Thursday | 28 Jan 2021

Angry Adamo plans rethink after troubled Monte

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo has promised changes after the team’s disappointing start to its defence of the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers’ title.

The Korean squad is already 22 points adrift of early pacesetters Toyota Gazoo Racing after last weekend’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, in which third place for Thierry Neuville and new co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe was the only ray of sunshine.

Ott Tänak led initially but was forced out after two punctures and only one spare wheel aboard his i20. Driving back to the Gap service park in a bid to stay in the event earned the Estonian a one-rally suspended ban.

Dani Sordo finished fifth in his final outing with co-driver Carlos del Barrio after struggling for confidence throughout and Adamo promised improvements for next month’s second round at Arctic Rally Finland (26 - 28 February).

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“I personally have to have a deep rethink on many things because what I have seen this weekend is far from something to make me proud and happy. Something in the approach has to be changed,” he admitted.

“This rally has finished in the same way it has gone all weekend. Clearly, it has been totally wrong. I don’t know if it is the approach of the people, or whatever, but today [Sunday] we have again shown our limits.

“For sure, it was not the case to push because we were just licking our wounds and trying to get ahead,” he said at the finish.

Craig Breen, who will share Hyundai’s third car with Sordo during the season, is expected to get the nod alongside Neuville and Tänak for the Rovaniemi-based Arctic Circle fixture, the season’s only pure winter rally.

Thierry Neuville was the top Hyundai driver in third
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