Nico Muller he will make his debut for Peugeot in 2023 in the LMH of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The Swiss looked set to take the plunge with Audi for a long time, but was left empty-handed when the car brand put the LMDh plans on hold. The driver has now also officially left the German manufacturer. In a statement, Peugeot said the driver will begin testing and work on developing the 9X8. However, a start during the WEC final in Bahrain has not been ruled out. Müller’s move from Audi to Peugeot is logical, because the driver wants to compete in the LMH class for overall victory during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“My dream for many years has been to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and get the overall victory. So when I contacted Peugeot and started to understand people better, I understood that the company is very committed to doing well and winning the event,” said Muller. I was immediately attracted and motivated to join this team and when the opportunity came I didn’t hesitate for long.”
According to Switzerland, the first contact was made about three months ago, when he also spoke with other manufacturers, when it became clear that Audi would not come with LMDh. “To be honest, it started with uncertainty about Audi’s LMDh project,” the driver said. “My medium and long-term goal is to go to Le Mans and the original way was to do it with Audi. I made a kind of commitment to it. When it turned out that the plan was not as certain as I expected, I started looking around left and right. According to Müller, he and Audi parted ways on good terms.
Peugeot sporting director Olivier Jansonnie explains that the driver was brilliant. “He drove the LMP2 model this year and he showed that kind of speed and consistency Peugeot TotalEnergies it is looking for its drivers,” said the Frenchman. With the arrival of Müller, James Rossiter will return to his test and reserve driver role, in the number 94 car from Monza this year. Although Müller is still under contract with Audi, the German company has given permission for the driver and Peugeot to race for the French carmaker this year. Unfortunately, both say they are still in the planning stages now that he gets behind the wheel of a car for the first time. Peugeot 9X8 action.