WRC » Hyundai confirms Neuville


Hyundai has underlined its intent for next year's WRC by confirming Thierry Neuville as its team leader for 2014 and beyond.

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DafyddLarcombe

November 05, 2013 2:04 PM

An extreemly bad blow for Malcolm, but at least we now know that Hy and dry will not be just making up the numbers as they did previously

If the car has any legs at all Neuville will make full use of them. Im am very keen to see how they perform now.

ryanl31

November 05, 2013 8:50 PM

Why Thierry, why??

I can appreciate he's looking for a long term commitment, something that neither M-Sport or Citroen could probably give him beyond next year, but this seems like a step backwards, not a step forwards to winning rallies in 2014...

DafyddLarcombe

November 06, 2013 4:06 PM

There is always a risk in signing for a new Team where the car is yet to be proven, but Ogier had the confidence in VW and ironically declined an offer from M-Sport and has been rewarded with a car that wins out of the box

However, Hi and dry is a very different animal to VW, I was a little surprised by the signing, if the car isnt competitive Thierry could soon come to regret his decision

The Fiesta is good enough to win and M-Sport will carry on with its development so he had no worries there,he had a reasonable chance to fight for the Title in 2014 if he stayed on, but now he could indeed risk going backwards like when Mcrae left Ford to join Citroen in 2003

ALangheck

November 12, 2013 6:09 PM

Don't confuse the previous MSD/ Hyundai WRC effort with the current programme. A proper Factory effort, fully financed, based in Germany, no expense spared. Thierry can't be blamed for making the move to a full Manufacturer team. He will be well paid, will be the team leader, etc he have been mad to turn it down.

The longer Ford stay away from the WRC, the harder it will be for M-Sport. Who now, have the Bentley GT3 programme to focus on.

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