The Hyundai Motorsport driver has been amongst these to criticise the championship’s new rule set, constructed round automobiles fitted with a 100kW hybrid techniques and a stronger more durable chassis.
Whereas the 2022 automobiles are anticipated to obtain an influence enhance to 500 horsepower when electrical energy is engaged alongside the 1.6 litre inside combustion engine, the automobiles can have diminished aerodynamics, suspension journey and can be 100kg heavier than the present automobiles.
Neuville’s newest feedback arrive in the identical week the WRC and FIA outlined additional particulars relating to its hybrid future and its transfer to succeed in carbon internet zero standing by 2030.
The Belgian believes it’s the improper course for the sequence claiming the automobiles can have efficiency figures corresponding to the present R5 automobiles that compete in WRC2 and WRC3.
Thierry Neuville, Hyundai Motorsport
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“I undoubtedly don’t agree on all these modifications that are carried out and carried out by FIA and producers on a regular basis for transferring issues, simply to make the automotive much less thrilling, extra harmful to drive, and on the finish it may very well be costlier than anything now we have seen to date within the WRC,” stated Neuville in media briefing forward of this weekend’s Acropolis Rally.
“So it’s a pity. Plus now we have seen they’ve eliminated numerous the aerodynamics from the automobiles so that you hope to – no less than – have some comparable figures as earlier than which might have been already troublesome, however now in all probability going to have R5 [performance] figures from the automotive.
“Simply have extra energy, 500 and extra horsepower with the total electrical and eradicating the centre diff, eradicating contemporary air, so principally the response of the engine, eradicating the aerodynamics and eradicating damper journey. It’s most undoubtedly the improper method for me and I don’t agree.
“I’m not joyful in any respect to be trustworthy, and I stated it many occasions. However clearly no person has the balls to take totally different choices and go towards what the FIA is deciding,”
“That’s a pity however it have to be the time we live. The drivers will not be listened to anymore, and that’s one other factor which makes our lives extra irritating.”
In response to Neuville’s outburst, former rally winner and now boss of Toyota’s World Rally Championship programme Jari-Matti Latvala understands driver frustrations at shedding parts from the present automobiles subsequent yr.
Nonetheless, the Finn believes as soon as Rally1 is up and working subsequent yr the essential feedback will subside.
“There are so much new attention-grabbing issues however in fact there are additionally parts which might be being taken away from the drivers which might be used to within the present automobiles,” stated Latvala when requested by Autosport/motorsport.com for a response to Neuville’s feedback.
“Subsequent yr, no centre differential and fewer suspension journey however the hybrid will give a 100 horsepower in intervals of two to 5 seconds on acceleration which is a pleasant feeling to have extra energy.
“Alternatively it brings extra weight with the batteries, in all probability 100kg extra weight. The automotive goes to be slower and naturally it’s by no means a pleasant feeling if you end up used to one thing nice, that when it’s taken away from you and I can perceive then criticising these factors with the brand new automobiles.
“However, I believe we’re within the state of affairs that we don’t must make automobiles any quicker than they’re at this level.
“Really if they’re a bit slower within the corners it truly could be even higher. I believe the motive force security is at an ideal, nice stage but when the nook speeds are actually excessive it’s extra in regards to the spectators as a result of should you go off the street the automotive can find yourself so far-off from the street.
“The state of affairs why it’s feeling dangerous now’s you possibly can evaluate the present automotive and the brand new automotive, however when all people is within the new automobiles it’s the identical state of affairs.
“And once they begin to develop and get higher they get quicker once more so six months from now I don’t suppose drivers will criticise anymore.”