Solberg in talks with manufacturers for team return to WRC

World Rally Championship winner Petter Solberg says he is in discussions with two car manufacturers to return to the WRC with his own team

Solberg in talks with manufacturers for team return to WRC

The 2003 world champion with Subaru, Solberg won 13 WRC events in a decorated career that included a three-year stint as an independent following Subaru's withdrawal in 2008.

He officially retired from driving after winning the WRC2 class on Rally GB in a Volkswagen Polo R5 last year.

The Norwegian also took back-to-back World Rallycross Championship titles in 2014 and '15 with his own PSRX-run Citroen DS3 after switching codes, but ceased to compete in the series full-time after the 2018 season when VW withdrew its funding.

Solberg says he is now in talks with multiple car manufacturers to return to WRC in the role of team manager.

"Yes, I want a team," Solberg told Eurosport. "I will do it my way. No politics. It's about winning - and having one focus. Not too many balls that maybe many other teams are working on.

"I work with two car factories and we have been working for a long time already."

Solberg said that he was originally planning to enter his team in WRC in 2022 to coincide with the arrival of new regulations, but he admitted that timeline could be relaxed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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"The plan was 2022," he said. "I know the time frame for how much time we need to build a team, car and stuff like that. I have people clear in the background.

"All I have to do is press a button and the ball is running. The advanced job in the background is clear with the right people in all areas.

"It's on hold now. That is something we must respect. Whether that happens in 2022, 2023 or 2024, I don't stress. I have a dream. It's so clear to have a factory team and win."

Solberg's 18-year-old son Oliver has been rising up the motorsport ladder in recent years, and is in the middle of a part campaign in WRC3 that includes factory appearances with Skoda.

However, Solberg ruled out suggestions that Oliver would automatically get a seat in the team.

"Oliver has to arrange himself," said Solberg.

"He's in control. To put it bluntly: If I have a team in the future and things are going well, it's up to him to prove he's good enough to join my team.

"I'm a little old-fashioned there, you have to do the job.

"I don't do this for Oliver, I do that for my part.

"Oliver has his share of work. I'm not like giving any benefits if something were to happen in the future.

"You must perform, have stability and full focus, that's the way it is. If you're not good enough, it's straight out."

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