Having spent this year reporting on the World Series by Renault, I am often asked who the greatest drivers in each category are. For the record, anyone planning to watch the FR2.0 race this weekend should keep a keen eye on Oliver Rowland. However in the higher engine class, many drivers appear destined for greatness.
A name I often use amongst the championship contenders and Formula 1 juniors, is Nico Müller. His relationship with the series, which began in 2009 following a test at Motorland in Spain, has ended in a successful 2013 – and there are still two races to go!
But is he a surprise choice? Personally, I think not.
Followers of the World Series by Renault may be familiar with his thriving 2013 season, namely two podiums and two wins in an unpredictable Formula Renault 3.5 season – he joins five other drivers from thirteen races to enjoy this honour upon the top step.
His moment of glory this year came in the form of Monaco, a notoriously challenging circuit to master. It was a dominating display, the likes of which are rarely seen on the tarmac of the Principality. Cue the last race in Budapest and a second win for Müller.
Indeed his pattern of racing success shows one thing: put him on pole position and he will reap the rewards. With a third place overall finish in GP3 from 2010, which was followed up by fourth overall in 2011, Nico Müller has a strong racing CV to his name. However, there is much more to do.
This year, besides competing alongside Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne for championship victory, there is little else the Swiss could have done to prove his worth to potential investors. Not attached to a young driver scheme, his future currently remains unclear. I may have to suggest DTM as his most likely destination beyond the World Series. Sorry if that was the answer you wanted, Nico!
The World Series by Renault is growing in following year by year meaning that Nico’s success is being seen by a wider audience.
Born in Thun, Switzerland, his surroundings were not typical for a young driver. After years at the top of Swiss racing, a charge through Europe has now begun. Potentially, Nico Müller has the potential to inspire a generation from Switzerland to take up karting.
Rarely seen without his ‘lucky necklace’ draped around his neck, Nico Müller is one driver who shouldn’t be underestimated on the WSR circuit. He was the dark horse in my pre-season predictions and I am pleased to say, he did not disappoint. He currently sits fifth in an outstandingly competitive field.
Good luck in France, Nico.