Audi DTM driver Nico Mueller will make his ABB FIA Formula E Championship debut for GEOX Dragon Racing as a full-time driver for the 2019-20 season.
As first reported by e-racing365 earlier this month, the American team has confirmed Mueller to partner the already-signed Brendon Hartley for the upcoming campaign in one of the team’s Penske EV-4 cars.
Mueller is set to complete his first test for the team later this month and will also attend the official promoters pre-season sessions at Valencia in October.
The German driver, who is currently second in the DTM standings, will make his electric racing debut in the season opener at Ad Diriyah in November.
“I have already met and started working with most of the team,” said Mueller.
“They are an extremely motivated group of racers. They have proven their ability to win races and challenge for podiums in Formula E. They have done it before, and we aim to do it in Season 6.
“We have a big challenge ahead of us. We are an independent manufacturer, and the level of competition in Formula E is the highest in Motorsport, but I have a lot of confidence in the team.”
Jay Penske, Owner of GEOX Dragon and Penske Autosport, commented: “I am very excited to have Nico behind the wheel of the #7 Penske EV-4 this season.
“Nico is a fierce competitor, and with him, we have the pieces in place to compete with the major OEM’s in this landmark Formula E season. I look forward to very solid results in the upcoming season.”
27-year-old Mueller is an Audi contracted driver and has previously tested for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team on several occasions in recent seasons.
He is set to combine his new Formula E program with a full 2020 DTM campaign with the ABT operation with which he has contested the last four seasons.
Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass said that Mueller’s priority will be DTM.
“Race drivers do not have an infinite number of opportunities in their careers,” said Gass.
“It has always been my view, that where possible, we will not hold our drivers back in terms of opportunities. This is often a fine line, because in the first place, I must ensure the interest of Audi.
“I am pleased that this has worked out with the clear priority on DTM and I wish Nico all the best in the electric motorsport series – even though, as an exception to the norm, he will be one of our competitors come the Formula E race days.”
The DTM calendar is set to be announced during its final 2019 weekend at Hockenheim next month and is expected to avoid any clashes with Formula E.
Mueller will join fellow Audi driver Robin Frijns, who drives for Envision Virgin Racing, in dovetailing both programs in 2019-2020.
GEOX Dragon’s swoop for Mueller ends a two-year association with Jose-Maria Lopez who is now set to concentrate on his program with Toyota Gazoo Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.