Cyril Abiteboul, the brand new head of the Hyundai rally crew, additionally commented on the opportunity of the Koreans coming into Formula 1 on the sidelines of the WRC event in Monte Carlo. So firstclass will not be an issue for the group. But that would change.
The story turned out to be logical. When Hyundai signed former Renault F1 crew boss Kirill Abiteboul earlier this 12 months, the Koreans appeared to be taking their first step into the primary class. The Seoul-based automaker was not too long ago rumored to be flirting with an F1 entry.
These rumors are most likely not utterly unfounded. After all, F1 boss Stefano Domenicali traveled to South Korea within the fall to discuss to crew leaders. Even then, it turned clear that it could be too early to begin introducing new engine rules in 2026. Hyundai first had to arrange the required infrastructure.
Rally to enhance enterprise
So it is no shock that Abiteboul made his first public look in his new position at the Monte-Carlo Rally, hinting at his employer’s plans for Formula 1. At the second, the rally program is at the forefront, which inserts higher with the automotive producer’s product vary, defined the Frenchman.
Currently, Hyundai’s portfolio consists primarily of cheap small vehicles, that are additionally bought as sporty variants. The World Rally Championship, the place the Koreans compete with the i20 N Rally1, is presently an amazing discipline. “There are not any different plans at the second,” the Frenchman stated, ruling out the opportunity of coming into different racing collection.
But that does not imply Formula 1 plans will keep within the drawer perpetually. “Hyundai has achieved nice improvement on a worldwide scale. And the motorsport program is designed to develop the enterprise. I, along with different members of the corporate, want to perceive what the enterprise wants and the way we are able to help it,” stated Abitebul.
F1 plans are nonetheless within the drawer
The 45-year-old specialist admitted that Formula-1 was additionally thought of behind the scenes. But there have been no severe discussions or launch plans. “At the second, rallying is the perfect platform to promote small vehicles. We now have to see how this section develops and the way related rallying stays. We are working with the FIA and the promoters on this.”
Hyundai’s dedication to the WRC is presently managed from its motorsport headquarters in Alzenau, Hesse. For a potential entry into Formula 1, the infrastructure there would have to be considerably expanded. Abiteboul doesn’t need to surrender on the primary class perpetually: “We have to see sooner or later if we wish to begin one other program or a further program. But it isn’t a precedence for us at the second. The solely precedence is to win the World Rally Championship.”