Neuville would have no choice rather than retiring if Hyundai leaves WRC

Thierry Neuville clarifies his comments onhis potential retirement from World Rally Championship at the end of 2024 admitting that he may retire if Hyundai is not still interested on continuing in WRC after the recent changes in the sport.

FIA announced many changes ahead of the 2025 season which are related to the removal of the hybrid units on Rally1 cars as well as a decrease of the horsepower and a change on the aerodynamics. The Belgian driver stated earlier this week that 2024 season may be his last one in World Rally Championship considering how fast FIA makes decisions on the WRC future, but the most important thing is that the Federation has not clarified the new regulations for 2025 yet. In addition to that, Jari-Matti Latvala asked from FIA to make clear the new rules as Toyota wants to build a new kit for its car based on GR Yaris Rally2 and to start preparing for the new season. Finally, Cyril Abiteboul and Richard Millener were excited after FIA's decision to move forward to the Rally2 plus cars.

"I was surprised by the number of changes and how aggressive the changes were in such a short period", Neuville said.

"I think everybody was surprised.

"I just said that if manufacturers, in my case Hyundai, pulled out because the technology and the interest for the brand is not there anymore in this championship, I would probably retire next year. 

"But I would not have any choice".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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