- Thierry Neuville, Ott Tanak [Copyright: Hyundai Motorsport]

Hyundai keeps Neuville and Tanak in new multi-year WRC deal

The two will remain with Hyundai in the new era of WRC too.

Hyundai Motorsport has announced a new multi-year deal with Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak to remain with the team in WRC.

As WRC switches to hybrid era, Hyundai will retain the services of Neuville and Tanak, after signing a new multi-year deal, starting from 2022 season. The duo will get to drive the brand new rally car, which is based on the i20 N road car.

It is an extension of a long-standing relation between Neuville and Hyundai, who has been part of the Korean manufacturer's stable since the start of its WRC operation. "I’m happy to sign a multi-year contract with the team which became my second family,” he said.

"Their determination and target for victory convinced me to pursue the fantastic journey we started together more than seven years ago. Their approach and ambitions on the new challenges coming next year, with the new WRC hybrid regulation, is also very promising."

Tanak, meanwhile, extends his newly-started WRC partnership with Hyundai. "I am really happy to sign a new contract with Hyundai Motorsport from 2022," he said. "Over the past two years I have seen the team’s commitment and their determination to succeed.

"I am looking forward to the new era of the WRC, but we have still a job to do this year – making sure we send off the current generation of WRC cars in the best possible way." At the same time, Team Principal Andrea Adamo added:

"Working with these two talented drivers in the future demonstrates once again our continuous determination and ambition to succeed in the World Rally Championship. Both have demonstrated to be exceptional ambassadors for the brand and the team. We are beginning the crucial phase of testing of our new 2022 Rally1 challenger in the near future so together with Thierry and Ott, we can execute a smooth testing plan."

[Image courtesy: Hyundai Motorsport] [Note: This story was written on FormulaRapida.net]

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