Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Interview: Nico Müller "I am happy with my second place at the Spa 24 Hours"

By Jean-Baptiste Lassaux

Audi factory driver Nico Müller took a very strong second place overall at the Spa 24 Hours. The young Swiss talented driver shared the Audi Sport Team WRT run #2 Audi R8 LMS with Stéphane Ortelli and Frank Stippler.

We interviewed Nico Müller right after the end of the Belgian classic. An interesting Q/A about the stellar event of the Blancpain Endurance Series, the new Audi R8 LMS, the next DTM round and more.

Read our Spa 24 Hours race report: Double podium for the new Audi R8 LMS in the Belgian classic

What are your thoughts after such a demanding Spa 24 Hours race?

On the dry we were not as fast as BMW, even in the tests they were quicker than us. By the night and earlier in the morning with the fresh cool air we were better. I had a triple stint where I performed very well. Unfortunatelly with the temperature rising we were not able to match the Z4 GT3's pace.

The target was to not make mistakes and we were focused on keeping our second place overall. To finish the event with this brand new Audi R8 LMS in second and third places is really great.

Was your last stint the hardest?

No it was not the case. It was even easier as we did not have the pressure of the #99 Mercedes-Benz (ROWE Racing) any more. I would say my hardest stint was the first one. The racing line was dry but the track was really wet especially into the night.

What was your target before the race? Another victory following the Nürburgring 24 Hours one?

I have to say that would have been great to achieve a double victory. But my target was to battle for a podium and we did it and I am happy about that.

Winner at the Nürburgring 24 Hours and second at the Spa 24 Hours, a successful 2015 season so far.

Would say yes. I really wanted to compete in GT endurance races with Audi and battle for the top spots. Team WRT is a great team and so is the new Audi R8 LMS, such a competitive car. We worked hard and we achieved some great results.

The next stop for the DTM is Spielberg, are you going there to win?

To clinch a podium, that would be a great result. We will see on Saturday now, it's hard to say something, wait and see so.

The next events in the DTM calendar should be better with tracks you really like.

Exactly. There are two or three circuits that I really like. I really appreciate the Moscow Raceway despite it's not popular among the DTM drivers, it's very challenging and technical. There are also the Nürburgring and the Hockenheimring, two beautiful tracks and I hope to perform well there.

Read the interview with Nico Müller in French at Sport-Auto.ch

Photo credit: Audi Media