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

Hyundai staff supervisor Alain Penasse mentioned the staff had talked to Loeb, however nothing had moved ahead.

“We talked to him like we talked to everyone,” he informed Motorsport.com. “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 can be our staff 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 not likely gone any additional.

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

“I perceive the media has a job to do, however, truthfully, some persons are making some issues up and so they even start to imagine 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 all of a sudden this has develop into some type of debrief concerning the season.

“It’s the identical subsequent week, now we have some folks coming from Korea, which has at all times been deliberate  to look ahead for the subsequent season. That is the conventional life, however some persons are desirous to make extra of it.”

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

Whereas Paddon needs to return to a full season as quickly as attainable, the New Zealander informed Motorsport.com his precedence was to stay with Hyundai.

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

“The 2 rallies the place there was rather less stress to simply end, the place we might 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 frequently.

“Naturally, I wish to be doing a full season once more and I nonetheless again myself to attain rather more within the WRC, however I’m additionally life like in what choices we presently have.

“We’ve labored arduous with Hyundai Motorsport and the Hyundai model globally and that’s a partnership meaning rather a lot 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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