Andreas Mikkelsen this Friday will test the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe so maybe in the next month to join the team for Rally Portugal.
Team Mikkelsen talks with Toyota, Hyundai and Citroen, with the aim to conclude a contract with the current WRC.
It is expected that all details will be agreed upon already during the week.
At the end of last week, many speculated that Mikkelsen will go to Toyota.
AUTOSPORT sources have reported that Mikkelsen was considered for the place Juho Hanninen, who was having problems after returning to WRC, but Hyundai gave the Norwegian a chance to test the car this Friday.
“I hope soon we will solve all the issues – admitted Mikkelsen in an interview with AUTOSPORT. – We are negotiating with all for the conclusion of a long-term agreement. Now our chances are higher compared to the last negotiations during the Rally Sweden. Now everything is moving in the right direction.”
Many were surprised at the decision of Hyundai to allow Mikkelsen to test their car, given that Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon confirmed contract with the team until the end of next season.
One source told AUTOSPORT: “it looks Like Hyundai decided to enter in the WRC to a new level.
No one can beat this team of four cars next season.”
Mikkelsen was the only one of the three pilots Volkswagen, which failed to conclude a contract for this season after the departure of the German manufacturer from the championship.
Last year’s winner of the Rally Australia managed to win this season for two victory in WRC2, protecting color factory Skoda Fabia R5.
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