He may be the newest driver on the Audi Sport lineup, but Swiss ace Nico Müller got into the top eight for the very first time in his DTM career yesterday afternoon after qualifying, ending up behind fellow Audi driver Adrien Tambay on the fourth row and Miguel Molina, who placed third as the fastest from Ingolstadt’s ranks.
The Team Rosberg driver, who had struggled in the first two race weekends at Hockenheim and Oschesleben, said that getting into Q3 was the general aim, but is hopeful that the results start to come his way: “I’m happy to be the third-best Audi driver. The entire team did a good job and the car will no doubt be optimal for the long run. I’m hoping for a good race now and to be advancing a bit more.”
Müller, who raced in World Series by Renault 3.5 last year, is the “little one,” according to Team Rosberg Director, Arno Zensen, who was rather happy with both Müller and Jamie Green making it into the top ten: “It was a decent day for us. We’ve got both cars in the top ten and are the third- and fourth-best Audi cars.”
Head of DTM Dieter Gass had hoped for better results for the outfit, who will sometimes show their strength in numbers and speed when it comes to qualifying: “In the past, we often managed to have our cars very close together. We weren’t able to make this happen in this form here so we’ve only got one car on the first two rows of the grid and three in the top eight. We’ve got to work on that in order to achieve one of our great strengths again – a well-balanced line-up.”
But will we see the emergence of young rookies mixing it up with the veterans tomorrow? Müller will have a fight on his hand, especially with overtaking being at a premium at the Hungaroring.