Petter Solberg has admitted he has 'a little bit of regret' over not playing the tactical game at the end of day one in Mexico, despite scoring a fine second place in the latest round of the World Rally Championship.
After a difficult start to the season in Sweden, Solberg was back on form in Mexico as he led the way through the opening day at the wheel of his privateer Citroen C4 WRC – benefitting from his road position to open up a lead of nearly 20 seconds through the first day of action.
However, Solberg elected not to slow on the final stage of the day to improve his road position on day two and was forced to act as road-sweeper as a result, which dropped him out of contention for victory.
After a battle with Sebastien Ogier that went right to the final stage, and while he was pleased with the result, Solberg admitted there was slight regret at not playing tactics at the end of day one.
“A little bit,” he said, “but it doesn't matter now because we got second. I needed to learn to be first on the road and it was good publicity for the sponsors as we will need to get through the whole year. It is a different situation for a factory team. Our whole team is working very hard and it is impressive to be on the podium.
“We were not afraid to be first on the road on Saturday, even though I knew I were going to loose half a second per kilometre. It was my choice, and I knew I could still be in the top three, which was the main target for the weekend.
“There will be some strategic thinking before Jordan, but I must say this looks good for the rest of the season!”