Subaru team leader, Petter Solberg has insisted that he is remaining positive, despite the fact that Sebastien Loeb looks increasingly assured of winning the drivers' title for the second year running.

Speaking in the count-down to this weekend's event, 'Hollywood' added that he will do his best this weekend, and then take it from there. Solberg lies third in the drivers' championship, having slipped down from second following Marcus Gronholm's win in Finland.

"At this stage in the season things are tough, and there's a lot of pressure on us but I'm remaining positive," he confirmed. "My aim for the rally is to get on the podium, but of course I'll push for better if that looks possible. We'll have to wait and see how the whole package works on Friday."

Solberg also added the team have made a number of improvements to the Impreza following the last event and the Norwegian was busy testing on Friday and Saturday to fine-tune the set-up.

"The team has worked very hard on the tarmac specification car; there are lots of little improvements all around, and I'm looking forward to getting out on the roads this week," he continued. "Pirelli too have worked hard and have come up with some additional tyre options for us."

Solberg's Rallye Deutschland was far from perfect last season however, and he had a nasty accident on day two, when he crashed into one of the concrete blocks that line the Baumholder military ranges. That has certainly left its mark...

"Last year's German rally was a very frightening one for Phil [Mills - my co-driver] and I, and I hope that the changes that have been made to the stages will improve things for all the competitors this time," he concluded.



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