Nico Müller was ‘lucky’ to make qualifying lap ‘stick’

Nico Müller believes he was ‘lucky’ to make his qualifying lap stick in the second DTM qualifying session at the Nürburgring, where the Audi driver was once again the only driver to break below the 1 minute 47 seconds barrier.

Race one winner Müller left it until the very end of the session to secure pole, once again lapping the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit faster than his rivals.

The Abt Sportsline driver headed up an Audi top six, over a tenth ahead of team-mate Robin Frijns.

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In the end Müller held on to pole, despite the top four drivers all improving on their final runs.

The Swiss racer believes he was a bit lucky to secure pole again, after making a mistake on his first flying lap as he tried to adapt to conditions which were slightly different to the previous day.

“We had a bit of an issue on first set [of tyres],” explained Müller. “I made a mistake on the first push and I locked up in Turn 1.

“I mentioned yesterday, when the conditions change only a little bit you have to adapt to it and I didn’t quite do a good job in the first push lap, I locked up and went wide.

“So then you pick up dirt and it felt like the tyres didn’t work anymore from then on, so I know I had only one more chance which was the second run, obviously.

“I made it stick so it feels good and luckily we still managed to pull that one out.

“I’m looking forward to [the race]. We’ve seen yesterday that our race pace was good, and I hope today will be similar and then we should have a good race again.”

Müller extended his championship advantage by a further point with his third pole of the season, with his tally now at 195 points compared to Frijns on 149 and Rast on 140.

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