2015: a fantastic ride!

Round 1 – Termas de Río Hondo

Race 1 went perfectly. I didn’t get a great start, but I managed to hold off Yvan. That gave me confidence going into the second race. Seb was really quick out front and I couldn’t get past him. Congratulations to him on a great victory. It’s been a very positive weekend for the team, and for me too, because I leave here at the top of the World Championship standings!

Round 2 – Marrakech

I had to fend Ma off at the start of race 1. He was really close, so I had to attack quite hard to open up a bit of a gap. Often, I feel quite relaxed after winning the first race. This time, though, I was feeling anxious because I didn’t want to lose too many points against Yvan and Seb. I got off to a good start and managed to avoid the accident at the first turn. After that, I gradually made my way up the field and ended up on the podium!

Round 3 – Hungaroring

I think my start to race 1 was the best I’ve ever made in the WTCC! I was really happy with this win, particularly after qualifying, which didn’t go brilliantly. Points-wise, this meeting has allowed me to extend my lead over Seb slightly, so it was all positive.

Round 4 – Nürburgring Nordschleife

All the drivers wanted to win here, and me more than anyone! It’s an incredible feeling to have won on a track like this. In Race 1, Hugo Valente got a bad start, which made my life easier. I was able to pull away on the first lap as I wanted to and Seb wasn’t in a position to get into my slipstream on the long straight. It was a really fantastic weekend. Congratulations to the whole team, who were at their best once again…

Round 5 – Moscow Raceway

Yvan was the quickest driver there. I took a gamble on an aerodynamic setup without much downforce, but I still wasn’t able to put him under pressure. In Race 2, I messed up at the start and my car moved. I braked, the lights went out and I fell back a few places before being handed a drive-through. As I had the perfect season so far, I could leave Russia as the World Championship leader.

Round 6 – Slovakia Ring

I was satisfied with my two podium places. It meant I had only lost a few points off my Championship lead. I knew that it was going to be a tough fight right down to the wire, but it was a real positive to be top of the table at the halfway point of the season, and still with a decent lead.

Round 7 – Paul Ricard

I didn’t think I would be able to win on a circuit where it is so difficult to overtake! I took the wrong option at the start of Race 2, and the gap I wanted to move into closed up. But I reacted well and I didn’t lose any places. After passing Ma Qing Hua, I went after Tiago. He ran into me and I don’t feel any responsibility for him spinning off. Then I went after Norbert Michelisz. He was very sporting and didn’t try and resist for the sake of it.

Round 8 – Vila Real

While it may have looked easy from the outside, stringing together 13 laps on this circuit is a proper challenge. It was a real mystery for the start; we didn’t know how the car would react on this piece of the circuit. In the end, everything went well and I was able to keep my advantage over Seb. I could feel the car suffering on the bumps and curbs. I had to stay focused all the way to the end! I am very happy to have won on such a demanding circuit.

Round 9 – Motegi

I got off to a great start in Race 1 and managed to overtake Michelisz before the first bend. I thought it would be harder to keep him at bay, as our 60 kg of ballast were a real handicap on this circuit. But as it turned out, I was able to pull away and get the win. That meant I could go into the next few races feeling quietly confident.

Round 10 – Shanghai

I was a little worried at the start of Race 1. I couldn’t see Ma Qing Hua in my rear-view mirrors and I thought he was next to me. Actually, he had had a problem at the start and I was able to take the lead. After that, I tried to avoid making any mistakes so I could be sure of scoring some valuable points. In Race 2, the battle with Gabriele Tarquini was great. That’s why I love motorsport! I couldn’t get past him, but it doesn’t matter.

Round 11 – Buriram

Last year, people focused on the fact that mine was the first title for an Argentine driver since Juan Manuel Fangio. But this year, I was thinking first and foremost about my family, who sacrificed a lot for me to be able to come and race in Europe. I started my career at the age of 23. After all these seasons, my passion remains undiminished and retaining this World Championship title was a massive achievement. I would also like to thank the Citroën Racing team, who gave me a chance and have given me carte blanche to compete hard against my prestigious teammates.

Round 12 – Losail

It was a fantastic weekend. The car performed well from the off and we kept working and working to keep getting quicker. The way my Citroën C-Elysée WTCC handled was perfect. All I had to do was keep it on the track. It was perfect to finish with a win, but I was a little sad that the season is over and that I’ll have to wait so long before the next one starts!

 

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Success rates

Wins 42%
Pole positions 58%
Fastest laps 38%
Podiums 79%
Laps led 38%
Top 10 finishes 92%

Points evolution

  • Pechito
  • Muller
  • Loeb