Oliver Solberg made his WRC debut this 12 months at Arctic Rally Finland, the place he completed seventh in February. Then he made a second look on the Safari Rally in June, which resulted in an early retirement. Son of 2003 World Champion Petter Solberg, the 19-year-old driver is juggling this 12 months between his freelance WRC and a WRC2 program with Hyundai.
The Korean producer has already secured its rear by extending the contracts of Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak for 2022, and should now look into the entry of its third automotive within the World Championship. This 12 months, this automotive has been shared between Dani Sordo and Craig Breen: the previous has but to safe his future within the WRC whereas the latter may be a part of M-Sport. Recognized to be very talkative, Andrea Adamo doesn’t need to say an excessive amount of this time. Requested in regards to the doable departure of Craig Breen, he evacuates the topic: “Ask Malcolm [Wilson, patron de M-Sport]”.
Concerning Oliver Solberg, the Italian confirmed to Motorsport.com that he was below contract for subsequent 12 months however didn’t need to elaborate on the shape that the Swede’s program may take. “He has a contract with Hyundai Motorsport for subsequent 12 months, so we’ll see what he does”, assures the workforce director. “I’ve already decided. I stated I decided, not that I used to be going to share it.”
Final month, forward of Rally Ypres, Oliver Solberg let or not it’s identified that he didn’t but know what his future would maintain, however that he clearly hoped to have his likelihood within the WRC with Hyundai.
“We’re nonetheless solely midway via the 12 months”, he recalled. “It will be good to know quickly and that it calms down with all this, it could be good to do it as quickly as doable. It is nonetheless very early and we nonetheless must plan all the pieces, focus on, that is for positive. an extended approach to go. “
“I do not know, we’ll see and we’ll ask the boss to search out out what he thinks about it. It is a good 12 months with a number of positives, and for positive there’s a lot to study as effectively. at a degree in my profession the place there’s a steep studying curve, however I believe they [Hyundai] see the positives, and it is going effectively, they’re pleased with all the pieces. “