with prioritization", Abiteboul said.

"And I think the first thing we need to do is make sure that all three crews next year will have the car that they need and that will be the focus of the whole team.

"So in that respect, in that perspective, we may delay the plans for a fourth car. 

"But clearly developing drivers, young drivers, with a fourth car is very much what we’d like to do. 

"It’s all about timing".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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