Hyundai: Tanak "would be stupid" to risk Arctic Rally WRC victory

Ott Tanak would be "stupid" to take unnecessary risks on the final day of the World Rally Championship's Arctic Rally and put victory in jeopardy, says Hyundai principal Andrea Adamo

Hyundai: Tanak "would be stupid" to risk Arctic Rally WRC victory

Tanak and co-driver Martin Jarveoja lead the WRC meeting in Finland by 24.1 seconds after today's six stages.

Their grip on top spot at the winter event was strengthened thanks to fastest times on three of the stages.

It means that only two Sunday tests - one of which is the bonus points Power Stage - stand between the Estonians and a first win of 2021.

The result would move one-time champion Tanak back into title contention after a forgettable start at last month's Rally Monte-Carlo where he retired and was later issued with a suspended one-rally ban.

"I think Ott would be stupid to try to risk too much," said Adamo.

"I would have to say it has not been a bad day for us with Ott continuing to lead and Thierry fighting back into the provisional podium positions. It has been good to see their performances."

Like many of the leading drivers competing at the Rovaniemi-based event, Tanak remarked that tyre wear was a particular concern for the afternoon stages as the racing line second time through was noticeably harsher on the studs.

"We took all the tyres we had and used them, so this afternoon was about managing them, getting through and not doing any mistakes," explained Tanak.

"This morning we were still pushing a bit and then this afternoon it was important to come through clean [with no damage].

"The last stage was quite stressful for the tyre and yeah, it was not easy for sure, but for us there was no need [to take any risks]. I mean it was important to come through," he added.

Hyundai remain on course for a one-two finish after Thierry Neuville recovered from his earlier intercom issues to move to within 1.8 seconds of Toyota Gazoo Racing youngster, Kalle Rovanpera.

After running as high as second at one point, Irishman Craig Breen has dropped to fourth, while Oliver Solberg - on his WRC car debut with stand-in navigator Sebastien Marshall - is sixth.

Asked about Solberg's driver, Adamo said: "We didn't decide to have him in a WRC car because we had a spare one left. We did it because we thought it would be possible for him to do well.

"Of course, if you would have asked me before [the rally] I would never have bet he could have done what he has done from the second stage.

"My, let me say, informal answer would have been that I expected him to get faster and faster along the way. And he is definitely getting faster and faster even though he started very fast already."

shares
comments
WRC Arctic Rally: Tanak holds 24s lead over Rovanpera after day 2
Previous article

WRC Arctic Rally: Tanak holds 24s lead over Rovanpera after day 2

Next article

WRC Arctic Rally: Tanak seals victory, Rovanpera takes championship lead

WRC Arctic Rally: Tanak seals victory, Rovanpera takes championship lead
Load comments
How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers Plus

How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers

After winning his eighth WRC title, Sebastien Ogier has drawn the curtain on his full-time rallying career. To understand Ogier's legacy, many of his former rivals, team-mates and colleagues have shared their thoughts on a vastly successful career

WRC
Nov 26, 2021
Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies Plus

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies

Richard Burns was a determined driver who took on the best rally drivers in the world during a boom period in the early 2000s, and beat them. On the 20th anniversary of his crowning glory in winning the 2001 WRC title, and 16 years on from his death on the same date, Autosport picks out his 10 greatest drives

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion Plus

The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion

At the turn of the millennium, WRC was full to the brim with rallying's great and good - and 20 years ago on this day, Richard Burns became England's first world rally champion. Although Burns' natural talent drove him to the top, his steely determination and mental strength was the key attribute behind his title-winning form

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
How Ogier emerged out of Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend Plus

How Ogier emerged out of Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend

OPINION: Adding an eighth WRC title to his name, Sebastien Ogier has bowed out from full-time rallying in style. Having been compared throughout his career with nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb, Ogier has convincingly demonstrated that he can stand on his own as one of the greatest rally drivers in history

WRC
Nov 22, 2021
How confronting self-doubt drove Ogier to become a WRC legend Plus

How confronting self-doubt drove Ogier to become a WRC legend

This weekend's Rally Monza marks the end of an era in the World Rally Championship, as Sebastien Ogier prepares to bring down the curtain on his full-time career with an eighth title. For all his enduring success, the Toyota driver reveals in an exclusive interview that lingering insecurities have compelled his quest for perfection

WRC
Nov 18, 2021
The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC Plus

The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC

The McRae family name is steeped in rallying history, with eight British titles between Jimmy, Colin and Alister - plus the small matter of the 1995 WRC title too. Next on the conveyor of talent is Alister's 17-year-old Max McRae, who’s setting out in Australia to conquer the world of rallying and return the famous name to the WRC...

WRC
Nov 12, 2021
Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era Plus

Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era

As the World Rally Championship undergoes its biggest shift in regulations for a generation, teams are taking radical measures to prepare for its new era. Hyundai's unique approach involved conducting a private 1500km rally in Italy and Autosport went to see how the team is preparing for 2022

WRC
Nov 4, 2021
How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain Plus

How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

WRC
Oct 18, 2021