Hyundai on Thursday appointed former Caterham and Renault Components 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul as the brand new principal of its World Rally Championship staff.
The 45-year-old Frenchman left Renault in 2021. in January after main their staff because the Alpine rebrand in 2017.
“Cyril’s expertise in Components 1 will assist us uncover new alternatives for progress and improvement as we look ahead to intensifying the battle for WRC titles and supporting our buyer racing groups,” Hyundai Motorsport president Sean Kim mentioned in an announcement.
Germany-based Hyundai received 5 rallies final yr and completed second within the championship forward of Toyota. Abiteboul takes over from compatriot Julien Moncet, who crammed the position on an interim foundation.
Excited for the chance
Commenting on his new job, Abiteboulis mentioned: “I’m delighted with the chance to affix Hyundai Motorsport as a staff supervisor.
“In motorsport, as of their different actions, the Hyundai model fastidiously builds management. I’m delighted to be part of it, main the WRC and Buyer Racing packages the place the staff has already confirmed to be a robust competitor,” he added.
“I look ahead to immersing myself within the rally group and studying extra about this thrilling sport.” Hyundai has given me their full help to make the transition into this position easy. I can not wait to get began,” concluded Abiteboul.
The 2023 season will start subsequent week with the Monte Carlo Rally on January 19-22. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Extra bulletins from GrandPrix247)