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Crash.net EXCLUSIVE: Q&A: Petter Solberg

Very much, I like driving and I hope it will help my position with Citroen [as Citroen and Peugeot are both part of the PSA group]. It is a tough rally. But it will be good to get into a rhythm with that type of car and with the gearbox and learn to drive with a little bit less horsepower. It is a smaller car and we will run on Michelin tyres. We will have five days running and for me it is important to get some kilometres in before the proper season starts with the WRC, if I get all the deals and everything together to do that.

Crash.net:
It looks like it will be quite a competitive line-up for the Rallye Monte Carlo. What do you think you can do there?

PS:
I have been fast all year on tarmac and have fought with Sebastien [Loeb] on every rally. I can do whatever I want and Peugeot want me to win. I will do like normal and do a big push. But I will think a little bit about the strategy too through the whole rally because it is quite a tricky one.

Crash.net:
What do you think of the IRC?

PS:
It is a good class, a good system. They do good publicity for the Rallye Monte Carlo, with live coverage on the TV and stuff like that. It is very, very good how they do it. But the World Championship is the main thing for me - you have to be in the highest class and in the WRC. That is it.

Crash.net:
Can you tell us anything more about how planning is going for 2011?

PS:
I have nothing yet. I am working on it. I hope I can get everything together in the short time we have. I want to sort it as soon as possible. But I haven't signed with the sponsors yet and haven't got all the things together. I am though trying everything I can. Don't worry I am flat out.

Crash.net:
You have of course run in Citroens for the last two years, is the Citroen Junior Team still a possibility, as has been rumoured?

PS:
Well, if it is the Citroen Junior Team, they have to be responsible for absolutely everything. I cannot get my sponsors on board, if the name of the team is not the 'Petter Solberg World Rally Team'. So, if I am driving in the Citroen Junior Team they will take all of the credit and so they have to pay for everything. It is a very tricky and difficult situation.

Crash.net:
What about Ford or Mini? Is that a possibility?

PS:
Anything can happen. Honestly, I am open to anything. I have had a couple of talks with Malcolm [Wilson – Ford/M-Sport boss]. But I haven't heard anything back and it is difficult to go any further with it. I just have to work on my own thing and stick with my strategy and try and find a solution with Citroen. If I can't find one, that is it.

Crash.net:
There have been reports that you might do a season of circuit racing. Could that still happen?

PS:
Yeah, if I don't get all the season together, all the planning done and have a chance to fight for the victories, and get the budget. I won't have any choice, that is how it works. It is quite simple if you don't have the package, you do something else where they want you. I know for sure in Le Mans they want me. There has been interest from a couple of GT teams. It sounds and looks easier and better. Maybe I will go to America – that's another option. Honestly, I try this now [WRC] and then we will see.

Crash.net:
The current WRC car era ended on Wales Rally GB. How do you think the sport is looking for 2011 with the new breed of cars coming in?

PS:
I think it will be a good close fight between the manufacturers. It is easier for other manufacturers to come in because of the rule changes. Smaller cars - it is a good idea. But I think it will be much the same [still just as good to watch] – and don't worry, if I get a car, I will go absolutely mad to push! You will see people attacking.


by Rob Wilkins


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Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
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Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying

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Harsh Nath Shahdeo - Unregistered

December 14, 2010 6:27 PM

Petter never say Die.............he will be flat out geeting his sponsors and will be back with a bang in the new era of WRC.....and this 2003 world champian will be called 2011 champian. Good luck Petter!!!!!!!!!!



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