Nico Müller

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Nico Müller
Nico Müller (CH) (36786827222).jpg
NationalitySwitzerland Swiss
Born (1992-02-25) 25 February 1992 (age 27)
Thun, Switzerland
DTM career
Debut season2014
Current teamAudi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
Car no.51
Former teamsTeam Rosberg
Starts100
Championships0
Wins3
Podiums17
Poles2
Fastest laps7
Best finish9th in 2016
Finished last season12th (81 pts)
Previous series
2012-2013
20102011
2009
200809
2008
2008
World Series by Renault
GP3 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Swiss Formula Renault 2.0
Italian Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
Championship titles
2009Swiss Formula Renault 2.0

Nico Müller (born 25 February 1992 in Thun) is a professional racing driver from Switzerland.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Müller began his karting career in 2004 and the following year, Müller finished sixth in the Bridgestone Cup Switzerland ICA Junior class. He improved to third place in the same competition in 2006 and also finished as runner-up in the Swiss Junior Championship. In 2007, he won the Bridgestone Cup Switzerland KF3 class, winning the title by a single point, and took fifth place in the Swiss KF3 championship.

Formula Renault 2.0[edit]

In 2008, Müller stepped up to single-seaters, racing in his native Formula Renault series for Jenzer Motorsport. In his first year in the category, he finished fifth, taking a victory at Spa-Francorchamps along with two other podium places. He also took part in selected races of both the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup series. In November of that year, he contested the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series, which was held over two races at the Imola circuit. Müller took two podium places to finish third in the standings, behind Kazim Vasiliauskas and champion Daniel Mancinelli.[1]

Müller remained in the Swiss Formula Renault 2.0 series in 2009 and wrapped up the title in dominant fashion, finishing on the podium in all twelve races, taking nine victories and nine pole positions.[2]

He also contested a full season of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship with Jenzer Motorsport. He originally finished third in his début race in Barcelona, but was later promoted to second following the disqualification of race winner Albert Costa.[3] During the season he took a further four points-scoring positions to finish eleventh in the championship, the third highest placed rookie driver.[4]

GP3 Series[edit]

In 2010, Müller graduated to the new GP3 Series, continuing his long relationship with Jenzer Motorsport.[5] He took his first victory in the category at the third round of the season in Valencia, winning the sprint race after starting from the front row of the grid.[6] Another podium followed at the next round at Silverstone before he took his second win of the year with victory from pole position in the feature race at the Hungaroring.[7]

A haul of nine points in the final round at Monza ensured that Müller finished the season third overall behind Robert Wickens and eventual champion Esteban Gutiérrez.[8] Müller will remain in the championship with Jenzer Motorsport for a second season in 2011.[9]

World Rallycross[edit]

Müller competed in the 2017 World RX of France and the 2017 World RX of Latvia for the EKS RX team. He finished the events 17th and 6th respectively.

Sports car racing[edit]

Race Car Driver
Nico Müller talking with fans at an Audi eTron event during the FIA Formula E 2019 New York E-Prix

In October 2017, it was announced that Müller would replace relief driver James Rossiter in the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07, partnering regular drivers Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet for the 6 Hours of Shanghai in November.[10] He finished seventh after colliding with three cars during the course of the race.[11] That month, Müller was entered into the 2017 FIA GT World Cup, driving a Audi R8 LMS with Audi Sport Team WRT,[12] and was caught up in a first lap multi-car accident in the qualifying race.[13] His car was repaired in time for the main race,[13] but crashed out after hitting a car that spun ahead of him.[14]

Other Series[edit]

At the end of October 2009, Müller tested a Formula Renault 3.5 Series car for the first time, driving for Prema Powerteam at Motorland Aragón in Spain as a prize for winning the Swiss Formula Renault title.[15] A week later, he took part in the first International Formula Master test session of the winter at the Hungaroring, finishing as the fastest driver on day one before taking second place the following day.[16][17]

Müller became the first Swiss to race in World RX

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 Swiss Formula Renault 2.0 Jenzer Motorsport 12 1 0 0 3 174 5th
Italian Formula Renault 2.0 4 0 0 0 0 8 32nd
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC 2 0 0 0 0 0 52nd
Italian Formula Renault 2.0 – Winter Series 2 0 0 0 2 52 3rd
2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Jenzer Motorsport 14 0 0 0 1 25 11th
Swiss Formula Renault 2.0 12 9 9 8 12 317 1st
2010 GP3 Series Jenzer Motorsport 16 2 1 2 4 53 3rd
2011 GP3 Series Jenzer Motorsport 16 1 0 0 3 36 4th
2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series International Draco Racing 17 0 0 0 1 78 9th
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series International Draco Racing 17 2 1 0 3 143 5th
2014 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Rosberg 10 0 0 1 0 10 19th
Blancpain Endurance Series Audi Race Experience 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2015 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Rosberg 18 0 0 0 0 26 21st
Blancpain Endurance Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 3 0 1 0 1 41 9th
2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Abt 18 1 1 2 2 88 9th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 3 0 1 1 1 26 10th
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup 4 0 0 0 0 2 27th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 1 0 1 1 1 18 9th
FIA GT World Cup Phoenix Racing Asia 0 0 0 0 0 N/A DNS
2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 18 0 0 1 2 81 12th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Audi Sport Team WRT 2 0 0 0 1 29 10th
FIA GT World Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 1 0 0 0 0 8 12th
World Rallycross Championship EKS RX 2 0 0 0 0 13 17th
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 G-Drive Racing 1 0 0 0 0 6 27th
2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 20 0 0 0 3 96 10th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Audi Sport Team WRT 1 0 0 0 0 8 39th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 1 0 1 0 0 12 18th
World Rallycross Championship EKS Audi Sport 1 0 0 0 0 10 19th
Stock Car Brasil Ipiranga Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2019 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline 16 2 1 3 10 223 2nd*
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Audi Sport Team WRT 1 0 0 0 0 3 27th*
Intercontinental GT Challenge Audi 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC*

As Müller was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points. * Season still in progress.

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2010 Jenzer Motorsport CAT
FEA

13
CAT
SPR

9
IST
FEA

6
IST
SPR

4
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

1
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

4
HOC
FEA

Ret
HOC
SPR

17
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

6
SPA
FEA

4
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

3
3rd 53
2011 Jenzer Motorsport IST
FEA

11
IST
SPR

15
CAT
FEA

5
CAT
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

14
SIL
FEA

1
SIL
SPR

11
NÜR
FEA

15
NÜR
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

5
SPA
FEA

7
SPA
SPR

3
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

3
4th 36

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 International Draco Racing ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

Ret
MON
1

5
SPA
1

5
SPA
2

4
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

Ret
MSC
1

8
MSC
2

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

7
HUN
1

6
HUN
2

Ret
LEC
1

8
LEC
2

7
CAT
1

12
CAT
2

15
9th 78
2013 International Draco Racing MNZ
1

13
MNZ
2

5
ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

5
MON
1

1
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

5
MSC
1

7
MSC
2

4
RBR
1

13
RBR
2

8
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

5
LEC
1

10
LEC
2

2
CAT
1

12
CAT
2

4
5th 143

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

 Year  Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  Pos   Points 
2014 Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM HOC
16
OSC
16
HUN
12
NOR
18
MSC
5
SPL
19
NÜR
Ret
LAU
Ret
ZAN
Ret
HOC
13
19th 10
2015 Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

6
HOC
2

19
LAU
1

20
LAU
2

9
NOR
1

18
NOR
2

19
ZAN
1

9
ZAN
2

21
SPL
1

12
SPL
2

5
MSC
1

9
MSC
2

9
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

Ret
NÜR
1

16
NÜR
2

16
HOC
1

14
HOC
2

16
21st 26
2016 Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

3
HOC
2

7
SPL
1

10
SPL
2

Ret
LAU
1

10
LAU
2

8
NOR
1

20
NOR
2

1
ZAN
1

20
ZAN
2

5
MSC
1

13
MSC
2

7
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

5
HUN
1

5
HUN
2

Ret
HOC
1

15
HOC
2

13
9th 88
2017 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

9
HOC
2

5
LAU
1

18
LAU
2

6
HUN
1

10
HUN
2

4
NOR
1

9
NOR
2

13
MSC
1

15
MSC
2

15
ZAN
1

10
ZAN
2

4
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

Ret
SPL
1

3
SPL
2

3
HOC
1

12
HOC
2

11
12th 81
2018 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

13
HOC
2

13
LAU
1

Ret
LAU
2

17
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

14
NOR
1

18
NOR
2

7
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

7
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

10
MIS
1

5
MIS
2

10
NÜR
1

10
NÜR
2

14
SPL
1

3
SPL
2

2
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

4
10th 96
2019 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 Turbo DTM HOC
1

8
HOC
2

2
ZOL
1

3
ZOL
2

8
MIS
1

5
MIS
2

1
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

8
ASS
1

2
ASS
2

3
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

2
LAU
1

1
LAU
2

2
NÜR
1

15
NÜR
2

6
HOC
1

HOC
2

2nd* 223*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2016 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Pro MIS
QR
MIS
CR
BRH
QR
BRH
CR
NÜR
QR

5
NÜR
CR

34
HUN
QR
HUN
CR
CAT
QR

Ret
CAT
CR

14
27th 2

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results[edit]

(key)

Supercar[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WRX Points
2017 EKS RX Audi S1 BAR POR HOC BEL GBR NOR SWE CAN FRA
17
LAT
6
GER RSA 17th 13
2018 EKS Audi Sport Audi S1 BAR POR BEL GBR NOR SWE CAN FRA LAT
9
USA GER RSA 19th 10

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2017 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL SPA LMS NÜR MEX COA FUJ SHA
7
BHR 27th 6

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Christopher Zanella
Swiss Formula Renault 2.0
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Zoël Amberg
FR2.0 Middle
European Championship