Nico Mueller has emerged as the leading candidate to join Brendon Hartley at GEOX Dragon in the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.
The Audi-contracted driver is in talks with the American-entered squad to make his Formula E debut in Saudi Arabia in November.
Although Mueller is yet to test for the team, advanced negotiations have been carried out in recent weeks and a source close to a potential deal has revealed to e-racing365 that Mueller “is the number one candidate” to join Hartley.
The Swiss driver is currently in a DTM title fight with fellow Audi driver Rene Rast and has tested for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler on several occasions including at both of the official rookie tests held at Marrakech.
The 27-year-old is known to have been looking to move in to a race seat for some time and saw one potential avenue closed off in July when Daniel Abt retained his seat at Audi for a sixth season.
“I am not bluffing if I say more than any other rookie I would be ready to race [because] after a lot of sim work, I do feel ready for the challenge even through it is very difficult,” Müller told e-racing365 in June.
Although a DTM schedule is yet to be made public, Mueller could feasibly dovetail a DTM program with a potential Formula E drive in a similar manner to what fellow Audi-contracted driver Robin Frijns did last season.
The 2020 calendar is expected to be largely similar to the 2019 schedule with an emphasis on avoiding F1 and Formula E clashes. A race in Monza is likely to replace the round held at Misano according to a recent report by Autosport.
The final 2020 DTM calendar is expected to be revealed in early October at the final rounds in Hockenheim.
GEOX Dragon is expected to formally confirm its lineup later this month. Teams have until Oct. 22 to nominate and confirm their 2019-20 drivers.