Mikko Hirvonen is one of the fastest drivers and one of the most beloved personalities the World Rally Championship has ever seen. He broke the mold of how most westerners saw Finns, as Mikko was unafraid to show his raw emotions and talk in detail about his successes and failures to the media. He also has one heck of a sense of humor that was well displayed in his travel videos he did with co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen in their first season with Citroen. By far Mikko’s greatest successes came from the Ford M-Sport team where he spent most of his career. He was the man that battled Loeb again and again coming out as runner-up to the WRC Championship 4 times. In his 13 years in the WRC he had 162 starts, 15 wins, and earned an impressive 1,192 points. With the poise and grace of a true champion, Mikko released this video saying goodbye to the championship series he called home for so long.
I must admit that I’ve been a huge fan of Mikko and I’m heartbroken that he is leaving before being able to claim the world title that has so many times slipped through is fingers in the past. You can’t really blame a preson for wanting to spend more time with their family, especially with the constant travel demands required in a world championship. Thank you Mikko for all the great years.
Official link to Mikko’s web site about his retirement: http://www.mikkohirvonen.com/mikkothfb/
Do you think Mikko left the WRC too soon? Or was this inevitable with the young talent moving up through the current WRC ranks? Let us know in the comments.