Calm approach from Solberg

Petter Solberg is aiming for his now-customary steady first day on this weekend's Rally Great Britain, regardless of the weather. The Norwegian will have to score at least two points and also finish ahead of both Citroens if he is to win the 2003 drivers' title.

Calm approach from Solberg

"I will be quite calm on the first day," said Solberg, who is currently one point behind the Citroen duo of Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb. "You have to be as calm as possible and do your job like you normally do."

But with Subaru not in contention for the manufacturers' title, Solberg has arguably got nothing to lose on this rally. He knows exactly what he must do. Whoever wins the rally will be champion, but otherwise Petter will need to beat Loeb by two points to take the crown. Even if Loeb doesn't finish.

If Loeb and Solberg end up tied, the Frenchman would win thanks to his two second places to Solberg's one this year. Both have three victories. Sainz would be out of the running in a tie situation because he has only scored one win so far this season.

"I am not going in like a nervous wreck, but of course you are a little bit nervous. If you aren't you are stupid.

"I don't care about the weather at all, come rain or snow or whatever. We just have to go for it and if we don't win this year then we'll just have to try to win it next year. We will do our best.

"I think both Loeb and Sainz are as strong as each other," added Solberg. "Sebastien has been very, very good on the gravel rallies. It is incredible what he has done. He has shown his speed and he could be in the top three on this rally no problem. And Carlos will be around."

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