Talking about his new Subaru contract
Petter Solberg has decided to renew his Subaru contract until 2009, despite his disappointing results in the first half of the 2006 season. The Norwegian driver explains his decision to stay with the team that helped him secure the World
Championship title victory in 2003.
Why have you chosen to stay at Subaru?
At Subaru I have a very good team of people behind me, that's everybody including the mechanics, engineers, management and those at Subaru in Japan. Okay, I had some problems in my career when I started at Subaru but the team supported me very much and since then we have always stood together, through good and bad things. But the most important thing about this career is winning. Now I know it's difficult at Subaru just now, and there was talk that I might change teams, but I know that Subaru has all the abilities and all the qualities and the best people to handle this situation. I am very, very confident that we will start winning again soon. I would not have signed if I felt the team wasn't ready to win very soon.
What about the current car, what sort of potential has it got?
It has much more to give. Already it's working much better and I have tested a lot of things that have shown improved speed but still there are some things missing.
The engineers have found out some of the reasons, we have a good direction now and we will work together so that I am 100 per cent happy with it. Hopefully we can unlock more of its potential very soon.
How soon before we can see you winning rallies again?
It all depends on how quickly we can get the car truly competitive. As soon as that is done we will start winning again.
What do you think you can achieve between now and 2009?
I want to say some big words, I really want to say I'm going to win all the Championships but that would be stupid. What I can say is I have a lot of confidence in my ability as a driver. A lot depends on how quickly we can improve the performance of the car in general but I don't think it'll be too long. Once we're able to start pushing again then I think there will be some very, very good times ahead.
Press release SWRT