Nico Muller will make his Peugeot debut in the WEC final in Bahrain

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The Swiss will drive the Peugeot 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar #94 at the 8 Hours of Bahrain on November 12 alongside Loic Duval and Gustavo Menezes.

Muller takes the place of James Rossiter, who in his capacity as reserve driver filled the seat vacated by Kevin Magnussen when he returned to Formula 1 with Haas in March.

Rossiter has now retired after being named Formula E team manager for sister brand Peugeot Maserati.

Muller was named to the Bahrain squad after a first 9X8 test outing at Monza, which followed Team Peugeot Sport’s return from the Fuji WEC round in mid-September.

Olivier Jansonnie, technical director of the LMH program at Peugeot, said: “Nico impressed during his day in the car during our tests at Monza.

“He was calm, focused and provided valuable technical feedback on the Peugeot 9X8 which reinforced the views of his new teammates.

“He integrated easily into the team, and everything is now in place for his devut in Bahrain.”

Peugeot’s recruitment of Muller from Audi announced last month has been heralded as his arrival in the 2023 WEC lineup, but the door has been left open on plans for the rest of this year.

Muller explained at the time that he had permission from Audi to drive the Peugeot this year and that he was not ruling out driving the Peugeot LMH in Bahrain.

#94 Peugeot Totalenergies Peugeot 9X8: Loïc Duval, Gustavo Menezes, James Rossiter

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Jansonnie also thanked Rossiter for his role in the 9X8 project, which included him as the primary simulator pilot.

“I know I speak for everyone on the team when I salute all the great work James has done over the past year,” he said.

“He will remain for a few more weeks as a reserve and development simulator pilot before moving on to a new challenge for which he is ideally qualified.”

Muller contested the first four races of this year’s WEC in the Vector Sport LMP2, before missing Fuji to take his usual seat with the Rosberg Audi team in the DTM.

His place in the Vector ORECA-Gibson 07 alongside Sébastien Bourdais and Ryan Cullen was taken by Renger van der Zander.

Vector has confirmed that the Dutch driver, Bourdais’ teammate in the Ganassi Cadillac IMSA SportsCar Championship team, will join the roster in Bahrain.

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