Petter Solberg has thanked all his fans for their messages of support following the news this week he will sit out the 2013 WRC season.

Speaking on Facebook, the former Subaru and Ford works driver admitted it wasn't an 'easy decision', but that in the end he had no real choice as there was not a 'proper seat' available.

Despite that though, he has insisted he is definitely not retiring and he has reiterated that he has some 'exciting plans' for 2013.

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"Hello everyone. First off, I want to say thank you. You can't imagine the feeling I get seeing and reading all of your messages and support, both here and via multiple outlets around the web. Honestly I'm always so amazed by it. Especially now, it feels great," wrote the 2003 World Rally Champion.

"The decision to withdraw from the WRC for 2013 after all of these years was not an easy one. The reality is that no matter how much we were hoping that there was a proper seat for us, it was made very apparent that there was not. At this point in my career, I had to make the call. I had to step away for now, and make a change.

"The main thing that I want you all to realise is that my statements and actions should by no means be viewed as me retiring.

"This is my life, and I'm definitely ready and prepared for more time behind a wheel, and more success.

"With all of this being said, I also wanted to confirm that we are working on some very exciting plans for 2013, and I look forward to sharing that with you as soon as we're able.

"It's going to be a fun and competitive time for all of us. I promise you that. Thank you again."