The Estonian surprised many paddock figures when he decided to leave Toyota in the middle of his 2019 title campaign and join Thierry Neuville at Hyundai

The year didn’t start with a scary high-speed accident on his debut for the Korean manufacturer at the Monte Carlo Rally, but Tanak regrouped to finish second in Sweden and Mexico before winning on home turf as the WRC followed up reassembled after a six-month COVID-induced delay in Estonia

A steering problem in Turkey that led to a second failure derailed his title hopes, but another runner-up in the Monza Rally at the end of the season helped him finish in third ahead of Neuville as the best-placed Hyundai

With his ways to get used to the team in 2020 so limited, Tanak believes he can take a step forward and enjoy a “more promising” season in 2021

Before Monte 2021, Tanak said: “The second season is getting easier and easier. We already have an idea of ​​which way to go in 2021 – the break was very good for us

“It gave us time to go through the first year and find ways to be more comfortable in the car

“This year, too, we are going to places where we have already been So we have an idea of ​​where we fought before and how we can improve things in the future

“All of this together, I believe it will definitely be a more promising season than a year ago”

Tanak agreed with Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier’s comments earlier this week when he said the title race is wide open and he believes that a quick understanding of how Pirelli’s new tire compounds work is key to strong performance under certain conditions will be

“It’s really open to everyone with the tires I think,” he admitted. “During the test you can usually see something [that works in your favor] but it’s impossible to see it all before the rally.” / p>

“Most of what we’re going to learn we’ll do later in the year I think we just have to do it quickly!”


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