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Dragon promotes Mueller to race seat for season six

DTM race winner Nico Mueller completes Dragon’s season six driver line-up. 

Mueller, who has been Dragon’s development and reserve driver for the past two years, joins Brendon Hartley in an all-rookie line-up.

The news comes after Dragon’s 2018-19 driver Maximilian Guenther was confirmed at BMW, while Jose Maria Lopez is currently without a seat.

“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 six.

“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. We have a compact structure and everyone has a full grasp on the project, so together we will be able to move quickly and optimize the Penske Autosport package.

“I love street racing and I am looking forward to lining up against the best guys out there. Formula E is particularly challenging, especially for a rookie, but I think we have an extremely exciting year ahead of us. We are looking forward to competing with these major OEMs and I am pumped to be able to put pressure on the big teams right from the start in Riyadh.”

Mueller already has Formula E experience, driving the Dragon in rookie tests in seasons four and five. The German topped the times both years.

The 27-year-old has spent the past six seasons competing in the DTM championship with Audi, taking his first victory in 2016. He currently lies second in the 2019 championship.

“I am very excited to have Nico behind the wheel of the #7 Penske EV-4 this season,” said Jay Penske. “Nico is a fierce competitor, and with him, we have the piece in place to compete with the major OEMs in this landmark Formula E season.

“I look forward to very solid results in the upcoming season.”

 

Bethonie Waring

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