Audi has signed Nico Muller to replace Le Mans-bound Filipe Albuquerque in its DTM line-up for 2014, while the Portuguese racer will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut.
Muller, a race winner in GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 in recent years, has tested for Audi in the past, and his performances at the wheel of an old DTM car convinced the team to sign him for 2014. The Swiss driver fills the seat vacated by Albuquerque, who will focus on an endurance program that includes making his Le Mans 24 Hours debut for Audi.
Audi head of motorsport Wolfgang Ullrich said: “We’ve been watching Nico’s career for some time now. He completed a few hundred test kilometers in our DTM cars and left an outstanding impression. I’m confident it won’t take him long to fill the gap that has been created by Filipe Albuquerque switching to our LMP and GT program.”
Audi’s DTM boss Dieter Gass added that he expects the 21-year-old to “cause a surprise now and then in his rookie season.”
Speaking about landing the drive, Muller said: “The DTM is on practically every driver’s wish list. It’s a great honor for me that Audi is placing the trust in me to compete in an RS5 DTM. I watched the series even as a child, and I’ve been dreaming about the opportunity to contest a race in such a car.”