Audi is the first team to name drivers for the Formula E rookie test that is scheduled to take place the day after the Marrakesh ePrix on 14 January.
DTM racer Nico Müller and Formula 2 driver Nyck de Vries have received the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the e-tron FE04.
“This mid-season test is a unique opportunity. Nico and Nyck are going to drive our e-tron FE04 for a number of test kilometers which will give them a good initial impression of the car and the things that are special in Formula E,” says Allan McNish, Team Principal of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler.
“Nico already belongs to the Audi family and we’ve been closely watching Nyck’s career in recent years. Both have their roots in single-seater racing and will no doubt manage well.”
For Nico Müller, who competes in the DTM in Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, the test makes a dream come true. “I’ve been watching Formula E as a fan for quite some time but, unfortunately, only on television,” says the Swiss. When I visit ABT Sportsline the Formula E race car is often parked alongside my DTM car – that’s when I fancy driving it, so I’m all the more excited about this opportunity.”
Müller contested his last single-seater race in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2013 and has since been active in touring and sports car racing. To Nyck de Vries the test might come more naturally. The youngster has spent his entire career to date in kart and single-seater racing, having most recently competed in Formula 2 as part of the Formula 1 supporting program.
It won’t be the first time the Dutchman will get behind the wheel of a Formula E car, he was also development driver during for the first generation of the series’ vehicle.