Renger van der Zande has lost his DTM seat with Mercedes

The presence of a Dutch round on this year’s DTM calendar has not been enough to secure local driver Renger van der Zande a second season with Mercedes’ line-up for the upcoming championship season.

The 26-year-old – a former race-winner in Formula 3 – made his debut in the DTM championship last year with the Persson Motorsport team, achieving a pair of tenth-placed finishes.

But the Dodewaard-born driver has lost out on the chance at a second year in Germany’s premier tin-top series, placing the blame squarely at the feet of the current economic climate.

“It’s the way things are in car racing right now. In Formula 1, too, the majority of seats have been bought. That means that those of us who mainly rely on their talent and their track record will have to jostle for a good seat,” the Dutch driver said.

“I’m not that bothered myself: I see it as a fact of life. I entered the international arena at a wrong time, and unfortunately, I don’t have a large home base or ‘rich uncle’ to offer. I am very happy about the fact that I am a welcome face to many team managers in relevant car racing classes.”

It is believed that Mercedes is looking to secure the services of Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robert Wickens.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.