Wed 06 Dec 2023

Refreshed Hyundai team gives Neuville confidence

Thierry Neuville has talked of his confidence in the team around him ahead of next year’s FIA World Rally Championship.

As well as an all-star list of drivers including Ott Tänak, Esapekka Lappi, Dani Sordo and Andreas Mikkelsen – all of whom are proven world rally winners – the Belgian said the team behind the scenes is stronger than ever at Hyundai Motorsport.

“We know how much Cyril [Abiteboul, team principal] wants to deliver next year,” said Neuville, who has just completed his 10th season with the Korean manufacturer.

“He has been learning the WRC this year, but I am really confident for this position with the team now – I don’t think I have ever been so confident like this.

“The way F-X [Demaison, technical director] and Christian [Loriaux, WRC Programme Manager] are working together is really good. It’s all working well.”

Neuville won two events this season, but feels he could have featured on the podium much more than he did through 2023.

“I think we were capable of fighting for more this year,” he said, “but the positive is that I felt comfortable with the car and we definitely made progress on the performance side.

“Next year is going to be interesting. We know Toyota is finding consistency and that’s something we have to work on too.”

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