Mercedes-Benz has announced it has re-signed Ralf Schumacher for another season in the DTM championship.
The younger brother of seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael, the 36-year-old made his DTM debut in 2008 after an eleven-year career in Formula 1. Schumacher drove for the likes of Jordan, Williams and Toyota, earning six Grand Prix victories in a 180-race career.
Schumacher’s 2011 season has been his best DTM season to-date. He finished third in the season-opening race at Hockenheim, and followed that up with a second-placed finish on the series’ return to the old A1-Ring, now known as the Red Bull Ring, in Austria.
“Ralf Schumacher isn’t only the best-known driver in the DTM, he’s also one of the most-liked and most successful in international motorsport,” Mercedes competition boss Norbert Haug is quoted as saying during the announcement.
“I rate very highly the fact that Ralf walked the difficult road from Formula One to the DTM, boosted the series’ popularity and continuously improved until he scored his first podium.”
“DTM is a fantastic championship and, after four years as part of the Mercedes-Benz family, I feel in the best place possible,” Schumacher added.
“So I’m all the more delighted to be starting a new era next year together with Mercedes-Benz.
“With the new technical regulations and the arrival of BMW on the scene as the third premium manufacturer alongside Audi and Mercedes-Benz, DTM has an exciting future, and I feel privileged to be playing my part in development of the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe.”
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