Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo will drive a trio of i20 Coupe WRCs at spherical one in Monte Carlo, however a choice about who replaces Sordo for Rally Sweden could possibly be delayed till after Monte.

Hayden Paddon is at the moment well-placed to retain his part-season shared drive with Sordo.

Workforce supervisor Alain Penasse stated Hyundai had spoken to Loeb, who’s unlikely to drive for Citroen in 2019 after it didn’t safe backing for a 3rd automobile, however denied a deal had already been finished.

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

“However I do not 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 do not know why that is – and everyone picked up on it.

“I do not know what he is doing. Is he doing rallycross? I do not know. We all know what shall be our crew in Monte, there will not be a shock right here.”

Requested about Paddon, who completed fourth or greater on 4 of his last 5 rallies in 2018, Penasse added: “After Rally Australia he is in pole place for the seat.

“There was discuss 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 yr.

“It is tough for Hayden to remain concentrated due to all these items about him dropping his seat.

“I perceive the media has a job to do, however, truthfully, some individuals are making some issues up they usually 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 take 151 workers from Hyundai Motorsport out to see our colleagues in Korea. Then all of the sudden this has grow to be some type of debrief concerning the season.

“That is the conventional life, however some individuals are desirous to make extra of it.”

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

Paddon needs to return to a full-season schedule as quickly as potential, however informed Autosport his precedence was to remain at Hyundai.

“I really feel we did job this yr and tried our greatest to work with the crew and ensure we introduced dwelling strong outcomes on every rally,” stated Paddon.

“The 2 rallies the place there was rather less stress to only end, the place we may deal with efficiency [in Portugal and Australia], we have been mixing it on the entrance.

“That is one thing I do know we will do extra often.

“Naturally, I wish to be doing a full season once more and I nonetheless again myself to realize rather more within the WRC, however I am additionally practical in what choices we presently have.”

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