Four well-known star drivers
Mercedes-AMG relies on a well-proven quartet in the 2018 DTM season that will be kicked off on 04th May at Hockenheim With Gary Paffett, Lucas Auer, Edoardo Mortara and Paul Di Resta, the six-driver line-up features four well-known faces that also raced for the brand with the star in 2017. And Mercedes-AMG also will announce the other two drivers before long. .
Gary Paffett is going to contest his 15th DTM season. "In the off-season we and the engineers worked hard and the team is just as committed as it used to be in the past. They are fully focused and want to leave DTM with a feeling of success," says the 38-year old Briton who contested a total of 165 DTM races, thus being the most experienced driver on the grid. Paul Di Resta also has got ambitious goals for the season: "New challenges, new chances. I'm really curious about the new season. Everybody in the team displays this quantum of extra motivation to make for a positive finish of the DTM project," reveals the Scot who is about to contest his ninth season on the grid of the popular touring-car series.
The 2005 (Paffett) and 2010 (Di Resta) DTM champions will once again be joined - inter alia - by Lucas Auer. "The last season in DTM will be something very special for Mercedes," says the Austrian. "We all are dying to contest this season and want to finish our DTM involvement in great style. 2017 already was a good year for me and it will be interesting to find out how I will be able to improve this year."
Edoardo Mortara is going to contest his second season for the Stuttgarters. "In our first joint DTM season I had to learn a lot. It wasn't a terrific season for me and therefore, I particularly am looking forward to 2018. A season I want to secure a better result in. We all once again start from scratch. I hope it will be a successful season."
A point of view shared by Team Principal Ulrich Fritz: "2018 will be our final year in DTM but this doesn't make any impact on our enormous commitment, team spirit and dedication. We all have got just one goal: to make for a positive final chapter of the 30 years of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport's DTM history and leave the series on a high."