It's only been just over a year since the Hyundai Motorsport team was set up, but despite having only six months of testing under their belts the team is nonetheless cautiously confident that it is ready for the rigours of Rallye Monte Carlo next week.

"This rally has been the first major target in our development schedule and finally we're there; it's a hugely significant and special moment for us all," said team principal Michel Nandan. "Of course, the 'Monte' is a complicated and unpredictable event to start with but it's great to d?but on such an iconic rally.

"We have established a young team of highly talented professionals at our factory for this moment," he continued. "We have two very good drivers who have given the whole team a big boost."

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Thierry Neuville will take the wheel of the #7 Hyundai i20 WRC cars alongside co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, while the #8 will be helmed by Dani Sordo and his co-driver Marc Marti.

"Nicolas and I are really looking forward to embark on this new adventure with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and to tackle this first event with the team and the Hyundai i20 WRC," said Neuville. "Our aim is to finish the event and get some good experience and mileage to further develop the Hyundai i20 WRC."

"Marc and I are delighted to be starting this season with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team on the team's d?but at Rallye Monte-Carlo," echoed Sordo. "Even though we joined the team officially only one month ago, we already have a good feeling about the team: everyone is motivated, working hard and willing to do the best job possible."

"We all know that Thierry can achieve outstanding performance levels despite his young age, while Dani has a lot of experience in WRC and at Rallye Monte-Carlo," added Michel Nandan. "I can definitely say that we have a very good mix!

"We have not set any results targets because our first priority is to finish the rally with both cars, to learn as much as possible and to use that as a base to improve for the following events," said the team boss.

The new Alzenau-based based team will be facing off against some formidable experienced opposition in one of the most gruelling events of the year, which means the new car will certainly get a comprehensive shakedown.

Rallye Monte-Carlo gets underway on Monday, January 13 with the traditional Ceremonial Start in the Principality's glamorous Place du Casino with the real action getting underway on Wednesday with the Shakedown followed by the first proper day of competition on Thursday.

A classic in the WRC calendar, Rallye Monte-Carlo celebrates its 82nd edition this year with the first being held back in 1911. This year sees a return to the Haute-Alpes region with an itinerary that includes 15 stages, totalling 383.88 kilometres of competitive tarmac stages run over three days.

The changeable weather means the stages are incredibly treacherous making tyre choice a fundamental key to success on this event.