GEOX Dragon driver Nico Mueller says that he and the American-entered team have had a positive start to their relationship despite a late start to the team’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship testing program.
The Jay Penske-owned team only began development testing of its 2019-20 package at the end of July and still has several possible days left of its 15-day allocation.
Some of these are expected to be taken up next week following the Valencia test which saw Mueller set the third fastest time overall during the three full days of running.
“The boys are doing a good job, the car has run faultlessly from the go here,” Mueller told e-racing365.
“We’ve gelled very quickly, I have to say, I’m really feeling at home pretty much straightaway.”
Mueller gave caution to his positive week in Valencia though, stating that the GEOX Dragon squad should be viewed as an underdog going into the new season.
“I think we have to be a bit realistic, we are one of the small teams, let’s say, going up against those big manufacturers like Porsche, Mercedes and Audi,” he said.
“In the race sim we had a bit of a feel of how we would compare to the others, and to be honest, it was quite OK, but you never know if people really show their true cards or not.”
Speaking before the Friday afternoon incident which curtailed his running when he bent his suspension and front bodywork at the chicane, Mueller emphasised the positive aspect of showing inherent pace despite relatively little running in recent months.
“All in all, the feeling is quite positive,” he said.
“For sure there’s a lot of things to be improved, and we can definitely fine tune the package in a lot of areas, but for the time we’ve had and for very little amount of preparation there was, I think we can be pretty pleased.”
E-racing365 understands that Mueller is set to be engineered by Marco Fuga this season.
Fuga worked with previous GEOX Dragon driver Jose Maria Lopez during the 2018-19 campaign.