The 2019 and 2020 WRC producers’ champions confronted a myriad of reliability points throughout a very difficult begin to the WRC’s new hybrid period, leaving the group firmly behind its rivals Toyota and M-Sport Ford.
This week the group will sit down to deal with its issues with deputy group director Julien Moncet confirming its workers will now must double its efforts to catch the opposition. Throughout the weekend the I20 N’s efficiency improved, however its reliability issues, starting from engine, hybrid and suspension, proved to be its downfall.
Solely one among its three I20 Ns reached the end with Thierry Neuville coming house sixth, albeit seven minutes and 42.6s behind the rally chief Sebastien Loeb after shedding time to a damaged entrance proper damper. The Belgian additionally described his automobile as “scary” to drive in Friday’s levels, however was in a position to win a check on Sunday.
Hyundai elected to withdraw its entry for Oliver Solberg on Sunday with the Swede and co-driver Elliott Edmondson feeling unwell after being subjected to exhaust fumes coming into their automobile for 2 days. The problem contributed to Solberg losing concentration and running off the road on stage 10, shedding 35 minutes within the course of.
Ott Tanak was forced to retire on Saturday night after he clouted a rock face operating on slick tyres throughout an icy part in stage 11. He had already picked up a puncture earlier than and was solely carrying one spare, so when a second puncture occurred after the crash, it ended his rally.
Moncet anticipated a tricky opener given the group has been enjoying catch as much as its rivals, who dedicated earlier to the brand new guidelines. Nevertheless, he declared the scenario his group faces as “unhealthy” however “beneath management” with a month till the following spherical in Sweden.
“It has been a really powerful rally,” Moncet informed Autosport.
“We knew coming right here it will be tough. We completed the automobiles simply in time. We had quite a lot of work to do during the last weeks, so we knew it will be difficult.
“Whenever you begin a race you at all times count on for extra and we’re simply not the place we want to be.
“We’re right here to win and it’s fairly disappointing. However we’ve discovered a number of issues, because it was the primary time we had been in a position to measure our automobile in opposition to our opponents.
“We’ve got seen that when the automobile is operating bother free the efficiency is there, so that is one thing Positive.
“One automobile completed, we received one stage, however we all know we’ve to work much more and push much more.
“We must ask all of the people who had been right here in Monte Carlo and again on the manufacturing unit to double their efforts.
“We’ve got a little bit of time till Sweden so we could have the chance to proceed testing with our automobile, and much more time till Croatia. The scenario is unhealthy however nonetheless beneath management.”
Julien Moncet, Workforce principal Hyundai World Rally Workforce
Picture by: Romain Thuillier / Hyundai Motorsport
Whereas reliability was the group’s greatest concern, Neuville believes the group has work to do on enhancing the automobile’s efficiency as effectively.
“On the finish of this rally, we’re left with emotions of disappointment and frustration,” stated Neuville.
“We had a tricky weekend. I drove for my life within the Energy Stage, I gave it completely every little thing, so I used to be disillusioned with the time.
“There was an enormous quantity of labor behind the scenes to arrange for this occasion, from me and [co-driver] Martijn [Wydaeghe], in addition to the group, so to return away with none reward is difficult to simply accept.
“We received’t hand over. We try to maintain everybody motivated and we’ll proceed pushing.
“The desire is certainly there and that’s necessary. There are totally different areas we’re going to work on however most necessary is the reliability. We must be a lot stronger for the upcoming occasions.”