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Q&A: Petter Solberg - EXCLUSIVE.

I have done a few days in England and have done some detail testing, just to find out things. We have done a couple of days in Germany for the rally there too. So I have done quite a lot, but we still need some more testing to get everything back on track.

Crash.net:
Have you had much chance to put your feet up during the break?

PS:
Actually I have my feet up now! I have just done some training and have been relaxing and watching the Tour de France a little bit. I have had a good break with my family. I have tried to give them as much time as I can, because I know it will be very tough during the remainder of the season. There is a lot of travelling to do, a lot of PR and promotion work to do and so on - but it is good fun when the car is performing better and better, as it is all the time now.

Crash.net:
The next event is the Rally Finland. What's going to be possible there for you?

PS:
Let's see after I have tested on Thursday and Friday and after we see how much the team has improved the car. Then I can tell you more after the test.

Crash.net:
Subaru will enter three-cars there, with Xavier Pons joining you and Chris Atkinson. Were you surprised by the teams' decision to expand to a three-car line-up?

PS:
That is the team's decision, keep me out of that! I am just the driver and that is it.

Crash.net:
Are you looking forward to working with Xavier and having an extra team-mate?

PS:
Yeah, it is no problem at all. I am quite easy going and as long as we are working for one goal to get the best result for the team, I am very happy.

Crash.net:
After Finland the WRC goes to Germany. There are four asphalt events in the second half of the year, including Rally Ireland. Will those be more difficult for the Impreza?

PS:
Well we have done some good improvements and hopefully that will show. Let's see first though, before I say anything. But things are going in a really good direction.

Crash.net:
David Lapworth is back with the Subaru WRT working as a consultant. How much of a boost is that for the team?

PS:
It is good to fun to have David back – although there are many people involved. There are lots of other guys as well too and there are some guys from other places there - the team is growing. It is a lot of new people, but all the information and things that are coming into the team is looking really good. They all look like they know what they are doing all the time now. That is giving us all a big boost - and confidence.

Crash.net:
What do you want to achieve in the second half of the season?

PS:
Well it is about time we started winning again. The team and me, we have been away from a win for a long, long time and we need to win rallies - that is it. We need to get everything back on track.

Crash.net:
Can you tell us anything about Subaru's plans for next year?

PS:
Hopefully it will be much, much better than it has been the last couple of years. That is the only thing I can say.

Crash.net:
Final question, in terms of the drivers' title, it looks like it will be a fight between Marcus Gronholm and Sebastien Loeb - any tips on which one of those might come out top?

PS:


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Petter Solberg (NOR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007. Acropolis Rally of Greece, 31st May - 3rd June 2007.
Petter Solberg (NOR) / Phil Mills (GBR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007. Acropolis Rally of Greece, 31st May - 3rd June 2007.
Petter Solberg (NOR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007. Acropolis Rally of Greece, 31st May - 3rd June 2007.
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Petter Solberg flying high in FIA World Rallycross
Petter Solberg
Petter Solberg celebrates at the 2007 Race of Champions
Petter Solberg - PSRX Citroen DS3
Petter Solberg edges Mattias Ekstrom by 5/1000ths of a second in the German round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship
Petter Solberg. France. FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Petter Solberg. Canada. FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Petter Solberg. Canada. FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Petter Solberg. Canada. FIA World Rallycross Championship.

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