Yvan Muller, a four-time world champion, is undoubtedly one of the best FIA World Touring Cars Championship drivers of all times. He was born in Altkirch, in the Haut-Rhin region in France, on August 16, 1969.
Start of the career in open wheel racing
Muller’s racing career began in 1988 when he competed in the French Formula Renault and French F3. But he first tasted success in 1992 in the British F2 in which he won the title. The next year, he moved to FIA Formula 3000 Championship in which he finished just two of nine races. That was his last season in single-seaters and soon after, he decided to test himself in the touring cars competitions.
Yvan Muller at the start of his career
A switch to touring cars and BTCC champion
He spent two years in the French Supertouring and won the title in 1995. After that, Muller competed in the Italian Superturismo in 1996 and German Supertouring in 1997, but without any significant success.
The next challenge was British Touring Car Championship in which he was competing from 1998 to 2005. He won the championship title in 2003 driving a Vauxhall Astra Coupe and four times he finished the season as a runner-up (2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005). In total, Yvan Muller has won 36 BTCC races and had 79 podium finishes.
Yvan Muller, 2004 British Touring Cars Championship
In the meantime, the French driver not only tested himself in the Australian V8 Supercar endurance races, but also in the European Touring Car Championship in which he was behind the wheel of Alfa Romeo 156 in 2001 and SEAT Toledo in 2003.
Yvan is one of the WTCC racing legends
Since 2006, Yvan Muller has been a regular driver in the World Touring Car Championship. His success was immediate as he finished as a runner-up in his second season driving a SEAT Leon. In 2008, Muller won his first WTCC title, again in the seat of SEAT. Next year, he failed to defend a trophy finishing second in the overall standings and decided to change his team to Chevrolet.
Video - Yvan Muller teaches Sebastien Loeb about WTCC
Two championship titles with Chevrolet
Chevrolet offered more success to the Frenchman; he won two consecutive titles in 2010 and 2011, making 11 race victories. In 2012, he finished third, but in 2013, Muller won another championship, his fourth, with victories in seven races.
Yvan Muller won two WTCC titles driving a Chevrolet
Muller switched to Citroën
When Citroën decided to take part in the WTCC, they invited Muller to join them. The French driver took four victories and finished second in the Drivers’ standings. His experience and achievements helped the team to win 2014 Manufacturers’ championship. He stayed with Citroen in 2015 as one of the team’s top contenders for the title but again had to settle for second, behind his teammate Jose Maria Lopez who managed to defend a crown.
Yvan Muller in Citroen, Marrakech 2015
Muller retired after 2016 WTCC season
Before the start of 2016 season, Citroen reduced its operations in the WTCC but Muller stayed with the team together with Jose Maria Lopez. Unfortunately, it was obvious that the Alsacian passed his peak as the results were below expectations. Despite just one victory he finished second in the points, far behind Lopez who took his third consecutive WTCC title.
The French manufacturer announced a withdrawal from the series in 2017, so Muller also announced a retirement from a professional racing. He joined Volvo's Polestar team as development driver and senior advisor.