The pair will join a complete Mercedes-Benz line-up comprising Gary Paffett, Bruno Spengler, Ralf Schumacher, Jamie Green, Susie Stoddart, David Coulthard and Maro Engel. The announcement means that Chinese driver Congfu Cheng is without a drive in 2011.
The two rookies will compete in 2008-spec C-Class cars alongside Stoddart, Coulthard, and Engel, while the rest will use the newer 2009-spec challengers, with Green being promoted into the 2009-spec group after a hugely impressive 2010 season in the older machinery.
Vietoris will dovetail his DTM duties with a full season in the GP2 championship, and the German is confident he will be able to adapt to the demands of two very different categories from week-to-week.
“DTM is one of the most prestigious racing series in the world. The switch from a single seater to a touring car is a huge challenge, but I feel I have adjusted quickly to the C-Class and settled in well with the team during the tests,” he is quoted as saying.
Van der Zande has been on Mercedes-Benz’s books for a while since his days in Formula 3, and he recently completed a season in GP3.
“Obtaining a DTM cockpit with Mercedes-Benz is a dream come true. I know that I face a big challenge, but I will be doing my very best to acclimatise myself to DTM racing and to master the stern AMG Mercedes C-Class in the fastest possible time,” he added.
[Image via Mercedes-Benz]
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