Subaru team leader, Petter Solberg could be on the verge of quitting the Banbury-based team at the end of this season following their failure to provide him with a competitive package to challenges the likes of Kronos Citroen's Sebastien Loeb and BP Ford's Marcus Gronholm.

'Hollywood', who had another disappointing event on the Rally d'Italia Sardgena last weekend, eventually coming home ninth overall, after a series' of punctures at the end of day one and a problem with the steering on in the final stage on Sunday, told Norwegian broadcaster,, that he doesn't want to waste another season.

"I can't throw away any more seasons now," he noted. "I have no more words.

"To be absolutely honest I have no idea what else to add. Everyone would think like this in an equivalent situation. I need to have a few answers now. I cannot fool away another year."

Since Solberg won the title in 2003, neither he nor the team have obtained the sort of results they want. Furthermore while he managed to win five events in 2004 and finished second in the drivers' championship, last season was not as positive. Indeed while he took second place again in the drivers', despite scoring the same amount of points as Marcus Gronholm, as he won three events compared to the Finn's two, Loeb's dominance left him clearly frustrated.

The start to the 2006 season hasn't helped much either and to date he has scored just 18 points, while Loeb and Gronholm have managed 66 and 35 respectively. Consequently he languishes in fifth place in the drivers' championship, although the Impreza's form on gravel, as shown by his two second places finishes in Mexico and Argentina, does bode well now that all but one of the season's four asphalt events are out of the way.

One of the bigger concerns for Solberg and Subaru though concerns Pirelli and their commitment to the sport, in light of rumours they may leave the WRC at the end of this season. Subaru are the only manufacturer team running on Pirelli tyres this season, the rest, including Kronos Citroen and BP Ford, use those provided by BF Goodrich.


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