Wed 04 Oct 2023

Hyundai confirms Tänak return

Hyundai Motorsport has today (Wednesday) provided official confirmation that Ott Tänak will re-join the team for the 2024 FIA World Rally Championship season.

Tänak, 35, achieved nine victories whilst employed by the Korean marque between 2020 and 2022 but jumped ship to join M-Sport Ford, the team where he had started his WRC career, for the 2023 season.

 

The Estonian, alongside co-driver Martin Järveoja, scored his second Puma Rally1 at Rally Chile Bio Bío last week. However, once he has completed this year’s remaining two rallies, Tänak is on the move again.

 

He will return to Alzenau-based Hyundai Motorsport to drive an i20 N Rally1 in 2024, with Belgian star Thierry Neuville - currently second in the points - also confirmed in the team’s line-up.

 

Further driver announcements are not yet forthcoming with Hyundai saying it will “take its time to explore various options for the rest of its 2024 WRC line-up.”

Of the move, 2019 WRC champion Tänak said: “Hyundai Motorsport has a clear vision and target for the near future, and it is something that convinced me to join our forces again. I am also looking forward to work with Cyril Abiteboul (team principal) and François-Xavier Demaison (technical director), as their experience and knowledge in motorsport is definitely a big advantage for the whole team.

 

“Our goal in this new chapter will be nothing less than to win all the three titles, and with the new structure of the team, we have all the tools needed to achieve it.”

 

Abiteboul, who joined Hyundai at the beginning of the 2023 season having spent previous years working in Formula 1, added: “I opened a discussion with Ott, who was excited by the renewed ambitions and structure that we are putting in place. We are pleased that he is ready to resume the unfinished business that he has with our team.

 

“I am confident that, in the right environment, Thierry and Ott can bring out the best in each other. With this pair of winning crews secured, we can take some time to strategically consider our full line-up for next season.”

 

Tänak will remain behind the wheel of an M-Sport Ford Puma for this year’s final two rounds, Central European Rally (26 - 29 October) and FORUM8 Rally Japan (16 - 19 November).


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