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Mueller Feels “Ready” for Formula E Race Seat

Nico Mueller is eyeing a possible Formula E race seat for 2019-20…

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Nico Mueller believes he is prepared for a race seat in Formula E if a vacancy at Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler becomes available in the near future.

Mueller, who is currently third in the 2019 DTM standings for Audi Sport Team ABT Sportsline, has track tested for the Audi Formula E team on several occasions and has seen his role as test and development driver increase this season.

The 27-year-old is known to be highly rated by several key figures on the Audi Formula E management and would be a favorite to fill a seat should one exist for next season.

Lucas di Grassi has what is believed to be a binding contract for 2019-20, while Daniel Abt will see his current deal come to an end next month, although options to renew his services do exist.

Team principal Allan McNish told e-racing365 recently that “no decision on drivers will be made until after the end of the season”.

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 is doing this year.

“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,” Mueller told e-racing365.

“My focus is on doing my best there and trying to fight for the championship and I think we are in a very good position and there is no room for distraction so I don’t think about other possibilities too much.

“It is no secret that I would love to drive but I know that they do a great job and I will be proud if they do well because I have to be respectful for the guys here because they do a great job.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    July 5, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Given Frijns and Bird are set to stay with Virgin next season, the only way Muller will get a race seat next season is if Abt switches teams or Di Grassi takes a step back from the racing side of things to focus on managing Roborace.

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