WRC » 1 January 1901
Pre-event press conference - Norway
Drivers: Petter Solberg (Petter Solberg WRT), Henning Solberg (Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team), Jari-Matti Latvala (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT) and Dani Sordo (Citroen Total WRT).
Petter, you return to the WRC, after missing only one event, with a new team and a different car - the Citroen Xsara WRC. How tough has it been getting everything together to compete this year?
Well, first of all I was very disappointed with the situation over Subaru. It's sad. We had a long relationship with them. We still have a good contact with them. It's part of the game. The day after or two days after, we started to look into every possibility for driving. Me and my wife and a couple of other guys have worked flat out to find the solution. We got everything in place in three weeks; we have the car, the truck and the testing done. I also had time to test the Le Mans car. I think I have been at home for one day and one hour. I have learned a lot and now everything is possible.
What's the plan now, will you do the rest of the rallies this season?
I have a car which is out of production: a 2006 car. If I can show some good performances, then I will be happy. If we are too far behind with the older car, then we have to re-think and come up some other possibilities. I have a plan B, but let's try plan A first.
How different is it working for your own team other than a Manufacturer – is there more pressure to perform well as you are, essentially, your own boss?
I like pressure. It's just another situation you have to deal with in life. I have a dream for the future, maybe it's a little bit too early. Right now, I have a lot of good people around me, very good catering and it's perfect.
Will we see the old Petter Solberg spark here?
It is tough for what happened. I've been very positive for the last few weeks. I enjoyed the test I had and I have very good help from my old engineer FX (Francois Xavier Demaison). He's doing a very good job with his guys helping me with the car. It's going to be a great weekend. Let's see where we are. Maybe we can surprise a little bit. It's a different situation this time, let's see.
You weren't in Ireland. How tough was that?
It was tough, you know. I followed it a little bit. Henning (Solberg) was there and in his car, so I was looking out for him. I was listening to the radio some times, but it wasn't very enjoyable. But that was it. When you have the passion for the sport, you can't help it. You need to know what's happening.
Can you win here?
I've sat in the car for two and a half days and I have some feeling. Maybe I can find some more feeling in the next couple of days. I'm very interested myself to see how it goes on the stages.
Henning, a great result for you in Ireland and you seemed full of confidence for this one. Do you still feel the same?
We had a good test last week. The car is running well. I will go as fast as I can.
Are the conditions perfect for a snow event?
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