Hyundai denies settlement with Loeb regardless of discussions

Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo will lead a trio of i20 WRC Cup factories in the course of the first flip to Monte Carlo, whereas Hayden Paddon ought to substitute Sordo for the Rally Sweden.

Hyundai staff supervisor Alain Penasse stated the staff had spoken to Loeb, however nothing had progressed.

"We talked to him like everybody else," he advised Motorsport.com. "It's logical in our place.

"However I don’t perceive the place all of the fuss is available in. There was an article within the media about the truth that Loeb was not taken over by Citroën – I have no idea why that’s – and everybody understood it.

"I have no idea what he's doing. Does he do rallycross? I don’t know. We all know what might be our staff in Monte, there might be no shock right here.

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Requested about Paddon's future, Penasse praised the Kiwi, including, "After the Rally of Australia, he’s in pole place for the seat. We talked about us speaking with [Elfyn] Evans and [Craig] Breen, however that doesn’t actually go a lot additional.

"Hayden did the whole lot we requested him this season, he had an excellent 12 months. Hayden struggles to remain targeted due to all of the media stories about his lack of siege and blah, blah, blah.

"I perceive that the media have a job to do, however truthfully, some individuals invent issues and even begin believing their very own tales!

" An instance of that is our journey to Korea We had deliberate this journey for months to convey 151 staff of Hyundai Motorsport to our Korean colleagues, which has grow to be a sort of report of the season.

"It's the identical factor, subsequent week we'll have individuals from Korea who’ve at all times deliberate to look to the long run, that's regular life, however some individuals need to to do extra. "

Hyundai staff director Michel Nandan has at all times spoken of repeating the break up program this 12 months between Sordo and Paddon.

Whereas Paddon needs to return to a full season as quickly as potential, the New Zealander advised Motorsport.com that his precedence was to stick with Hyundai.

Paddon stated, "I feel we've accomplished a very good job this 12 months and that we did our greatest to work with the staff and ensure we had robust outcomes at each rally.

"The 2 rallies the place there was rather less strain to complete, the place we may deal with efficiency [in Portugal and Australia] we combine it ions on the entrance. I do know we will do it extra usually.

"In fact, I want to remake a full season and I'm at all times able to do much more within the WRC, however I'm additionally sensible concerning the choices we at the moment have.

"Now we have been working exhausting with Hyundai Motorsport and the Hyundai model all over the world. This partnership is crucial for the long run. "

Hayden Paddon, Sebastian Marshall and Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 WRC Cup

Photograph by: Fabien Dufour / Hyundai Motorsport

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