After hanging up his race boots at the end of 2016, but the four-time champion has landed a new role. Rumours started when Muller was spotted testing for the manufacture team last month. It was expected that the Frenchman would form part of their 2017 race team, however that is not the case. At the time Muller said ” I announced at the end of last year that I had decided to stop my full-time driver career, which was a deliberate choice. That decision is still valid.”
Muller’s signing is another step for the Swedish marque, as they attempt to capture the title in 2017. Muller has helped develop a pair of championship winning world touring cars. Taking Chevrolet and Seat to the title, along with helping Citroen to the last three titles. “There is no other touring car driver as experienced as him in the world and he is a vital asset to the team. We can already see the progress made, even though our cooperation is still quite new. The plan for the moment is that he is not going to race for us, but rather focus on testing and development.” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Cyan Racing.
“To start a cooperation with Cyan Racing is something that I am very pleased with. They developed strongly last year for their first season and we have made interesting progress during the winter testing. I look forward to continuing to work with them and developing the car, as well as the team,” said Muller. With the track record that the Frenchman has, we can well believe that the Volvo can be a championship winning car.
While Muller is focused on development, he will be in action next week in Monza for the season launch. This is due to Catsburg competing in the Sebring 12 hours in the GTD class. It is presumed that Muller will also fill a reserve driver role, should one of Volvo’s three drivers have to miss a round. This could be the case, due to Catsburg dovetailing his WTCC program with a GT Program.
Words: @WA10Tom/Cyan Racing