Change of sides: How Müller coped with Ekström as boss
DTM team mate and WRX team boss: Nico Müller talks about differences in cooperation with Mattias Ekström as boss and driver colleague
Since last year, Nico Müller and Mattias Ekström have been working for Team Abt.During his trip to the World Rallycross Championship (WRX), the Swiss driver had to get used to the fact that “Eki” is his boss as team owner of “EKS”.In an interview with’ Motorsport-Total. com’, the 25-year-old tells how he coped with the unfamiliar situation and how he found out about working with the Swedish team leader.
“It’s a bit different because I drive his car and don’t want to break it,” says Müller after his second WRX race in the team of his DTM team mate,”but Mattias is still the same person and doesn’t behave much differently than in the DTM.
The Audi man has been on the road in the German touring car series since 2014 and is one of the experienced drivers.In the WRX he is still a rookie and loves to fall back on the experience of his “boss”, the two-time WRX champion:”I am very grateful to him for giving me a great backing together with his whole team and for giving me a lot of support with their know-how on the way for this adventure”, Müller continues,”Mattias was not only a team boss, but an extremely helpful one.
“I’m a bit proud that I was able to repay the trust he gave me in the form of a good weekend”, he is pleased that in the final against his boss Ekström, Sebastian Loeb and the new WRX World Champion Johan Kristoffersson, he surpassed his personal goal in the semi-finals.I was really happy for the whole team that it went so well at the weekend.Having four Audi in the semi-finals and two cars in the final is something to be proud of,”says Müller.
Further missions in the current WRX season are not planned for the young DTM driver.But he could well imagine sitting in a rallycross car again in the future.It’s a dream programme that Mattias is allowed to complete,”he enthuses:” The cars are very different, but the mix and the challenge make it very interesting.I could definitely imagine it!”
Weekend (23/24.September) for Müller the DTM will continue: At the Red-Bull-Ring he will be driving side by side with Ekström, who has good cards in the fight for the DTM title 2017 and will lead the table four races before the end.