Simulator discomfort hurt Yvan Muller during 2014 WTCC season

Four-time World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller says his discomfort with Citroen's simulator played a part in his defeat by team-mate Jose Maria Lopez this year

Simulator discomfort hurt Yvan Muller during 2014 WTCC season

Muller finished the 2014 WTCC season 126 points behind Lopez - who was in his first full campaign in the series - and having won only four races compared to his team-mate's 10.

The WTCC switched from Super 2000 to the new TC1 regulations this season.

Muller said that negated his experience advantage and he was further hampered by 'Pechito' Lopez and third Citroen driver Sebastien Loeb being able to better use the simulator to adapt to the car.

"My previous experience didn't help so much this year with the new car and because of the Citroen simulator which Seb and Jose have developed," Muller told AUTOSPORT.

"It was Pechito's first time at Macau but if you include the laps in the simulator he has done more laps than I have.

"For me [the simulator] is not realistic, but for them it is."

Muller believes changes to both the C-Elysee and his own approach will help him in 2015.

"This year I struggled a bit in the car, and I know I need to work on myself during the winter," he said.

"We have some evolutions to the car for next year, and there is something that I can't talk about too much but relating to the front axle that should help me."

shares
comments
Rob Huff says Lada WTCC challenger now 'genuinely fast'
Previous article

Rob Huff says Lada WTCC challenger now 'genuinely fast'

Next article

Jose Maria Lopez stunned by 2014 World Touring Car success

Jose Maria Lopez stunned by 2014 World Touring Car success
Load comments
Why joker laps are entering the mainstream Plus

Why joker laps are entering the mainstream

This season the World Touring Car Championship looks certain to bring joker laps to a circuit-racing world championship for the first time. And it need not be the daft gimmick people may think

WTCC
Apr 6, 2017
The making of the world's best tin-top driver Plus

The making of the world's best tin-top driver

He has been overshadowed at Citroen for the last three seasons, but the retirement of Yvan Muller means the world says farewell to one of touring-car racing's finest talents

WTCC
Sep 26, 2016
Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC Plus

Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC

Volvo gave the World Touring Car Championship a major boost when it announced it would enter the series, but its ambitions don't stop there. JACK COZENS examines its programme, the S60 and what its arrival means for the WTCC

WTCC
Jan 18, 2016
The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off Plus

The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

A 17-car field on a 13-mile track - the WTCC's Nurburgring Nordschleife gamble wasn't going to be easy to pull off. STUART CODLING explains how the series made it work

WTCC
May 20, 2015
Insight from a Nordschleife master Plus

Insight from a Nordschleife master

World championship racing returns to the Nordschleife this weekend. STUART CODLING got a lesson from one of the legendary track's few masters

WTCC
May 15, 2015
Becoming world champion for £100k Plus

Becoming world champion for £100k

The 2012 World Touring Car champion says he never had the money to race cars. Yet 2015 is his 11th season in the WTCC. He talks STUART CODLING through his journey from motorsport fan to paid professional - for little more than £100,000

WTCC
Mar 23, 2015
Can the vanquished champion bounce back? Plus

Can the vanquished champion bounce back?

The World Touring Car Championship kicks off in Argentina this weekend, and Yvan Muller bids to reclaim his throne from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. He talks to STUART CODLING

WTCC
Mar 6, 2015
The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014 Plus

The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014

Citroen had no rivals during the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, and 'rookie' Jose Maria Lopez hit the ground running to emerge as a worthy champion. PETER MILLS rates the field

WTCC
Dec 3, 2014