Susie Wolff will remain in the DTM championship for a seventh season with Mercedes, the German carmaker has announced.
The 29-year-old Scottish driver will continue to race for the Persson Motorsport; sponsorship from TV Spielfilm will again bless her with a hot pink Mercedes AMG C-Coupé racer (pictured below).
But, for the first time, she will be racing in a current-spec car, as the series’ new rules have brought about brand new car designs for the incumbent manufacturers, Audi and Mercedes – BMW returns to the championship this season with its own bespoke design.
“I’m really motivated and I have been working hard all winter to prepare myself physically and mentally for what is bound to be a very close and competitive season.”
Until October last year, Wolff competed under her maiden name Stoddart, before she married Williams shareholder Toto Wolff. Her best championship result came in 2010, when she finished thirteenth overall in the championship standings.
Widely-regarded for her hard-charging racing style, she has failed to achieve better race results on account of her both not being a strong qualifier or being able to get off the starting grid well.
“Susie has set her sights very high for 2012 and cannot wait to get out there and achieve good results. I have often admired her speed in races, and there is not a single DTM driver or DTM champion around who has not had to contend with Susie’s fighting spirit on the racetrack,” said Mercedes Motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug.
“Provided she can secure a good position on the grid in our new-generation DTM C-Class Coupé, and get off the line well, then Susie will be even more of a force to be reckoned with in 2012. We are all looking forward to having Susie in our team of drivers for a seventh season – and I am confident that seven will be her lucky number, you’ll see!” he added.
Wolff is the fourth of Mercedes’ eight drivers to be confirmed for the upcoming DTM season, joining David Coulthard, Gary Paffett and Ralf Schumacher in the carmaker’s line-up.
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