Tänak: “The potential is there”

Saturday | February 12, 2022

Former champion Ott Tänak remains confident he has the pace to fight in the fierce finish of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship.

The Estonian retired from Rally Monte-Carlo last month after damaging the radiator of his Hyundai i20 N when it went off the road at the Saint-Geniez/Thoard speed test.

But ahead of this month’s second round in Sweden, Tänak believes he’s seen enough to know that Hyundai Motorsport‘s new hybrid challenger has good speed.

“The car will be fast,” he said. “In terms of pure performance, I am sure that the potential is there.

“Don’t forget that we had some other issues at Monte and we never really got to see the full speed and potential of the car. If we can get rid of these problems, we will see more clearly where we stand.

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“When the conditions were a bit more difficult and complicated, I think it was possible to compare this car with the competition. We were competitive.”

Tänak will be looking for a similar recovery in the second round as he did 12 months ago, when he came from zero points to win Arctic Rally Finland in the snow.

He will be joined by Thierry Neuville and Oliver Solberg in the new home of Rally Sweden in Umeå as Hyundai tries to recover from a disappointing start to the season in which Neuville was the only driver to score points in sixth place.

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