Andrea Adamo paused briefly on the realisation of what he had just said. Then he pointed it out. The newsworthiness was not lost on Hyundai Motorsport’s team principal.
Discussing the number of rounds required to complete this year’s World Rally Championship, the Italian was adamant the series needed more action before handing out any silverware.
“F*****g hell!” said Adamo, “I agree with Sébastien Ogier about something – this is a big day.”
Toyota’s world championship-leading Frenchman had already made it clear that he wanted some more competition before any 2020 titles were won.
“He is right,” said Adamo. “We need as many events as possible. It’s not current to name a champion after just three rallies – but, to be clear, I don’t say this just because Hyundai is not in the front in the championships.”
Discussions are ongoing between the WRC stakeholders about the remainder of this year’s calendar, which so far has run to just three rallies and has had three rounds cancelled since last week.
It is now near certain that rallies from outside the original 2020 WRC roster will be included into a hastily rearranged second half of the season.