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Podium for Muller at Sonoma, but no title…yet
11 September 2013
Champion elect Yvan Muller had something of a challenging day by his standards at the FIA WTCC Race of America, the slippery and tough Sonoma Raceway not suiting his car set-up.
Despite taking a very credible third in race one, and following that up with a fourth in race two, the French driver seemed to be a little disappointed, but now only requires two points from Japan to become world champion for a record fourth time.
The Citroen 2014 driver admitted that the car set-up was his mistake, but talking about the inevitable title, he has said in the past that his approach to the season has been 'win when you can but, don't risk losing valuable points' and he will continue to 'race as normal' until the big trophy is in his possession.
"Today I was not fast enough," said the RML Chevrolet driver. "I was expecting warmer temperatures and I had a set-up that was for hotter temperature. I did that wrong and it was my mistake, but I wasn't fast enough to follow Tom Chilton and Tiago Monteiro.
"Anyway, from the beginning of the weekend I have been one step down from what Chilton has done, so that weekend was just continuing. It's very difficult not to talk about the championship, because fifty people have talked to me about it already!
"When it happens, someone will tell me and I can celebrate, but at the moment nobody has told me it is done, and so I will race as normal."
Whilst this weekend presented the first real opportunity to take the title, the next round at Suzuka in Japan presents a small challenge for the former Vauxhall BTCC driver.
Keep it on the tarmac and a trouble free points finish ahead of Gabriele Tarquini – the only man who can stop Muller from taking the trophy – will be enough to secure a fourth FIA WTCC title.
by Dexter Fielding
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