Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo will run a trio of manufacturing unit i20 Coupe WRCs at spherical one in Monte Carlo, whereas Hayden Paddon is more likely to change Sordo for Rally Sweden.

Hyundai workforce supervisor Alain Penasse stated the workforce had talked to Loeb, however nothing had moved ahead.

“We talked to him like we talked to everyone,” he advised “That’s logical in our place.

“However I don’t perceive the place all of the fuss got here from. There was a narrative within the media about Loeb not being picked up by Citroen – I don’t know why that is – and everyone picked up on it.

“I don’t know what he’s doing. Is he doing rallycross? I don’t know. We all know what shall be our workforce in Monte, there gained’t be a shock right here.”

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Requested about Paddon’s future, Penasse was stuffed with reward for the Kiwi, including: “After Rally Australia he’s in pole place for the seat. There was speak about us speaking to [Elfyn] Evans and [Craig] Breen, however this has probably not gone any additional.

“Hayden did all the things we requested of him this season, he had a extremely good 12 months. It’s troublesome for Hayden to remain concentrated due to all these items within the media about him shedding his seat and blah, blah, blah.

“I perceive the media has a job to do, however, truthfully, some individuals are making some issues up they usually even start to consider their very own tales!

“An instance of that is our journey to Korea. We had this journey deliberate for months, to go and take 151 workers from Hyundai Motorsport out to see our colleagues in Korea. Then abruptly this has change into some kind of debrief in regards to the season.

“It’s the identical subsequent week, we’ve got some folks coming from Korea, which has all the time been deliberate  to look ahead for the following season. That is the conventional life, however some individuals are eager to make extra of it.”

Hyundai workforce principal Michel Nandan has constantly talked of repeating this 12 months’s cut up programme between Sordo and Paddon.

Whereas Paddon desires to return to a full season as quickly as attainable, the New Zealander advised his precedence was to stay with Hyundai.

Paddon stated: “I really feel we did a very good job this 12 months and tried our greatest to work with the workforce and ensure we introduced house strong outcomes on every rally.

“The 2 rallies the place there was rather less strain to only end, the place we may give attention to efficiency [in Portugal and Australia], we had been mixing it on the entrance. That’s one thing I do know we will do extra recurrently.

“Naturally, I want to be doing a full season once more and I nonetheless again myself to realize rather more within the WRC, however I’m additionally real looking in what choices we presently have.

“We’ve got labored onerous with Hyundai Motorsport and the Hyundai model globally and that’s a partnership which means loads for me shifting ahead.”

Hayden Paddon, Sebastian Marshall, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

Hayden Paddon, Sebastian Marshall, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

Picture by: Fabien Dufour / Hyundai Motorsport

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