• FIA World Rally Championship drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak, will remain with the team beyond 2021.
• Hyundai's aim is to stay at the forefront of the WRC in the near future.
• The team is busy developing the brand-new challenger for WRC's hybrid era.
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Hyundai Motorsport has signed new multi-year contracts with its FIA World Rally Championship drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak. Hyundai's aim is to stay at the forefront of the WRC in the near future.
From the first victory in Rallye Deutschland in 2014 right up to the two consecutive manufacturers' titles in 2019 and 2020, the Belgian Neuville has claimed 13 rally wins since his debut with Hyundai.
Estonia's Tanak scored a memorable win on home soil and three more podium positions as part of the team's success in claiming its second manufacturers' title in 2020. He also scored his first win of 2021 at the Arctic Rally Finland in February.
Neuville says: "It was my intention to continue the adventure in the World Rally Championship with Hyundai Motorsport, and I'm happy to sign a multi-year contract with the team, which became my second family. Besides the fact that I feel really at home with them, their determination and target for victory convinced me to pursue the fantastic journey we started together more than seven years ago."
"I am really happy to sign a new contract with Hyundai Motorsport from 2022. We have shared many special moments since 2020 and worked through some more difficult times. Over the past two years, I have seen the team's commitment and their determination to succeed, and I am sure everyone will continue to push the limits," says Tänak.
???? I am really happy to announce that we have signed a new contract with @HMSGOfficial from 2022.— Ott Tänak (@OttTanak) May 6, 2021
???? Mul on hea meel teatada, et oleme pikendanud lepingut Hyundai Motorspordiga.#WRC2022 #HMSGofficial #goOtt #TanakFanArmy #WRC #rallying pic.twitter.com/SD7roTJRla
Team principal Andrea Adamo said: "We are delighted to extend our relationship with Thierry and Ott beyond 2021. Working with these two talented drivers in the future demonstrates our continuous determination and ambition again to succeed in the World Rally Championship. It reaffirms Hyundai's strong commitment to the series as it enters its new hybrid era in 2022.
"Both have proven to be exceptional ambassadors for the brand and the team, and I would like to thank Thierry for his loyalty to Hyundai Motorsport since 2014 and Ott for trusting us and our work – we are very pleased to collaborate with them now and in the years to come. We will soon begin the crucial test phase of our new 2022 Rally1 challenger, so together with Thierry and Ott, and we can execute a smooth testing plan. We should also not forget that we still have a job to do this year – focussing on our goals for 2021 as well as thinking ahead to 2022 and beyond."
#WRC ?? We are delighted to announce that we have signed new multi-year deals with @thierryneuville & @OttTanak starting from 2?0?2?2? ! ??— hmsgofficial (@HMSGOfficial) May 6, 2021
Confirming these contracts now gives a further boost to our preparations for the new 2022 @OfficialWRC hybrid era! #HMSGOfficial pic.twitter.com/Brnkz6DAka