despite designate Dani Sordo as the lead pilot in the list of constructors in the WRC, Hyundai Motorsport has not been slow in implementing its policy changes. In this way, while Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will contest the Monte carlo Rally, in the factory team, in the face of the second appointment of the season the team in the main team of the Korean company will change. Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon will be a partner in this training, while Dani Sordo and was relegated to the team Hyundai Motorsport N, second-team structure.
During the presentation of the new i20 WRC 2016, Michel Nandan announced that Hyundai was going to follow a policy of exchange between its pilots, doing to compete in the main team of the two strongest rider. To do this the staff of the brand was to take into account the surface on which you dispute each rally, the results in the previous appointments and the background experienced in each scenario. Therefore, it is not surprising the decision if we take into account that Dani Sordo missed the Rally of Sweden in 2015 due to injury. The spaniard fractured two ribs while training on a bicycle.
In fact, Dani Sordo did not compete in the sections scandinavians since 2013, since it was Juho Hänninen who got in the Hyundai i20 WRC for two seasons, when the team alternated their pilots in a program part. On the contrary, Thierry Neuville had a notable performance in 2015 and finished second in the race, fighting up to the last stretch for the victory, while Hayden Paddon was fifth. The pilot new zealand occupied the gap produced by the lesion of Dani Sordo and he was a remarkable test in what was his first participation in a World Rally Car in snow.