Solberg has Rally2 option in the back of his mind as M-Sport talks going very slow

Oliver Solberg admits that M-Sport Ford is still an option for him next year despite the fact that their talks are going very slow, but he has an alternative plan for 2023 and confirms the rumors about Monster Energy.

Hyundai Motorsport announced two months ago that Oliver Solberg will not continue with them for 2023 and would not participate in the last three rounds of this year's championship, therefore he is now examining his options ahead of the new season. Toyota has already finalised its driver line-up for 2023, therefore M-Sport Ford is the only option for him despite the fact that Gus Greensmith and Pierre-Louis Loubet are linked to continue with the team. Moreover, it is unknown what Ott Tanak will do next year as he is thinking of taking a year off or competing at the top level. Last but not least, it is rumored that Petter Solberg and Ken Block want to create their own team in WRC and will have the support from Monster Energy which will help them to rent two Puma Rally1 cars for Tanak and Oliver.

"It is going slow," Solberg said about his Rally1 hopes for next year. 

"M-Sport looks like an option, it is still quite open but it is difficult to say at the moment.

"The progress is slow so right now we are working on different plans in an R5 car, either doing it privately with the Volkswagen Polo or with a team in a different car, so we will see."

Finally, he answered when he was asked about the rumours of a link-up with Tanak: "We have been working on that maybe not together with Ott, but we have been working on doing something with M-Sport and Monster together.

"We will see. 

"It looks a bit difficult, but everything is still open".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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