Friday | 18 Jun 2021

Sordo eyes 2022 WRC return

Driving as well as at any point in his career, it’s little surprise Dani Sordo wants more of the same next season.

The Spaniard is keen to remain in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2022, which would mark his 17th year as a professional driver in the sport’s top flight.

With Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville already signed to Hyundai Motorsport, Sordo knows he would likely have to remain on a part-programme aboard a third i20. His last full campaign came in 2017, so the three-time world rally winner is happy with that.

“I don’t know nothing yet about next year,” said the 38-year-old Spaniard, who has three WRC wins to his name.

“If I can stay a little bit [and do] some rallies [for] one year more, it’s fine. If not, I go with Kris [Meeke, his Andorran neighbour and mate] to do other things.”

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Andrea Adamo has been a fan of splitting his team’s third seat since he took over as team principal in 2019. Sordo currently shares an i20 World Rally Car with Craig Breen in a policy which has helped underpin back-to-back manufacturers’ titles for the Korean team.

But the Italian team principal said nothing should be taken for granted in his 2022 line-up. “You don’t have to stick with your decision all of the time,” said Adamo. “Just because a decision works in 2019, it doesn’t mean it’s definitely the right decision for 2022.”

Sordo finished second at last month’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal and sits seventh in the 2021 standings. His next outing is next week’s Safari Rally Kenya (23 - 27 June).