Audi has confirmed it will split its running between DTM driver Nico Müller and Formula 2 racer Nyck de Vries at the Formula E rookie test day in Marrakesh next month.

All 10 Formula E teams have been invited to stay on in Marrakesh on January 14 for the rookie test one day after the ePrix at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay el Hassan.

Teams are required to field drivers with no extensive Formula E race experience, with Audi opting to split its running between Muller and de Vries.

“I’ve been watching Formula E as a fan for quite some time but, unfortunately, only on television,” said Muller, who took two DTM podiums for Audi this year.

“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.”

De Vries has previously tested Formula E cars privately with the series to help develop its chassis, but will now get the chance to link up with Audi over the winter ahead of a return to Formula 2 for 2018.

“This mid-season test is a unique opportunity. Nico and Nyck are going to drive our e-tron FE04 for a number of test kilometres which will give them a good initial impression of the car and the things that are special in Formula E,” team principal Allan McNish said.

“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.”

Müller and de Vries will be joined for the test by defending Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi, who will be on hand to offer any advice and feedback to the youngsters.


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