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Q&A: Petter Solberg - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


Subaru team leader Petter Solberg is on something of a high having got his hands on the new Impreza WRC2007 in Mexico. Crash.net Radio caught up with the Norwegian recently and got his thoughts prior to the Rally Portugal, the fifth round in the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship...


Q:
Petter, I guess given the form of the new Impreza in Mexico and the times you were able to set before you retired, you are feeling pretty positive and happy with things?

Petter Solberg:
Well of course, there has been a lot of work behind the scenes from the team and everybody. We are still not up to date with everything. We are still working on the balance and the chassis of the car, but still the main basic things are right and that makes things much easier to drive. It is then much more fun for me and I can do a better performance. We have gone back to basics and now things will go much easier.

Q:
In what ways is the new Impreza better for you as a driver?

PS:
It is just easier everywhere and in every type of condition. This is what we need to go quick. Back to basics is the main thing - good weight distribution, better traction, much, much less under-steer and so obviously big, big change.

Q:
What needs to be done now to fine-tune it for Portugal?

PS:
I am going over to England tomorrow [Friday March 23] to try and fine-tune it and we have some new parts that we want to try. So, from that point of view I hope we can get an even better balance for Rally Portugal.

Q:
Is it at all worrying for you that your team-mate, Chris Atkinson dropped back on days two and three in Mexico (from second overall at the end of Friday to fifth at the finish)?

PS:
It is strange actually. OK, it is different stages, but I don't know [why he lost time] – honest, I don't know. We will just have to see when we go to Portugal. We know that everything was correct with the car and we know that the engine was OK. Everything was perfect. We don't know exactly [what happened].

Q:
Do you think this is the start of a Subaru come-back now after a difficult 2006?

PS:
Yes, definitely. It is just very important for the whole team that we are back again and that is the main thing. So, I hope we can show a very good performance in Portugal and just prove that we can do well there.

Q:
How do you think you will be able to go in Portugal?

PS:
We will see. I think and hope I will be able to win.

Q:
It's obviously a new event will that help or hinder you?

PS:
It doesn't matter. I don't care. I drive on the roads that we go to and it is up to me to show my performance, together with the team. That is how it works.

Q:
Do you or the team know anything about the new Rally de Portugal?

PS:


Related Pictures

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Petter Solberg (NOR) / Phil Mills (GBR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006. Swedish Rally, 8-11th February 2007.
Petter Solberg (NOR) / Phil Mills (GBR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007. Rally Mexico, 8-11th March 2007.
Petter Solberg (NOR) / Phil Mills (GBR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007. Rally Mexico, 8-11th March 2007.
Petter Solberg. Canada. FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Petter Solberg. Canada. FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Petter Solberg. Canada. FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport) and Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)

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