Yvan Muller finished his race at the World Touring Car Championship in Qatar, securing second place in the drivers' championship behind his Citroen teammate, Jose Maria Lopez, and said that he has no regrets over his decision to retire from the races.
The four-time WTCC driver champion who is also a ten-time Trophee Andros Ice Racing champion ends his WTCC race with an unbeaten record, winning his last title in a Chevrolet Cruze not supported by the factory in 2013 before being recruited by Citroën.
Although the stories of the day were fights on the track, with friend and rival Gabriele Tarquini scoring a popular victory in what could be the Italian's last race at the WTCC, the focus was moved to Muller when the race was over.
Yvan Muller finished sixth in his last race after being sanctioned by Tiago Monteiro's Honda who was chasing the third place in the drivers' championship but had done enough in the first race to secure a 1-2 for Citroën Racing In his senior year at the WTCC.
"Many things are on my mind now, especially the words of Joseph and the great applause of the crowd and all the comments of the people," said Muller. "It's time for me to stop." Of course, it's a very emotional moment, but it all has to end and I'm very happy that I'm going through all these guys with whom I have so much respect.And we had some fights and problems, But in the end, we were all friends with a lot of respect. That's also part of the sport that I like. "
The 47-year-old has remained shy about his plans for the future of the WTCC. Muller runs his own Yvan Muller Racing team, whose main program is at LMP3 in the European Le Mans Series, but would not rely on his own personal plans for 2017.