Penasse tells Neuville to follow Meeke and score win in Argentina
Hyundai team manager Alain Penasse has told Thierry Neuville to follow Kris Meeke’s lead from last year and win Rally Argentina.
Neuville suffered another troubled event when he was hospitalised after crashing out of Rally Mexico earlier this month. Medics discharged the Belgian following checks after he went off the road in his Hyundai i20 WRC – an accident Penasse said was unnecessary.
One of the pre-event favourites, Neuville had lost his chance of victory when he suffered a broken suspension arm on the first gravel stage of the event. He has 15 points from three rounds.
“The accident on the first day can happen when you are fighting for a win,” said Penasse. “He made a mistake, that is clear. The second accident was not necessary. We made it clear in the morning we wanted him to bring the car back to score a few manufacturer points, so we didn’t understand why he drove at a speed which was too much.
“He has to start again in Argentina. He needs to analyse what he’s doing by watching his onboards against the other guys. The plan is quite simple in Argentina: he will have the same fantastic road position that [Kris] Meeke had there last year and if he can do what Kris did last year then we will be happy. When you have this good road position, he has to drive – there’s no point hanging around.”