Hyundai Faces Anti-Lag System Issues in Monte Carlo and Looks Ahead to Rally Sweden

Hyundai experienced anti-lag system issues during the Monte Carlo rally, with Ott Tanak being particularly affected by the problem. Team principal Cyril Abiteboul acknowledged that Tanak’s driving style exacerbated the issue, but Hyundai has since identified the problem. It is likely that the problem will only be fully rectified through the homologation of new software, which Hyundai plans to have in place for the upcoming asphalt rally in Croatia in April. Despite the snow-covered roads in Sweden, Hyundai and Tanak are optimistic that the issue will not be a factor during the upcoming weekend. Tanak expressed confidence, stating that the colder conditions and faster pace of the rally should mitigate the problem. Abiteboul reassured that the issue was being addressed on their end and that the new software would need to be homologated before the next tarmac rally.

Looking ahead to Rally Sweden, Abiteboul has identified Kalle Rovanpera as the rally favorite, but remains confident in Hyundai’s drivers – Tanak, Thierry Neuville, and the returning Esapekka Lappi. Abiteboul emphasized the different challenges of Rally Sweden, noting that Hyundai’s setup has historically been strong on snow. He highlighted Tanak’s past successes at the rally and Lappi’s ability to show strong pace. The competition is fierce with Rovanpera being a formidable opponent that Hyundai needs to beat in order to make a mark in the championship race.

Meanwhile, Monte Carlo winner and current championship leader Thierry Neuville has set his sights on a podium finish at Rally Sweden, despite facing the disadvantage of starting first on the road. Neuville admitted that his pre-event test did not go entirely as planned due to software issues, which Abiteboul downplayed as “nothing too substantial.” The Belgian driver expressed his target of achieving a podium finish but acknowledged the uncertainty of the conditions they will face during the rally. He cited trouble with testing new software configurations, which delayed their preparation for the upcoming event.

Hyundai’s performance at the Monte Carlo rally was hampered by anti-lag system issues, particularly affecting Ott Tanak. However, the team is actively working on rectifying the problem through the homologation of new software. As they gear up for Rally Sweden, Hyundai remains confident in their drivers’ abilities to compete against strong opponents like Kalle Rovanpera. Thierry Neuville, despite facing challenges in his pre-event test, aims for a podium finish and looks to overcome the hurdles in his way. The upcoming rally promises to be a test of skill and strategy for Hyundai as they strive to make their mark in the championship race.


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