"You've not only got the stress of performing well, but of whether you have a job next year. You've got your family, your travel, trying to organise something as a back-up in case things don't happen. It's a lot of juggling."
Those are the words of Andy Priaulx, who last week lifted an enormous burden off his shoulders by finally pressing 'send' on an email to Cyan Racing chief Christian Dahl, with whose Lynk & Co squad he was due to make a second successive attack on the World Touring Car Cup this year. Priaulx is stepping down from full-time racing, but he's not retiring, and it certainly looks as though full-time driving is very much still on his agenda.
So, after 18 consecutive seasons as a manufacturer driver - one with Honda, 13 with BMW, three with Ford and one with Lynk & Co - an era comes to an end.