Young talent Nico Müller convinced in tests with Audi RS 5 DTM.
Ingolstadt, January 16, 2014 A new face in Audis driver line-up for the 2014 DTM season: Nico Müller will be making his debut in the most popular international touring car series under the symbol of the four rings. The 21-year-old Swiss is taking the place of Filipe Albuquerque, who is switching to Audis LMP and GT program.
Nico Müller proved his eligibility for the vacant Audi RS 5 DTM cockpit by delivering strong performances in track tests. Weve been watching Nicos career for some time now. He completed a few hundred test kilometers in our DTM cars and left an outstanding impression. Im confident that it wont take him long to fill the gap that has been created by Filipe Albuquerque switching to our LMP and GT program, says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport, looks forward to working with the young talent as well: Nico is a good fit for Audi, both in terms of his speed and his personality, and will no doubt be a valuable addition to the DTM on the whole. I think very highly of him and expect that hell be able to cause a surprise now and then in his rookie season.
For Nico Müller, the appointment as an Audi factory driver in the 2014 DTM season means the fulfillment of a long-held dream: I watched the series even as a child. And ever since I tested a DTM Audi for the first time, if not before, Ive been dreaming about an opportunity to contest a race in such a car, says the Swiss. The DTM ranks among the most professional and popular racing series worldwide and is on practically every drivers wish list. Thats why its a great honor for me that Audi is placing the trust in me to compete in an RS 5 DTM.
Müller is used to handling powerful race cars. In the 2013 season, his sixth year of open-wheel racing in total, he contested the World Series by Renault in a 530-hp formula car and finished in fifth place of the standings after scoring two race victories which included winning the seasons pinnacle event in Monaco. Its not so much the engines power output that Im not familiar with as driving with a roof over my helmet, but thatll soon become second nature to me, says the touring car rookie with confidence. His personal aims for his debut season are marked by guarded optimism: The competitiveness in the DTM drivers field is unique, so itll be difficult to score points. My goal is to learn quickly and steadily, and to occasionally manage the leap into the top ten in the second half of the season.