Krisztián Szabó is one of just three drivers in the FIA World Rallycross Championship field to have progressed through to the final in every round to-date in 2021 – and the Hungarian has every intention of keeping that run going in this weekend’s double-header season finale at the Nürburgring (27-28 November).
In only his second full campaign at the international pinnacle of the dual-surface discipline, Szabó has been a model of consistency, impressing with both his raw pace and racecraft in GRX-SET World RX Team’s Hyundai i20.
After taking the chequered flag fourth in the Catalunya curtain-raiser, the two-time FIA European Rallycross Champion placed fifth at both Höljes and Lohéac and then fourth and sixth in Riga, before reaching the rostrum for the first time courtesy of a determined defence at Spa-Francorchamps.
Another fourth position last time out at Montalegre means Szabó will travel to the Nürburgring still in with a shout of clinching the coveted Drivers’ crown – and while he acknowledges that at 51 points adrift of championship leader Timmy Hansen, his is the longest of long shots, he is justifiably proud of what he has achieved thus far.
“It’s been a good season and I’m happy with my appearance in all of the finals,” the 29-year-old acknowledged. “I was admittedly hoping for more podiums, but that might change in Germany. I think I’ve improved a lot during the season and I believe I can be a strong driver in the coming years.
“The entire year has been a positive journey for me, with a lot of ups-and-downs. I hope I can reach the podium at least once this weekend, but my main goal is to finish the season as one of the few drivers that has been in all of the finals.
“I’ll approach the event just like all the others this season, which means I’m not looking any further than Saturday’s practice at the moment. Even though the Nürburgring will be a new track for everyone, I won’t really prepare any differently – I just have to get to know it as quickly as possible.
“Whilst mathematically, I still have a chance to win the championship, being realistic, I don’t really have a chance to finish on top this year, so I will simply focus on trying to get the most out of the weekend again and I’ll do my very best to end the season on a high.”
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