Shortly after Petter Solberg announced his no-season-WRC-2013-for-me, that he got a phone call from his country's prime minister.
Norway’s premier Jens Stoltenberg has been a keen supporter of Rally Norway in the past - so the minister decided to call Solberg after learning that the 2003 world champion wouldn’t be competing in the WRC next year.
Speaking to Motorsport News, Solberg, who enjoys a huge profile in his homeland and equally throughout the world, said: “When the news came out that I wasn’t competing next year, the whole of Norway was on its roof! The Prime Minister called me and we talked for 10 minutes.”
Although Solberg received no firm offers from him either for a ride in the WRC in 2013, but plans to be busy next year, maybe in another motorsport discipline.
He says, “Except for rallying and Formula One I think I’ve had offers from every other sort of motorsport where I won’t have to put money in and I will have the chance top fight for the win. Fighting at the front is really important for me in whatever I do next year. I need to think about things, I won’t make any decisions yet.”
So, hope is still there!?