Autosport sources perceive Abiteboul has emerged because the profitable candidate after the model’s prolonged seek for a brand new chief.
Hyundai has been trying to find a brand new chief since long-time boss Andrea Adamo left the South Korean marque in December final yr.
The Frenchman will successfully take over from countryman Julien Moncet, the crew’s former powertrain boss, who was promoted as defacto chief below the deputy crew director title. Moncet indicated at Rally Japan final month that his future within the function was unlikely to proceed.
Abiteboul joins the crew with a wealth of motorsport expertise having led the Caterham F1 crew from 2012-2014 earlier than rejoining Renault the place he started his profession. On the French model, Abiteboul labored his manner as much as lead its F1 crew from 2017 earlier than parting methods forward of the squad’s rebrand to Alpine in 2021.
Since leaving the F1 crew, Abiteboul has been working in a motorsport advisor function for engine builder Mecachrome, which provides energy models to System 2 and System 3.
Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, Hyundai World Rally Crew Hyundai i20 N Rally1
Picture by: Tomasz Kaliński
This new place at Hyundai will see Abiteboul work in rallying and touring automobiles for the primary time in his profession.
Abiteboul joins Hyundai after a bittersweet 2022 WRC season which resulted within the crew lacking out on each the drivers’ and producers’ titles after the troublesome start of its new i20 N Rally1 hybrid.
Regardless of being as much as six months behind its opposition in the beginning of the yr, Hyundai scored 5 rally wins, essentially the most it has ever scored in a single WRC season.
Hyundai completed second within the ETCR all electrical touring automotive sequence, whereas its BRC crew run Elantra N TCR guided Mikel Azcona to the ultimate WTCR crown.
Abiteboul’s first aggressive outing in cost will arrive subsequent month when the 2023 WRC season begins on Monte Carlo, with Hyundai deploying a brand new driver line-up together with Thierry Neuville, Esapekka Lappi, Craig Breen and Dani Sordo.