The 2019 world champion endured a irritating 2021 marketing campaign claiming extra stage wins than any of his rivals, however witnessed victories slip from his grasp on account of reliability points.
Tanak, who missed final 12 months’s last spherical in Monza on account of private causes, is keen to kick off the 2022 season which presents a recent begin, courtesy of the WRC’s embracing hybrid expertise as a part of new Rally1 rules.
Though Hyundai was the final of the three marques to decide to the 2022 guidelines, Tanak has been impressed by the work undergone to create and develop the all-new i20, that’s set to tackle Toyota and M-Sport Ford, starting on the Monte Carlo Rally on the 20-23 January.
The Korean model was additionally the final staff to unveil the ultimate iteration of its automotive, which solely started testing in late November. The operation can be and not using a everlasting staff principal following Andrea Adamo’s departure final month.
“Let’s say the final two years haven’t been too profitable, so for positive it’s a good likelihood for me to work with the blokes and put sturdy automotive collectively,” Tanak, who completed fifth within the 2021 standings, informed Autosport.
“It’s good to see in the meanwhile, and even when we began a bit late and a being a bit behind in our growth, that the individuals are nonetheless working exhausting. I’m positive we will combat exhausting this 12 months.
“There’s actually no thought what’s the hole [to the opposition] or what the state of affairs is in the meanwhile. It’s actually difficult for everybody.
“We’ve been focussing on our personal job and so long as we’re pleased with what now we have carried out, we ought to be proud. If we preserve working and attempt to obtain our targets, and if we will try this, then I’m positive we’re going to be sturdy.
“It [the car] is slowly getting there. The potential is there and it appears to be bundle, so we simply have to be taught and perceive the place the window is for this automotive and the way it’s working.”
Ott Tanak, Hyundai i20 Rally1
Picture by: Hyundai
Hyundai alongside rivals Toyota and M-Sport face a voyage into the unknown at Monte Carlo with reliability an enormous concern for all of the groups as their model new hybrid automobiles sort out the difficult asphalt phases for the primary time.
Not solely will using hybrid energy present a problem, however the automobiles can even run with considerably much less aero and diminished suspension journey, and and not using a centre differential, courtesy of the brand new guidelines.
Such are the unknowns surrounding the automobiles, Tanak believes reliability can be extra essential than outright efficiency in Monte Carlo.
“To begin the 12 months reliability can be essential,” he added.
“I suppose at first we simply want some good mileage expertise and rating factors, so for positive the reliability is extra a precedence than the efficiency, however let’s see.
“The fellows are doing their finest and hopefully it is going to work out.”
Tanak can be joined by team-mates Thierry Neuville and new signing Oliver Solberg for a pre-event take a look at in France subsequent week forward of the season opener.
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