Mercedes-Benz opts for youth when contesting the DTM
Ralf Schumacher has relinquished his position in the DTM cockpit to take on a new role as managing shareholder with RSC Mücke Motorsport, and one of his most important roles will be to support the development of young DTM drivers, Pascal Wehrlein and Daniel Juncadella.
New German driver Pascal Wehrlein is just 18 years and 188 days old, making him the youngest DTM driver ever. Mercedes-Benz has always been a premium, forward-thinking brand, and the choice of Wehrlein shows the manufacturer’s commitment to quality, regardless of age.
Wehrlein will drive the sixth DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé this coming season, and he will team up with Daniel Juncadella, current Formula 3 Euro Series runner-up. The two drivers are familiar with their respective styles, having both competed in Formula 3. Last year Juncadella impressed in the Formula 3 Euro Series championship, and before his move to Formula 3, highly rated Wehrlein won the Formula ADAC championship title in the 2011 season.
Mercedes-Benz now has the youngest team out of the three premium manufacturers competing in the DTM touring series. Wehrlein and Juncadella will be joined by Roberto Merhi (21), Christian Vietoris (23) and Robert Wickens (24), and the team will be completed by the steadying hand of experience driver Gary Paffett (31) – the reigning DTM champion. The combination of age and youth typifies the Mercedes-Benz approach to driving – with vehicles like the AMG range combining traditional charm with youthful vigour.
A delighted Pascal Wehrlein commented: “It’s like a dream come true, my promotion to the DTM. What’s especially nice is that I will be making my DTM debut with RSC Mücke Motorsport. I know Peter Mücke’s and Ralf Schumacher’s team already from previous years when I first competed for the outfit in the Formula ADAC and then later in the Formula 3 Euro Series. Working together always went well and I can’t wait to get down to the business of setting up my new DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé for the season opener at Hockenheim with the guys from Mücke.”