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Solberg casts doubt on future

Petter Solberg says there is 'nothing for next year' in place as he prepares for a winter battling to secure the budget for the 2011 WRC season
Petter Solberg admits that he currently has no plans in place for the 2011 World Rally Championship season after revealing that he was forced to dip into his own pocket to make it to the end of 2010.

The Norwegian has run his own team since the departure of Subaru from the WRC scene but has faced a huge battle to find the financial backing required to keep the team competing. Such has been that battle that Solberg has revealed that he had to pay for the final one and half events of the 2010 season out of his own pocket after a sponsorship deal failed to materialise.

Solberg secured third in the championship standings after finishing as runner-up to Sebastien Loeb on Wales Rally GB but now faces a challenge to put the budget together for 2011 – when he is reportedly hoping to run the new Citroen DS3.

However, as it stands, no deal is in place.

“Honestly there is nothing yet for next year,” he said. “You can talk to as many people as you want but unless anything is happening 100 per cent you can't do anything. I am very motivated: I want to drive and I want to fight still.

“It will come but we just have to see what's happening. If I can't get everything together I just have to find a different sport. There are only two manufacturers in the World Championship of rallying and okay, I think everybody thinks the same as me in that it is a little bit disappointing but what can you do? I can only do my best.”

Despite his struggles to secure funding, Solberg impressed with eight podium finishes in 13 events this season and he admitted he was proud of the way his team had worked during the year.

“Honestly, we can't do better than this,” he said. “The team has worked flat-out all year and if people think it's easy to just get a proper car and go fast then let me say, it's not easy. There is so much work behind the scenes that goes on and everybody is very pleased to get podiums in the World Championship. Second or third, it doesn't matter, as long as you are on the podium that is the main thing.

“Personally speaking, I haven't seen my wife and son that much for two years because I've been flying all the time and in meetings with sponsors and testing, and then each rally. So it's maybe lucky I am still married! Okay, we have the same passion luckily.”



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runnah - Unregistered

November 16, 2010 6:22 PM

If this man does not have a factory drive next year than WRC is dead to me. The fact alone that he has to go out and find his own sponsors and then consistenly beat factory drivers is amazing. Petter is the spirit of rally. No one else has as much drive and passion as he does. I doubt any of the other drivers who lose a seat would do the same. Its a crying shame that he doesn't have a deal by now. Its a testament to how corporate and money driven things have become. He wod be an asset to any team. I mean 8 podiums in an old car with very little support speaks to how good he really is. It shows that subaru was all the car and not him.

slightlysideways

November 16, 2010 5:52 PM

The WRC needs Petter because of all of the commitment he has shown to the sport. There are very few people who would spend their career earnings on staying at the top level after having claimed the ultimate prize several years before. I am surprised that he hasn't been snapped up by mini as he is the quickest there is that's not tied down at the moment. It would be worthwhile for Citroen Norway alone to back him for what he has done for them.



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