Why would you change a winning combination?
Certainly that’s the ethos of the works RML Chevrolet team, which has announced that it will retain the services of its three drivers – Yvan Muller, Rob Huff and Alain Menu – for next year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship season.
Having won all but two of the eighteen races this year, the trio has swept to the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ championship titles with three rounds of the championship still to go.
Huff and Menu have been with the RML team since the WTCC was re-formed in 2005, while Muller joined the squad in 2010 after winning the 2009 Drivers’ Championship with SEAT – he successfully defended his crown in his first season with his new team.
“I am happy we can announce our 2012 driver line up ahead of the last, decisive rounds of this season,” Chevrolet Motorsport Europe boss Eric Néve said of the announcement.
“It makes perfect sense for us to keep them onboard. Rob, Alain and Yvan are not only three top class drivers, committed and professional, they are also excellent ambassadors of our brand.”
With Huff having romped off into an early championship lead, his points’ margin has been steadily eroded and overturned by Muller, who now leads the title race by 16 points, with a maximum of 150 available.
There had been some suggestions that the relationship between Muller and Huff was becoming steadily frostier, particularly in light of recent close calls between the pair at Porto and Brands Hatch, where they made contact with each other.
However, Néve remains adamant that all three drivers have an equal shot at claiming honours in the championship.
“We will try and manage this in the fairest way possible by providing them the best cars and conditions to defend their chances.
“There won’t be any team orders as such,” he added.
“They will race each other hard but it will have to remain fair and not endanger the interests of the team and the brand. I am sure we are going to see some exciting racing!”
[Images via FIA WTCC Media]