by Rob Wilkins.
Subaru team leader, Petter Solberg has had a pretty nightmarish start to the new season - and while his main rivals, Sebastien Loeb and Marcus Gronholm have shared the wins, 'Hollywood' has been left languishing down the pack with the Impreza WRC particularly uncompetitive on the last two events on asphalt in Spain and France.
Here speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio
we caught up with the Norwegian ahead of next weekend's event in Argentina when the WRC will again be back on gravel, something that Solberg is clearly looking forward to. Indeed based on his form in Mexico, when he was battling for the win, before eventually finishing second best, he should be right back up there...
Petter, you have just had two tough events on asphalt in Spain and Corsica, you must be looking forward to getting back onto gravel in Argentina next weekend, especially in light of your form in Mexico?
Yeah, tough events I don't know... but a big challenge [laughs]
. Back on gravel now though, that will be good because we have been very fast on all the other gravel events.
Going back to Spain and Corsica, the Impreza seemed to really lack the required pace to compete for a top five finish, let alone a podium or the win. What exactly was the problem?
I don't want to talk about it.
The year to date hasn't been ideal for you. You have 10 points on the board, while Sebastien Loeb leads currently and has 46. Is the drivers' title still a realistic possibility?
...Well it is going to be very tough of course. But you know when there are so many rallies to go anything can happen. But he [Loeb] is a very strong guy and never has any big problems. But I have not given up.
How frustrating has it been to see Loeb and Gronholm take all the glory...
I am not delighted to be second ever and of course it is very, very tough. But like I say I will not give up and we just have to deal with this together with the team. We will come back, I am sure.
Going back to Mexico you had a good event there. You finished runner-up and were in contention to win. You must be hoping that will be a similar story in Argentina?