By surprise and against all odds, Andreas Mikkelsen is
will be at the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe
in which appears to be the first step
towards a future with the team Korean. For the moment, the collaboration between
both parties are limited to one day of testing at the wheel of the World Rally
Car of new generation of Hyundai within the test of several days that the firm
have scheduled in Portugal in order to prepare the Rally of Argentina. All in all, it is speculated that this test
would be the step prior to a first entry with the i20 WRC Coupe in the Rally of Portugal.
The efforts of Even Management to position Andreas Mikkelsen at the wheel of a World Rally Car of new generation are closer to being a success that never, but by the time all the parts move with great caution. In fact, the official version is that Andreas Mikkelsen will perform this test with the Hyundai i20 WRC with the sole objective of giving more information to the team about the performance of the car in 2017. In this aspect, the third place in the WRC in 2016 will be able to take advantage of all the previous experience accumulated in the development of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC, car which failed to be approved.
During the last few weeks, Mikkelsen and their environment
in discussions with Citroën Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing. All
he did indicate that the pilot Norwegian was closer to the training directed
by Tommi Mäkinen, to such an extent that from Finland shot up the rumor that
fill the gap of Juho Hänninen or Esapekka Lappi, who however
it has been ratified as the third pilot of the team. In this aspect, the option
Hyundai seemed to be the more remote, because
Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hayden
Paddon have contracts that, in theory, extend to 2018.
In this aspect, the possible participation of Mikkelsen at the Rally of Portugal with a fourth Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe is almost a test of logistics for Hyundai at the time of check what would be the integration of a quarter car and a pilot of a first level in the team, either face to this season, or 2018. It will be very interesting in any case to see as manages Hyundai Motorsport, a team of four pilots on the first level. However, the regulation of the WRC indicates that there shall be appointed three drivers by manufacturer, of which only the top two will score points in each rally.