Robin Frijns and Nico Mueller join forces again at ABT as the German squad makes its Formula E return for the 2022-23 season.
The duo were team-mates at ABT for three years between 2018 and 2020 in the DTM, scoring a combined 11 victories in that time. In 2020, they finished second and third in the championship standings, with Mueller just beating out Frijns.
Now the pairing will once again be team-mates behind the wheel of ABT Sportsline cars, but this time in the electric single seater championship.
“Robin and Nico were our absolute dream team right from the start, because they have everything we need for our Formula E comeback: speed, experience and the right spirit,” said ABT managing partner Hans-Jurgen Abt. “If we want to hold our own against the big factory teams in the new season, we need a small and powerful team. And that’s where Robin and Nico fit in perfectly.”
Both drivers have significant Formula E experience. Frijns is the more experienced of the pair, having raced in the championship for six seasons with Andretti and Envision Racing. This season he finished seventh in the championship standings with four podium finishes. He has two victories from earlier seasons.
“I know the ABT team and Nico from the DTM, where we had a great atmosphere in the team and were very successful,” he said. “That’s exactly how we want to continue in Formula E.
“Of course, it is a big step for all of us and we will have to learn a lot and also quickly. But I have full confidence in the ABT team, which has caused a stir in every racing series in its history. It’s great to be a part of it again.”
Mueller spent a year as a test and reserve driver for the ABT team in 2019 before joining Dragon for the next two seasons. In 2021, he was replaced mid-year by Joel Eriksson. He sees his return to Formula E as a chance to settle unfinished business.
“After our great years together in the DTM, I’m really looking forward to this new chapter with ABT and to my return to Formula E,” Muller said.
“And then I’m also racing together with Robin, with whom I simply had a great time on and off track – I think there are some good ingredients coming together that will put us in a good position for a new challenge.
“Personally I still have a score to settle with Formula E after my difficult year and a half anyway, and I’m happy to have the chance to settle it together with this team.”
ABT returns to Formula E after a year out. The 2022-23 season marks its first as a customer team, and it will run Mahindra powertrains for the first year of the Gen3 era.
Image courtesy of ABT Sportsline