Hyundai Motorsport preview WRC round 1: Rallye Monte-Carlo.
- Hyundai Motorsport will be aiming to start the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season with victory in the first round, Rallye Monte-Carlo
- Taking place between January 21-24, the event features a new-look itinerary with three days of action in France, before crews move towards Monaco for the final four stages
- Hyundai Motorsport will field Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja, Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe and Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio in three Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars
Gap will play host to the first three days of the event. There is no Shakedown this year; instead, after the opening ceremony, crews will head straight into action with two stages in the late afternoon on Thursday. Three new stages in the west of Gap make up Friday’s schedule, the longest day of the rally with nearly 127km of competitive running. Saturday will feature three stages split by the final service in Gap, before teams head south to Monaco for the final day. Four stages complete the Rallye Monte-Carlo itinerary on Sunday.
Hyundai Motorsport will field three crews: Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (#8), Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (#11), and Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (#6). Neuville famously claimed the team’s debut Monte-Carlo victory in 2020, in which Sordo played a key role, having joined the Belgian’s gravel crew for the event. Tänak enjoyed three consecutive finishes on the podium in 2017-2019.
All three drivers have tested ahead of Rallye Monte-Carlo in order to acclimatise to the conditions and gain experience of the new tyre choices for the event.
Team Principal Andrea Adamo said: “It is the eve of our eighth season at the pinnacle of rallying and we are ready to do battle once more. Our goal for 2021 is clear: we are here to win our third consecutive manufacturers’ title and to support our crews to achieve their own ambitions. We have all worked hard to ensure the momentum we gathered in the second half of 2020 extends into a new season. Continuing to improve the reliability and performance of the car will be the key to fighting at the front event after event. It will be another intense competition, so we have to be on top form from the start.”