Fri 02 Feb 2024

Monte demonstrated our potential, says Hyundai boss Abiteboul

Hyundai team principal Cyril Abiteboul says last week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo victory unleashed the true potential of the team’s heavily revised i20 N Rally1 Hybrid.

The Alzenau-built car dominated the season-opener in the French Alps, with Thierry Neuville bringing his car home with a perfect score of 30 points after leading the field at the end of Saturday and then winning all three stages across Super Sunday to bag bonus and Wolf Power Stage points.

The team’s returning star Ott Tänak made it two Hyundais in the top four, with Andreas Mikkelsen also scoring well on his first time back in an i20 in sixth.

Abiteboul said: “We haven’t spoken about it too much, but the car has changed a lot since last year as we understood how to set it up and how to release its full potential across a weekend.

“Winning in Monte-Carlo is on everyone’s bucket list when you work in motorsport. As a team, we are relieved – not only because we have won an iconic event, but also that this has been a remarkable and collected demonstration.

“This win is highly deserved, as is always the case, but when it happens like this it is really a great feeling.”

One round in, Neuville heads the drivers’ title race, but Hyundai sits one point behind defending world champion team Toyota after GR Yaris Rally1 drivers Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans joined the Belgian on the Monte-Carlo podium in second and third place respectively.

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