Yvan Muller retires from WTCC at the end of 2016
Yvan Muller, four-time WTCC champion and most successful drivers in the history of competition, has announced retirement from the series at the end of 2016 campaign.
The 47-years-old Frenchman, decided to leave the series after 11 years. He was the WTCC champion in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013 and also has 2003 BTCC title on his account.
Muller stands as the most successful driver in the history of WTCC, not only because of his title. He also holds record of most wins (48), most podiums (125), most pole positions (29) and fastest laps (38), so he rightfully can be considered as the legend of the World Touring Cars Championship.
“The level of passion is not at the highest level. I started to lose desire and motivation. I am no longer prepared to put required level of commitment to meet all demands expected of professional racing driver. At the same time, I am at a stage of my life where I want to do something else and I am happy to be able to make that decision after 11 seasons,” commented Muller and added:
“I am going to spend more time with my family and developing my team, Yvan Muller Racing.”
Muller spent last three year with Citroen and twice finished as a runner-up, behind his teammate Jose Maria Lopez, who also leaves WTCC at the end of the year. He is on the way to finish as the series vice-champion for the third time in 2016.