Mikko Hirvonen confirmed its withdrawal from the WRC after 13 seasons in the top flight rallying. After speculation about his future for the season 2015, the Finnish 34 years confirmed that he will retire after thirteen seasons in the top flight rallying.
"Over the many years of my career, I focused a lot on myself. The rallies have taken much of my life and the rhythm of the calendar has been unrelenting ".
"I've enjoyed absolutely every minute of WRC and although I still like to drive, I also like to focus more on other important things that are part of my life, as my children and my family ", dijo Hirvonen, has achieved 15 wins and 68 podiums 162 shares.
It debuted at the WRC 2002 and has spent most of his career running for Ford, plus a year in Subaru 2004 and two seasons in Citroën 2012 and 2013. This year has returned to Ford as the main driver of M-Sport World Rally Team.
"I have so many amazing memories of the past thirteen seasons. I have traveled all over the world, I've met some great people and I liked every rally and every fight I've had with some exceptional riders. I've won and I've lost, but I'll look back on these moments when I end my career with a big smile on my face ", he added.
Hirvonen has reserved a special thank you for your co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen, he has co-driven in all but two rallies.
"It has been a privilege to work with Jarmo and none of this would have been possible without him. We first met at the airport in Helsinki 2001, before the volar Italia, where we were running for our first rally together ".
"It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Thirteen years full of laughter, Adventures, triumphs, defeats and passions, that's all we've experienced together ".
Hirvonen had the misfortune of his best pilot coincided with the time of the nine-time World Champion, Sébastien Loeb, both enjoying a great rivalry.
"It was the best fights and that I liked, and win or lose. Seb was a rival teammates and for which I had, and still have, much respect and I think the feeling is mutual ", has been added.
In the penalty dismiss Mikko, but we wish him the best of luck in his new career!
Enjoy his emotional farewell video:
Adrián Osés, Locos Engine.