Esteban Guerrieri says he was ‘glad to have had the opportunity’ to fight for the FIA World Touring Car Cup title, even though the Münnich Motorsport driver lost out to Norbert Michelisz in Sepang.
Guerrieri came close to taking the title in Malaysia, winning the second race in the rain to close the points deficit to just ten points before the final race.
The Honda driver was then leading the final race, having got the jump on Michelisz at the start, when he was hit onto the grass by Mikel Azcona after five laps.
That incident put paid to the Argentine’s title hopes, as his car began to overheat thereafter and he had to pit for the removal of grass, dropping him out of contention.
Despite losing the title, Guerrieri was pleased with how his season had been overall, as he finished as the runner-up to Michelisz and was in contention until the very end.
“First of all, congratulations to this guy [Michelisz] here, I know him very well, he’s a very nice guy and as fast a driver as a good person he is,” said Guerrieri.
“I’m really happy for him. It was a nice fight and I’ve really enjoyed all the year, to be honest.
“Today… was just life, I am glad to be sitting here to be able to fight for a world championship, so I am just thankful to life for this. Then all the rest of if just situations.
“Azcona hit me in the back and threw me on the grass and I had a radiator full of grass, so I had to pit to take it out.
“I gave it everything, just enjoyed so much driving this weekend under these conditions. Until the last lap of race three I just enjoyed it so much.
“I’m glad to have had this opportunity tonight. Of course, I am a bit sad not to have won the championship, but there is always revenge…”