Four-time FIA WTCC title-winner Yvan Muller has joined Polestar Cyan Racing as the team’s development driver and senior advisor for its 2017 campaign.
The Frenchman retired from full-time racing in the category at the end of 2016 after three years with Citroën and a record-breaking eleven years in the series. He was quickly back behind the wheel, however, secretly testing in one of Polestar’s S60 TC1 Volvos earlier this year.
That prompted intense media speculation that the 47-year-old would reverse his decision to retire, which led to Muller issuing a denial – of sorts – that this was the case.
“To start a cooperation with Cyan Racing is something that I am very pleased with,” Muller said of his new role. “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.”
Muller will drive for the team at next weeks’ official pre-season test at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, standing in for the team’s new signing Nicky Catsburg while the Dutchman contests the season-opening IMSA championship round at Sebring.
“I am really glad and proud to have recruited Yvan to Cyan Racing,” added Cyan Racing CEO Christian Dahl.
“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.”
Images via FIA WTCC Media and Polestar Cyan Racing