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Müller: “We are not complete rookies in a way”

Nico Müller believes he and his GEOX Dragon teammate Brendon Hartley could help to strengthen the team’s performance.

Speaking during the pre-season testing rest day, a relaxed Müller talks about how he came to be at the GEOX Dragon team: “It was at the end of season five and I was in New York and actually by coincidence I met Jay [Penske] and we began to talk about what’s going on and in the end he wanted me to be in one of his cars,” he said.

“So, it was depending on Audi giving me the allowance for that and they did. I’m very grateful to be able to combine these two programmes with DTM and Formula E with two great teams.”

Although the Swiss, who previously served as a test and reserve driver for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team remains enthusiastic about his new drive, he remains realistic about the growing competition in the coming season: “We have to be realistic as well, it will not be easy. We are a small team compared to the big manufacturers, the series is so competitive I think a sense of realism is needed but we definitely want to set highlights.”

Speaking about his teammate former Formula One driver Hartley, Müller believes both of them could bring something new to the team and potentially turn the American team’s fortune around: “I think we bring a lot of fresh ideas and we both had a bit of Formula E experience before and maybe that experience can help us as well because we are not complete rookies in a way. We have done some mileage but obviously not in race mode and I think that can definitely bring us forward.”

“I think we have a strong lineup with Brendon and myself,” said Müller. “I think having new people coming from different backgrounds could definitely help bring the package forward and there are some very good people in the team but it’s difficult to go into real detail after such a short time so we’re pushing extremely hard to make a big step forward.”


About Noor Amylia Hilda
Noor Amylia Hilda is a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur with bylines in titles such as Women's Health, Esquire and ELLE. She is also a freelance motorsport journalist covering the FIA Formula E championship and Formula 1.