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?
Arts and Entertainment
Tony Hughes (James Nesbitt) after his son Olly disappeared on a family holiday in France
tv
Arts and Entertainment
The Apprentice candidates Roisin Hogan, Solomon Akhtar, Mark Wright, Bianca Miller, Daniel Lassman
tvReview: But which contestants got the boot?
Arts and Entertainment
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels ride again in Dumb and Dumber To
filmReview: Dumb And Dumber To was a really stupid idea
News
people

Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt

Sport
Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe (left) is congratulated by winning penalty taker Miguel Llera (right)
football
Life and Style
A woman walks by a pandal art installation entitled 'Mars Mission' with the figure of an astronaut during the Durga Puja festival in Calcutta, India
techHow we’ll investigate the existence of, and maybe move in with, our alien neighbours
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Ian McKellen tempts the Cookie Monster
tvSir Ian McKellen joins the Cookie Monster for a lesson on temptation
News
i100
Travel
Tourists bask in the sun beneath the skyscrapers of Dubai
travelBritish embassy uses social media campaign to issue travel advice for festive holiday-makers in UAE
Arts and Entertainment
Jennifer Saunders stars as Miss Windsor, Dennis's hysterical French teacher
filmJennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress
Life and Style
tech
Sport
Nabil Bentaleb (centre) celebrates putting Tottenham ahead
footballTottenham 4 Newcastle 0: Spurs fans dreaming of Wembley final after dominant win
Life and Style
Sebastian Siemiatkowski is the 33-year-old co-founder and CEO of Klarna, which provides a simple way for people to buy things online
tech
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

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum