Can the vanquished champion bounce back?

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

You could forgive Yvan Muller for being, at the very least, mildly irked. After all, nobody likes to be beaten by a newcomer - and certainly not by one with equal equipment. Not least when your own palmares includes four world championships with two different manufacturers, usually claimed from a position of almost total on-track dominance.

But that's the scenario Muller found himself in last year when Jose Maria Lopez, also driving one of Citroen's new C-Elysees, usurped the number one spot while Muller's relatively modest total of four race wins left him a distant second in the title standings.

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