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Petter Solberg willing to drive for free to stay in WRC

Petter SolbergFormer World Rally champion Petter Solberg is ready to drive for free to retain his WRC place next season.

The Norwegian revealed to AUTOSPORT that he does not want to end his career in the WRC and will do all he can to remain in the sport in 2013.

Solberg has driven for the works Ford team this season, but could struggle to retain his place in the squad due to his decision not to pay for the seat.

"I don't want to end my time in the championship like this," said Solberg.

"This has been a tough season, but I know what I'm capable of and I know what this car is capable of next season. I really want to stay and I know I still have a lot to offer the team and the sport."

Ford's decision to withdraw its backing for the team has left Malcolm Wilson's squad looking for more funding next year and the Cumbrian has emphasised his need to run drivers who come with financial support in 2013.

"I completely understand Malcolm's position," said Solberg. "But at the same time I have paid to drive for the last four years and I'm not in the same position as some of the young guys who want to pay and invest to drive to start their careers.

"Malcolm is the best at what he does, this team is the best and I want to stay part of it next year - which is why I am absolutely prepared to drive for free."

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