Maximum commitment for the 2021 season, but the future of Hyundai in World Rally it is still all to be defined. In fact, the leaders of the Korean House have not yet given the green light to the project for the 2022.
In the next season the WRC will introduce thehybrid on cars of the highest category. At best, Alzenau therefore risks paying a heavy price in terms of development. While waiting in Alzenau, both Ford and Toyota are now ready to put their Rally 1s on the road.
The indecision of Seoul however, it could also lead to a retirement from the world championship scene, should the technological development envisaged by the FIA fail to align with the mobility programs of the board.
“We have no agreement or confirmation that we will participate in the new era of the WRC starting in 2022“, Declared last week Andrea Adamo ad Autosport. “To do that we need to have a green light from the Hyundai board in Korea, and it hasn’t arrived yet. We have provided all the information requested and now we have to wait for an answer, which we don’t know when we will receive. At the moment the development of the car has not yet started. It will only be so when and if we get a positive response from our headquarters in Korea”.
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According to team principal Hyundai, in any case, the results of this 2021 will not tip the scales towards a renewed commitment to the WRC or a retirement from the top category (the development of the i20 Rally 2, on the other hand, continues regularly). On the matter, Adam was very clear during the Sunday press conference at the Arctic Rally.
“This type of question makes me laugh, with all due respect to the question”, He replied to colleagues in the Belgian press who asked him how important Tanak’s victory was in trying to convince Seoul to continue in the WRC. “I was with Lancia when Lancia won everything, but he closed the program. And I was in Alfa Romeo when we lost, but the program was not closed. The decision to stay in the league depends on factors much larger than a win or a defeat”.
“I am not at all worried about Hyundai’s future stay in the World Championship”, However, continued Adam. “In any case, it’s not like the president calls me on Thursdays while I’m getting on the plane and says ‘hey, if you don’t win this rally we’ll close everything’. The strategy of a board to spend millions and millions of euros is not exactly this. There are far better people than myself to run a company like Hyundai”.