Norway’s premier Jens Stoltenberg - a keen supporter of Rally Norway in the past - called 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 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 of a free ride in the WRC in 2013, he still expects to be busy next year, albeit in another motorsport discipline.
“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,” Solberg revealed. “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.”