Ex-Formula One driver Allan McNish hangs up his helmet after announcing his retirement from racing

McNish secured the World Endurance Championship with co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval and has decided that the time is right to call time on his illustrious career

Ex-Formula One driver and current World Endurance champions Allan McNish has announced his retirement from racing after capping his title-winning year with a third-place finish in Shanghai.

McNish, who has driven for Audi since 2000, and drove for Toyota’s F1 team in the 2002 season before becoming a test driver for Renault the following year. Having returned to sportscar racing after his spell in single-seaters, McNish made his name as one of the most successful endurance drivers around.

Having secured the title with co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval, as well as the 2013 Le Mans 24 hours crown, McNish has decided to bow out while he is still on top of the sport.

Speaking to Autosport, McNish said: “You have to get out at some point and everything lined up to make this an extremely good time to do it. Everything has fallen into place.

“I have won pretty much everything I wanted to and I ticked the last box with the world championship.

“It is good to do it now with the change over to the new car and new rules, which would have required a big commitment.”

McNish will be 44 later this month and he explained that he was developing other interests away from the steering wheel.

“There are other opportunities that have come up,” McNish explained.

“I definitely want to do some other things in life, like management and TV stuff, and there are other little personal reasons as well.”

McNish is managing Formula 3 driver Harry Tincknell, who is likely to make a switch into sportscar racing next season, and he also commentates for BBC Radio 5 Live as part of their F1 coverage.

He retires with three Le Mans winners trophy’s’, three American Le Mans Series titles and numerous other race victories, but he revealed that he made up his mind to retire earlier in the season.

“Audi has to prepare for the next few years and I didn't want to be ducking in and out of it,” McNish said.

“As a racing driver you never say never, but I am hanging up my helmet as far as anything serious goes.

“Perhaps I could do the Daytona 24 Hours in the future, like Martin [Brundle] did a few years ago [in 2011], but I will not be committing to a full championship again.”

Allan McNish’s career highlights:

1988 Formula Vauxhall Lotus champion

1990 Silverstone International Trophy winner (F3000)

1998 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

2000 Petit Le Mans winner, American Le Mans Series champion

2004 Sebring 12 Hours winner

2006 Sebring 12 Hours winner, Petit Le Mans winner, American Le Mans Series champion

2007 Petit Le Mans winner, American Le Mans series champion

2008 Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Petit Le Mans winner

2009 Sebring 12 Hours winner

2012 Sebring 12 Hours winner

2013 Le Mans 24 Hours winner, World Endurance Champion

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Suited and booted in the Lanvin show at the Paris menswear collections
fashionParis Fashion Week
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Kara Tointon and Jeremy Piven star in Mr Selfridge
tvActress Kara Tointon on what to expect from Series 3
Voices
Winston Churchill, then prime minister, outside No 10 in June 1943
voicesA C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
News
i100
News
An asteroid is set to pass so close to Earth it will be visible with binoculars
news
News
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project