Sordo looking to extend WRC career to 2022

The three-time World Rally winner wants more success, and is linked to Toyota, but is also happy to race in other series


Hyundai Motorsport driver Dani Sordo has told DirtFish he would like one more year in the World Rally Championship.

The Spaniard is contesting a part-time program this year, sharing an i20 Coupe WRC with Craig Breen. With Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville already under contract next season, it’s still yet to be decided what team principal Andrea Adamo does with the third car.

Adamo has already told DirtFish he’s open to the idea of running a permanent third driver, which plenty in the service park are speculating could be Oliver Solberg.

“I don’t know about nothing yet about next year,” Sordo said.

“If I can stay a little bit [and do] some rallies [for] one year more, it’s fine. If not, I go with Kris [Meeke, his neighbor and friend in Andorra] to do other things.”

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Ogier's program is key, but Sordo and ex-Toyota driver Lappi are being considered

Discussing his policy of rotating a third seat – as he has since arriving in the position of team principal in January 2019 – Adamo said: “You don’t have to stick with your decision all of the time. Just because a decision works in 2019, it doesn’t mean it’s definitely the right decision for 2022.”

Having won the previous two editions of Rally Italy, Sordo missed out on a hat-trick earlier this month after putting the i20 Coupe WRC on its side and out of second place on Saturday’s penultimate test.

“I really wanted a podium here again,” he said. “Of course, it would have been nice to win and nice to jump in the sea again. But I can jump in the sea tomorrow, I wanted to make the podium on this rally.

“The diving in the sea thing is good, but for me the first year I did it is something I will never forget. I have a such a good memory from [2019]. But last year, because of COVID-19 and the lack of fans, it was spoiled a little bit. It was weird last year.”

Words:David Evans

Photos:Hyundai Motorsport