Even with the points earned in Okayama, BMW's Andy Priaulx would have needed nothing short of a miracle to secure his 4th crown in the series, as he was 37 points behind Muller in the overall classification with only 2 races to go. And that is exactly what the Chevy driver pointed out coming to the Macau finale this weekend.
“Of course it is not the same if you win after or during a race, but at the same time the championship is not decided just on that result,” said Muller, according to Autosport.
“I was leader of the championship since the first race. I built my points difference to second place all season and, before coming here, I had a 37-point advantage. That is the biggest gap there ever was in WTCC. So, with that gap, it was an impossible mission for the others although mathematically it was still possible.”
“I didn't ask for this [FIA decision]. That is BMW's problem, not mine. I was ready to fight here, and we fought during 12 meetings anyway.”
Muller therefore became world champion for the second time in career, with a different car manufacturer. His first title in the series came a couple of years back, when he was driving for SEAT. Now, at his very first campaign with Chevrolet, he not only conquered the drivers' crown, but also secured his new manufacturer its first constructors' title in the FIA WTCC history.