Aside from this, Müller stays fit by cycling. “In the cold on a mountain bike and in the summer on a road bike,” says the youngster who is planning to move in with his partner Victoria in Bern this year. The young race driver and the German model fell in love with each other last season and have been a couple ever since.
In regard to his personal company car, Müller has returned to an old love. After driving an Audi RS 7 last year, the Swiss ordered an Audi RS 6 Avant again. “The RS 6 simply can’t be topped,” he enthuses. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to drive such cars as a young Audi factory driver.”
Müller has fallen in love with another car as well: the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro from the FIA World Rallycross Championship. “The fire’s been burning ever since Eki (Mattias Ekström) invited me to a test. That was extremely good fun. It’s simply fantastic to drive such a car. It would be cool to contest a race in it now and then. After all, I still have some time left alongside the DTM.”
That is why Müller always welcomes GT racing opportunities in the Audi R8 LMS. “I’ve had some great races in GT,” he says. “I’d like to tackle a second victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring and, following two podiums, my first victory at Spa too.”
His clear priority, though, is the DTM in which Müller is contesting his fourth season and looking forward to the most recent changes to the regulations and the cars. “A breath of fresh air is always good,” he says. “We had many thrilling races in the past and racing will hopefully be even better as a result of the changes. I’m very much looking forward to 2017.”
In the DTM, Nico Müller drives car number 51, a number that he was previously fortunate with in karting. “My cousin used to have number 50 on his kart. When I became his teammate it was only logical to pick 51,” relates Müller whose hobby is juggling. “I won many kart races with this number and later the title in Formula Renault as well.” And in the DTM, the 51 seems to work too …