Solberg and Hyundai to part ways at the end of 2022

Solberg and Hyundai to part ways at the end of 2022 WRC season

Hyundai Motorsport has announced it will not renew Oliver Solberg’s contract when it reaches the end its conclusion at the end of 2022.

Hyundai intents ‘to field an experienced trio of crews for the 2023 season’.

Solberg said in a video posted on his social media channels: “Unfortunately, I have some disappointing news to share with you this morning. I’m not continuing with Hyundai for [the remainder of] 2022, so that means I’m not doing Japan. I’m not either continuing my plans with Hyundai for 2023. Unfortunately, the team didn’t way to continue my contract for 2023.

“For sure it’s very disappointing, it’s sad. The team changed [its] focus, [they] wanted to continue only experienced drivers for the future and a three-car line-up.”

Solberg added: “It’s for sure a tough time. We’ll fight like hell to keep this going and I hope you guys are with me to fight for the future to do all the best for next year and see what plans we can find.”

Deputy Team Principal at Hyundai, Julien Monchet said: “Oliver has been a great asset to our team this season, showing himself to be resilient and eager to learn.

“However, we have seen the benefits of having an experienced and consistent crew at the wheel of our car. This will be our focus for our 2023 line-up.

“We wish him the very best for the future. In the World Rally Championship, you never know when paths may cross again. We end this particular phase of the relationship on good terms and know that Oliver will find the right next step for his career.”

Solberg confirmed in his statement that he won’t be driving one of the three Hyundai’s in Japan. The 21-year old will do the pre-event recce in Japan, as well as selected activities, Hyundai confirmed.

Hyundai will likely elect Dani Sordo to do the final event of 2022. Sordo will also be in the car for his home event at Rally Spain this month.

Photo: Hyundai Motorsport