( Motorsport-Total. com)– Nico Müller is leaving Audi after 9 years together. Now he validates for the very first time that his time in DTM is pertaining to an end, a minimum of in the meantime. When it comes to Audi, the Swiss has his last trip in the R8 LMS Evo II this weekend (October 1-2) at the GT World Challenge Europe season ending in Barcelona, and a week later on (October 8-9) at DTM. at the end of the season in Hockenheim.
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Nico Müller will be on 2 tracks in 2023: WEC for Peugeot and Formula E for Abt
Müller’s agreement with Audi was not due to end at the end of this year, however was ended previously by shared arrangement. They parted on excellent terms. “Of course,” states Müller when asked by “ran.de” and states: “I am really, really grateful for these 9 excellent years.”
But biding farewell after practically a years is difficult for the 30- year-old Swiss: “When you make choices like this, you constantly look ahead and attempt to make the very best choice for your profession. biding farewell, it’s a sensation. I accept that.”
” Audi provided me the chance to take the action to end up being an expert racing driver. That’s why I’m where I am today. Appreciation rules, lots of great memories to take with you. And now I’m anticipating this next action,” states Müller.
We are anticipating the 2 WEC and Formula E programs
This “next action” for Müller is to transfer to Peugeot worldwide Endurance Championship (WEC) consisting of the well-known 24 Hours of Le Mans.
” I believe it’s clear that the objectives I wanted with Audi have actually regrettably altered a bit concerning Audi’s motorsport program. We wished to drive together for total success at Le Mans. From the minute the LMDh program was begun. hang on a bit, I looked left and right,” he exposes.
Because Müller’s own objectives have actually not altered. “I would actually like to drive there for total success,” he states, describing the famous 24- hour race at Le Mans and states: “Then this alternative appeared with Peugeot. They will remain in the LMH, that is with the hypercar., to be at the start. I will belong to this group beginning next year and beginning a brand-new chapter.”
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Nico Müller in Peugeot overalls, which he will use frequently in the future zoom
At Peugeot, Müller is the just validated driver up until now for 2023 in the 9X8. The WEC and Peugeot are not the only location of obligation for the Swiss in the coming year. At the exact same time, he is objecting to the 2023 Formula E World Championship for Abt.
And then? Possibly DTM once again? “You never ever understand what the future will bring. For next year, with Formula E and WEC, I have 2 programs that fill the year well,” he smiles.
An unfavorable and favorable summary of Müller with Audi
In 9 years with Audi, Müller has actually gotten a great deal of experience– both favorable and unfavorable. “There are minutes,” he states, including instantly: “Of course there were likewise a couple of harder ones, which sadly are difficult to forget.” Who were they? “I think you might state that in 2015 was such an action.”
For the 2021 DTM season, the switch from Class 1 cars to GT3 cars was finished. For Müller there was likewise a modification of group from Abt back to Rosberg. “A great deal of things came together in a brand-new method and in the beginning this interaction was not suitable. We needed to discover ourselves once again and the efficiency that we were normally able to provide was no longer there,” he remembers.
Müller’s finest outcome of the 2021 season was 2nd location in the season opener at Monza. He stopped working to reach the phase. It was just at the start of the 2022 season in Portimao that he made a remarkable resurgence with a win. That, he likewise ended up on the Imola podium. In the last weekend on 8./ 9. October in Hockenheim, Müller is seventh in the present 2022 DTM standings.
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For Müller, the Norisring success in 2016 is among the highlights of his time at Audi. zoom
But what controls the Swiss’s memory from his 9 years at Audi is the great times. “The finest was certainly the win at the Nürburgring in the 24- hour race in2015 That was the very first big win with Audi,” he remembers.
” Then the very first DTM win at the Norisring , at Audi’s house race. Or the years 2019 and 2020, where we can defend the champion up until completion. Those are the minutes that form you as a racing driver and provide you that additional fire for the future,” states Müller.
” And now I’m eagerly anticipating the next chapter, on the one hand with Abt in Formula E, which will be the return of this household. And on the other hand, a brand name brand-new obstacle with the French, as they state. and Peugeot. I’m anticipating it I’m eagerly anticipating it,” stated the previous Audi driver.