Audi says “Thank you very much and all the best, Nico Müller”

Audi says “Thank you very much and all the best, Nico Müller”

DTM final in Hockenheim on 8./9. October will be Nico Müller’s last job for the time being under the sign of the four rings. Audi Sport and the Swiss racing driver have agreed to terminate the contract early at the end of the 2022 season.

“Like René Rast, Nico Müller was originally intended to be our LMDh project driver,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Rolf Michl. “Nico prepared seriously for prototype racing by competing in the LMP2 class. Besides Formula E, Nico sees his future in Le Mans and prototype racing. We can’t give him that right now, so with a heavy heart we decided together to let him go and give him a chance to fulfill his dream.”
FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017, Lohéac RX Toomas Heikkinen (FIN), Reinis Nitišs (LV), Nico Müller (CH), Mattias Ekstrom (S) EKS Team
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“That was a very difficult decision,” says Nico Müller. “Audi gave me the opportunity to enter the automotive industry. I owe a lot to the company and I am a big fan of the brand and its cars. The collaboration with Audi in Switzerland was always great and something very special for me. I still have goals in motorsport which unfortunately cannot be achieved by Audi. By entering Formula 1, there are now other priorities at Audi. That is why I am very grateful to Rolf Michl for giving me the opportunity to develop further.”

Nico Müller joined the Audi DTM driver squad in 2014 as a 22-year-old via a young talent scout. In 2016 he celebrated the first of a total of eleven victories in the famous touring car racing series at the Norisring. In 2019 and 2020 he achieved the vice championship in the Audi Sport Abt Sportsline Team. In 2020 he drove alongside three-time DTM champion René Rast. In the end, he missed out on the title.

“I will never forget my first DTM race with Audi,” says Müller. “As a kid I sat in the stands at the DTM final in Hockenheim and admired Audi drivers like Mattias Ekström. To be on the starting grid with them a few years later was a sad moment.
DTM Norisring 2016 Tom Blomqvist, Nico Müller, Maxim Martin, Michael Seiffert

DTM Norisring 2016: Tom Blomqvist, Nico Müller, Maxim Martin, Michael Seiffert

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In addition to the DTM, Nico Müller has also regularly participated in Audi Sport customer races in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 – in 2022 in the DTM and with motorcycle legend Valentino Rossi in the GT World Challenge.

“The most special moment in my career was winning the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2015 – not only because I had to go bald because of a bet,” says Müller.

As a test and development driver, Nico Müller was also an integral part of Audi’s Formula E project. In 2023, the Swiss will start for the ABT Sportsline team in the electric racing series.

“We will not only miss Nico as a great racing driver, but also as a likeable, loyal person and brand ambassador,” says Rolf Michl. “We wish him all the best in his new job.”

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