Yvan Muller says he has already 'realistically' consigned defeat to Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez in the fight for the World Touring Car Championship title after slipping 60 points adrift in the standings.

A four-time WTCC champion, Muller was considered the hot favourite for another title in 2014 driving the Citroen C-Elysee, where the dominance of the machine meant his only realistic opposition came from his two rookie team-mates Lopez and Sebastien Loeb.

However, Lopez has emerged as a revelation in 2014, taking the fight to Muller and being involved in fewer fracas, the Argentine furthering his advantage last time out at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit with two dominant wins.

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It means Muller faces a 60 point deficit to Lopez with four rounds of the season remaining and though he admits it is certainly still mathematically possible to overhaul his counterpart, he is already playing down the chances.

"Mathematically, it's all still possible, but I have to be realistic: the gap is impossible to make up, unless Pechito gets into real trouble and ends up having some pointless races. If I've still got a mathematical chance going into Macao, then I'll begin to believe it's possible, because anything could happen in that last race. Deep down, I think it's Jos? Mar?a's year - he's had lots of success."

After a break of two months, the 2014 WTCC series resumes with four far eastern rounds to conclude the season, beginning at the Goldenport circuit in Beijing, China.