Hyundai Evaluates Its Drivers For 2023

Hyundai Drivers

Hyundai has already started thinking about the 2023 season, with deputy team principal Julien Moncet confirming that the team is already evaluating its options for next year.

This year, the South Korean brand has had two full-time cars for Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak, adding a third i20 N shared by Oliver Solberg and Dani Sordo.

Although Tänak has a contract with Hyundai for next year, rumors about his future have gathered strength in recent months despite his victories in Sardinia, Finland and Belgium. The Estonian driver has shown on occasion his frustration with the team, as they have not been reliable in some events, as well as with the internal organization of Hyundai. In Belgium, he stated that he did not think Moncet was the right person to be the director.

In Greece he too was angry after Hyundai Motorsport president Sean Kim told his drivers to hold onto positions to secure the triple podium. With this Tänak, the team's best placed driver to hunt down Kalle Rovanperä in the drivers' standings, finished second, behind Neuville. In response to a question about whether he would continue at Hyundai next year following team orders, Tanak left a "we'll see" response.

When Moncet was asked about Tänak's future during the Belgium event last month, he stated that he was confident the driver would stay with the team, before saying: "I don't do contracts. But you know, even though a driver has a valid contract, he can leave, like in football".

In Greece, after the team's orders, his speech changed minimally: "We are in contact with him and we will discuss the future as we do with the rest of the drivers. That is normal." "Obviously when our driver line-up for 2023 is official we will announce it."