- The familiar faces: DTM racers Robert Wickens, Gary Paffett, Paul Di Resta and Lucas Auer are back to compete for Mercedes-AMG
- The returnee: Maro Engel makes his comeback to the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team after a five-year absence
- Test and reserve driver: FIA Formula 3 championship runner-up Maximilian Günther completes the seven-man driver squad
- Ulrich Fritz: “In 2017, all of us manufacturers will be up against major challenges. That’s precisely why I am glad we have put together such a high-calibre squad.”
The Mercedes-AMG DTM driver line-up for the 2017 DTM has now been confirmed. It includes one new arrival, four familiar faces and one returnee. The newcomer to the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport family is Edoardo Mortara. He will be joining Lucas Auer, Paul Di Resta, Gary Paffett and Robert Wickens – four DTM race winners who each have several years of experience as members of the team. Completing the sextet is former DTM driver and ex?FIA GT World Champion Maro Engel.
The new driver sextet will contest the first race weekend of the 2017 DTM season as is customary at Hockenheim (5th - 7th May). Until then, however, there is still a lot to be taken care of. The first official tests of the year will take place between 20th and 23rd February at Portimao. Afterwards, the new cars will be tested thoroughly in Vallelunga (13-16 February) and in Hockenheim (03-06 April) until the start of the season.
“There is still a lot of work to be done before the season gets underway,” stressed Ulrich Fritz. “We have to continue developing our new car and get used to the new regulations. However, I am confident that, with our team setup, we are well equipped to have a successful season.”