Friday | 19 Feb 2021

Adamo demands Arctic turnaround after Monte frustrations

Hyundai Motorsport team principal Andrea Adamo believes only victory at next week’s Arctic Rally Finland (26 - 28 February) will offset a disappointing opening to the WRC season at Rallye Monte-Carlo.

The Alzenau-based outfit was soundly beaten in the French Alps. Toyota Gazoo Racing packed four cars into the top six to race away into a 22-point lead in the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers’ standings.

Thierry Neuville fought single-handedly against the Japanese manufacturer at the top end of the leaderboard, finishing third in an i20 World Rally Car. Ott Tänak retired following two punctures and Dani Sordo was fifth after struggling for confidence throughout.

“We will have to be at the top of our game on all three days – nothing less than victory will be a good result,” said Adamo.

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“There’s no alternative, we have to be ready. We are in this championship to win, so we have to be ready at every level.”

Adamo will look for a big performance from Tänak, Neuville and Craig Breen. The last time that line-up started a WRC round, Hyundai celebrated a Rally Estonia one-two for Tänak and Breen last September.

The trio have strong form in winter conditions that will characterise the Rovaniemi-based event’s championship bow, and Tänak and Neuville prepared for the Lapland fixture with a 1-2 at last weekend’s Otepää Talveralli in Estonia.

“All three drivers have finished on the podium in previous full-snow events, so we know they are capable of great speed in tricky conditions,” Adamo added.

Ott Tänak won on home ground in Estonia last weekend

“It’s no secret our season didn’t begin in the way we planned in Monte-Carlo. Arctic Rally Finland gives us the opportunity to rectify this.

• Full coverage from Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.

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