A defiant Jamie Green believes he has every opportunity to win the 2011 DTM championship, but only if he’s given the opportunity to drive the latest-spec Mercedes-Benz in this year’s championship season.
The DTM veteran of six seasons was demoted to the older-spec car at the start of the 2009 season, but has managed to take back-to-back victories at the Norisring rounds over the last two years. As well as this, he was the highest-placed driver using an older-spec car in last year’s championship standings, finishing sixth overall on 32 points.
The 28-year-old is hoping that, by still proving competitive in the older machinery, he would be a viable prospect to move into Mercedes’ front-line HWA team, should – as widely believed – the newly crowned champion Paul di Resta be offered a race seat at the Force India F1 squad for the 2011 season.
“Being placed in an older-spec car could have been a downward spiral in my career, so to have won a race and performed well consistently is exactly the answer I wanted to give to the situation,” he told audience members during an interview on stage at the AUTOSPORT International Show.
“I hope I get a latest-spec car to show what I am capable of – and challenge for and hopefully win the championship,” he added.
“Winning the championship in DTM is difficult. I’ve been there for six years. I would have liked to win the championship and I don’t want to stop in the DTM until I have won at least one championship. So hopefully I have a long and successful career ahead of me.”
The 2011 DTM season will be the last for the championship under the current regulations, with new rules coming in to place next year, which have proved attractive enough to entice BMW to make a return to the championship.
“To be at the stage where other top brands want to come on board is very important and will hopefully secure the long-term future of DTM, which is great,” Green added.
“There will be at least three manufacturers, and it could be four or five, for 2012 and then hopefully it can escalate into a top-line series.”
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