WRC » Mills: Solberg a massive loss to the WRC


Phil Mills says Petter Solberg will be a huge loss to the World Rally Championship in 2013

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Not born Bjorn - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 2:47 PM

No doubt Petter is one of friendliest drivers/riders in a world championship and his passion is infectious. It can only be positive to have Petter around. with that being said, fact is, he hasn't won a world championship round since 2005.

Not born bjorn - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 2:54 PM

No doubt Petter is one of the friendliest drivers/riders in a world championship. His passion for the sport is exciting and infectious and he is probably the fan favourite over the years. With that being said, fact is, he has not a world championship round since 2005.

whitew - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 3:35 PM

He has driven a rally winning car over the last few years and not really done much with it.

There's only really one big name in Rallying.............. Loeb.

The fact that he's not competing in the championship devalues the WRC.

runnah - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 4:39 PM

@whitew

2012 was the only year since Subaru that he had a factory spec car. I would say the cars are 75% responsible for his poor record.

Latvala won 2 rallies in 2012 out of the 13 this past year. I wouldn't say the Fiesta was setting the world on fire.

JoePike - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 5:21 PM

@runnah
Oh : really :-))
You mean the ds3 was not a factory spec car?
How did they manage to have different parts homologated for the championship in one single year?
Once Citroen and Seb were so upset by a Solberg interview about the subject that Petter went to apologise to Loeb for having talked so much ( he also added that he had sometimes to talk a lot in order to get or keep his sponsors)
Petter is a great guy, he is a great driver , but you cannot buy everything he says.

"you know.. I was taking it easy you know, and the car is not a factory car you know"
:-))

JoePike - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 10:51 PM

Again ... the c4 was a customer car not a factory car
The ds3 however was a factory car without any difference in spec.
This was acknowledged even by Petter.
The car was delivered by Citroen to Petter's team on the monday of the event with the same setup ( ask FX Demaison and he will confirm it) .
This was causing him a problem as he could not test outside factory organised test and as he was having financial problems, he could not join these official Citroen test very often.
The cas was not even allowed to go anywhere else that Satory between events.
This situation changed in 2012 but then he was with Ford.

chris h - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 5:05 AM

Joe. It may have been a factory car but that doesnt mean he had all the testing and development knowledge or knew how to get the best out of the car. Although in saying that, it probably wouldnt have mattered. Petters track record with testing and development is poor. Say what you like but Petter had full factory support at petter but some of the blame for the 2008 spec Subaru not being much good has to go to Petter. He was the man charged with developing it and if I am not mistaking, he was even involved in the design of the hideous Impreza hatchback road car. Bottom line is, Petter may be a nice guy but nice guys dont win rallies. He wasnt bringing the results at ford and make no mistake, if malcom thought petter could get him wins next year, he would have solved the money issue.

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