8 Yvan Muller
The legendary four-time World Touring Car Champion retired at the end of 2016 – then thankfully changed his mind. Now 49, the Frenchman has proven conclusively that there is plenty of life in the old chien yet.
Muller finished just three points behind fellow veteran, friend and inaugural World Touring Car Cup champion Gabriele Tarquini – himself a pension-defying 56 – in the super-competitive series for TCR tin-tops.
Now for 2019, having run his own team of Hyundais, Muller has joined new manufacturer Lynk and Co for its first motor sport campaign. The company, which is part of the Geely empire that also owns Volvo and Lotus, appears full of ambition to make a splash on the world stage, and in Muller it has the perfect blend of experience and speed.
If he can win a fifth world title, at the age of 50 and with a new car manufacturer, it will surely be his greatest accomplishment.