Swiss driver Nico Müller will leave the Audi Sport family at the end of the DTM season next October. If his future is not yet known, rumors sent him to Peugeot Sport in the FIA WEC from 2023.
The DTM final at Hockenheim on October 8 and 9 will be Nico Müller’s last race so far under the sign of the four rings. Audi Sport and the Swiss racing driver have jointly decided to terminate their contract early at the end of the 2022 season.
Müller will leave the Audi Sport family
“Like René Rast, Nico Müller was originally planned as a driver for our LMDh project,” says Rolf Michl, Head of Audi Motorsport. « Nico has prepared extensively for prototype racing with races in the LMP2 class. In addition to Formula E, Nico sees his future at Le Mans and in prototype racing. We cannot offer him that at the moment. , so it is with a heavy heart that we have jointly decided to let him go and give him the opportunity to fulfill his dream. »
This decision was very difficult to make. Audi gave me the chance to enter professional motorsport. I owe the company a lot and am a big fan of the brand and its cars. Also, the cooperation with Audi in Switzerland has always been great and very special for me.
I still have goals in motorsport that unfortunately cannot be achieved with Audi. Entering Formula 1, there are now other priorities at Audi. That’s why I’m very grateful to Rolf Michl for giving me the opportunity to make this journey so far.
Nico Müller joined Audi’s DTM driver team in 2014 at the age of 22 as part of a junior team programme. In 2016 he celebrated the first of a total of eleven victories in the popular touring car racing series at Norisring. In 2019 and 2020, he obtained the title of vice-champion within the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. In 2020, he tied for the championship with three-time DTM champion René Rast. In the end, he only narrowly missed out on the title.
“I will never forget my first DTM race with Audi,” says Müller. “As a child, I sat in the stands during the DTM final at Hockenheim and admired Audi drivers like Mattias Ekström. Being on the grid with them a few years later was a moment that gave me flesh. of chicken. »
Besides the DTM, Nico Müller has also been on track several times for Audi Sport customer programs driving the Audi R8 LMS GT3 in 2022 in the DTM and alongside motorcycle legend Valentino Rossi in GT World. challenge.
« A very special moment in my career was winning the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2015 and not just because I had to shave my head afterwards because of a bet, » Müller said.
As a test and development driver, Nico Müller also played an important role in Audi’s Formula E project. In 2023, the Swiss drove for the ABT Sportsline team in the Formula E championship.
“Nico will be missed not only as an exceptional racing driver, but also as a friendly and sincere person and brand ambassador,” says Rolf Michl. « We wish him only the best for this new stage of his career ».