Mercedes confirms Paffett, Auer, di Resta and Mortara
Four familiar faces and a common goal: Mercedes wants to write a successful last chapter in the DTM – Will Wehrlein and Juncadella come back?
Thirty years ago Mercedes-AMG Motorsport opened the first chapter of a long and extremely successful motorsport history with the factory entry into the DTM. In their last DTM season, the star brand will once again have four familiar faces in the driver squad this year. The team will soon announce which two drivers will complete the squad consisting of six riders for the 2018 DTM season.
Team captain Gary Paffett, for whom 2018 is a very special season for two reasons:”It’s my 15th season in a row. DTM season with Mercedes-AMG, but unfortunately also the last of Mercedes in this series,”explains Paffett, who was thus at the start of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport’s DTM season in the half of the 30th year of the DTM,”Preparations for 2018 are already in full swing. In winter we worked hard with the engineers and the team shows the same dedication as always. You are fully focused and want to end this season with a sense of achievement.”
Paul Di Resta created the same positive atmosphere during the winter season:”New challenges, new chances: I’m really looking forward to the new season”, said the Scottish driver, who will complete his ninth DTM season with the team in 2018,”It’s a pity that this season will end Mercedes’ DTM era. But everyone in the team shows this little bit of extra motivation to end the chapter positively. I have been part of this story for many years and I love the brand. So I hope to be able to deliver the best possible results this year together with my colleagues.”
In addition to the two DTM champions of 2005 and 2010, Lucas Auer will also return to the cockpit:”The last season for Mercedes in the DTM is something very special,”says the Austrian:”We’re all hot on our heels and want to reach a worthy conclusion. 2017 was already a good year for me and I’m very much looking forward to this year. It will be interesting to see how I can develop. Anyone who knows me knows that in the off-season I ride everything that has four wheels. But now I’m looking forward to the first tests and the new season.”
Edoardo Mortara will be contesting his second season with the team in 2018:”In our first year together in the DTM there was a lot to learn,” he reveals. It wasn’t a great season for me, so I’m really looking forward to this season where I want to do better. There are also new rules and we all start at zero again. Hopefully it will be a successful season.”
Mercedes DTM team boss Ulrich Fritz joins him:”2018 is our last year in the DTM, but that doesn’t change anything about our enormous dedication, team spirit and commitment,”says the race director of the DTM in Stuttgart,”Every single team member from the drivers to the mechanics and engineers to the hospitality crew is highly motivated. Together we are pursuing only one goal: to conclude the last chapter of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport’s 30-year history in the history of DTM motorsport in a positive way”.
Mercedes wants to introduce the entire squad in “very near” future. According to information from’ Motorsport-Total. com’, the two places still open after Maro Engel (in Formula E) and Robert Wickens (into the IndyCar series) could go to former DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein and the Spaniard Daniel Juncadella, who was already active for Mercedes in the DTM from 2013 to 2016.
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