The relationship between Thierry Neuville and Hyundai Motorsport is tense. It is no secret, and it seems clear that the decision of the Korean company of not having a ‘pilot # 1’ in competitive terms did not sit too well with the belgian. While Hyundai wants to switch their drivers in the first two Hyundai i20 WRC -totaling points for the brand – under the surface of the test and the results obtained, Thierry Neuville claimed a position of supremacy in the team. Your pilgrim argument doesn’t work and you must earn this role on the Hyundai i20 WRC.
“We are moving forward. The problem is that it does not analyze the situation in depth. Ogier opens track and will normally follow Latvala, Mikkelsen and myself. It is much easier for Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon, departing from a position as the tenth or eleventh” explains Thierry Neuville. An argument that doesn’t lack reason, but that can not overshadow in no time throughout the season 2015 Thierry Neuville scored 90 points, one more than Dani Sordo and six more that Hayden Paddon. Both the Spanish and new zealand played a test less than Neuville.
to Get ahead of their peers as the best driver Hyundai is the main reason that Thierry Neuville has to ‘maintain’ your role as a leader. A peculiar struggle of egos that doesn’t clarify anything, because the only sure thing is that Neuville, Sordo and Paddon will contest the fourteen rallies in 2016. It will be precisely Paddon who has a small disadvantage because they will play the Monte carlo Rally with a drive of the i20 WRC for 2015. Yes, it is worth remembering that the ‘pilot 1’ of a brand must play at least 10 rallies with the factory team. Maybe Neuville point out there.