Neuville delivered arguably one of the best drive of his WRC profession to defeat nine-time Monte Carlo winner Sebastien Ogier by 16.1 seconds after emerging victorious from an intense head-to-head battle.
To underline Neuville’s efficiency, the Hyundai driver claimed an ideal victory, scoring the utmost 30 factors underneath the new-for-2024 scoring system.
The Belgian topped the standings on the finish of Saturday to scoop 18 factors, earlier than successful all three of Sunday’s levels to bag a most 12 factors (seven for topping the Sunday standings and 5 for the Energy Stage win).
Reflecting on the efficiency of his driver, Abiteboul believes Neuville despatched out a warning to his rivals and has reached a brand new degree as a competitor.
“Yeah I feel so,” Abiteboul instructed Autosport when requested if Neuville’s triumph was a press release win.
“He has had wins earlier than and superb outcomes and he has been near successful championships earlier than.
“I used to be not there [in the past] so it’s tough for me to remark however, talking about final 12 months, there have been two wins and extra alternatives for wins. It’s true that when he was getting near these alternatives for wins one thing occurred.
“We mentioned this and we talked it by and it was an fascinating debrief of final 12 months.
“I need to consider that these moments are vital within the lifetime of a driver. It isn’t simple to speak these items by, however we did.
“I hope that possibly what occurred this weekend can also be as a result of he’s a stronger individual, stronger driver and stronger competitor than he has ever been. For certain, to me it’s actually the case since I’ve joined the group.”
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Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai World Rally Workforce Hyundai i20 N Rally1
When requested for his ideas on what adjustments he has witnessed in his driver since final season, Abiteboul added: “I don’t know. It’s a confidence in his capability to correctly succeed and make no mistake.
“I feel it’s a mixture and there’s no silver bullet. He has been speaking about how good he has been with the automotive, and I feel that could be very true.
“When you find yourself at one with the automotive, he has been able to pushing with out having any huge explicit second, then you possibly can see the restrict.
“I feel at each level of the rally he stayed throughout the restrict and that’s credit score to how we construct the automotive with him and round him.”