WRC » Solberg and Patterson reprimanded by stewards

Stewards concerned after Solberg and Patterson display 'a lack of safety awareness' in SS9

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Jamnar - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 6:11 PM

The stewards are perfectly justified in issuing this reprimand. Petter has been given a rare chance to learn from this mistake and recognize the danger of racing blindly forward in a desperate attempt to keep his place in the rally. No race is so important that spectators lives should be placed in jeopardy like they were today.

Chris - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 6:37 PM

I'm sure for a split second petter wasn't thinking but it was a very dangerous thing to do. He is meant to be an experienced driver. No disrespect but its something I'd expect novikov or some other young lad who is mad keen. I think it's time petter hung up the gloves. He doesn't deserve the factory seat. And let's be honest, he is only there due to his marketability.

sodesu - Unregistered

October 07, 2012 1:25 AM

I like Petter but that was really reckless, it's just luck that noone was killed. He could have hit some roadside spectator himself, because he didn't see where he was going and still kept his foot down. Must have had a complete brain fade there - but yes, a ban would definitely be in place. That was really, really bad.

JAndrade - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 9:24 AM

Well, I never expected this from Petter. It reeks of desperation... And I wouldn't expect it from a youngster, either. Novikov makes a lot of mistakes, but it's quite endearing to watch him (onboard) asking Giraudeut "how are you?" in a concerned tone immediately after going off (see Finland). Chardonnet stopped on the stage to help two spectators hurt by Nasser's accident. Rally drivers are usually highly focused AND conscious sportsmen. Solberg was neither and, yeah, it's time to give up his place. He's passionate, OK, but the whole thing was as pathetic as it was dangerous.

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