Sordo not sure he will remain in WRC in 2023

Rally Spain will be key in the Hyundai driver's decision making process


Dani Sordo isn’t sure if he will remain in the World Rally Championship next season, with his home rally in Spain key to helping him make a decision.

Sordo has competed in every single WRC season since being promoted to Citroën’s works team as Junior world champion in 2006.

In that time he has also competed for Mini and currently Hyundai (via a one-off for Ford as a replacement for the injured Jari-Matti Latvala) and recorded 54 podiums across 180 starts.

Sordo’s been part of Hyundai’s driver roster ever since it rejoined the WRC in 2014, and bolstered his victory tally from one to three with back-to-back Rally Italy wins in 2019 and ’20.

But since 2018 Sordo has played a decreasing part in Hyundai’s rallying program, starting just three rallies so far this year in a car share arrangement with Oliver Solberg.

Sordo won’t make the trip to New Zealand and a trip to Japan at the end of the year is thought unlikely given it’s a new rally and gaining experience will therefore be important for Solberg’s future, so Rally Spain in October is set to be Sordo’s final appearance of 2022.

Sordo, who turns 40 years old next year, currently has no contract in place beyond this year and rumors surfaced during his home WRC round last year that this may be his last season.

However Sordo is currently in the form of his career, with third place on the recent Acropolis Rally his fifth third place finish in succession.

Asked by DirtFish if he would be happy with a similar program in 2023, or a bigger or smaller haul of rallies, Sordo said how competitive he feels behind the wheel would be the deciding factor.

“I don’t know. I want to be performing in the car until I am good,” he told DirtFish.

“I like to drive, I like to fight, I like to drive fast and have fun, to fight with these guys, no?

“I don’t come here to just stay and wait for the others to break their cars or whatever; the feeling when you are fast and make good times, this is the good feeling.


“Until I [don’t] have this I can drive a little bit [more]. If you are not performing well, I will not do anymore. Let’s see.”

Asked if he felt he was performing well, Sordo replied: “Yes, sometimes it happens very well after performing less good.

“Let’s see in Cataluyna and after, we decide.”

Words:Luke Barry