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Auer, Mercedes fastest at Hockenheim as DTM test ends
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Auer, Mercedes fastest at Hockenheim as DTM test ends

Lucas Auer led a 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish for Mercedes at Hockenheim, as the first pre-season test of the 2021 DTM season came to a close on Thursday.

Mercedes leads first day of DTM testing with GT3 cars

Maximilian Gotz led a 1-2 finish for Mercedes in a snow-disrupted opening day of DTM pre-season test at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany.

Who is driving in the GT3-based DTM this year?

With testing for the new GT3 era of the DTM beginning on Wednesday, we’ve collated a list of all the teams and drivers to have been confirmed for the 2021 season so far.

Berger: Addition of top teams vindicates DTM's GT3 move

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the addition of top sportscar racing teams from Europe and Asia has vindicated the championship's decision to adopt GT3 regulations for this season.

Paffett returns to DTM as Mercedes names full line-up

Gary Paffett will return to the DTM this year as part of an expanded seven-car line-up of Mercedes factory-supported teams in the series.

BMW star Wittmann remains in DTM with Walkenhorst

Factory BMW driver Marco Wittmann has joined Walkenhorst Motorsport for its entry into the DTM in 2021.

Rast not ruling out DTM return amid impending Audi FE exit

Rene Rast is leaving the door open for a return to the DTM in 2022 due to Audi’s impending exit from Formula E at the end of the current campaign.

Maini makes DTM switch with Mercedes team GetSpeed

Former Haas Formula 1 development driver Arjun Maini will contest his first season in GT3 cars this year after joining the Mercedes-affiliated GetSpeed Racing team.

Glock joins Rowe Racing BMW for ninth DTM season

Timo Glock will drive a BMW M6 GT3 for Rowe Racing in the 2021 DTM season, partnering fellow factory BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde.

Jenson Button's team withdraws McLaren entry from DTM

Jenson Team Rocket RJN has backed out of its planned DTM entry and will instead focus its efforts on GT World Challenge Europe and British GT in 2021.

Factory Mercedes driver Juncadella returns to DTM with GruppeM

Daniel Juncadella will return to the DTM this year to drive GruppeM's sole factory-supported Mercedes entry in the series.

Floersch moves to DTM in Abt's third Audi R8 LMS

Abt will expand to three Audi Sports R8 LMS GT3 cars in the DTM this season after signing former FIA Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch.

DTM drive "natural" next step for Cassidy and Red Bull

Nick Cassidy says it was only “natural” for him and Red Bull to extend their relationship to a partial DTM programme following his move from Japan to Europe.

Ghiotto, Floersch set to race in DTM in 2021

Formula 2 race winner Luca Ghiotto and ex-Formula 3 racer Sophia Floersch are both poised to race in the DTM for the series' first season under GT3 regulations.

Klien to contest select DTM races in 2021 with McLaren

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien will make his DTM debut in 2021 as part of a three-race programme with JP Motorsport.

Porsche team "really optimistic" about entering DTM

The Speed Monkeys team is in an “advanced planning stage” to field a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the DTM this year for reigning DTM Trophy champion Tim Heinemann.

BMW driver van der Linde joins Rowe Racing's DTM effort

Factory BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde will remain in the DTM this year after signing a deal with BMW customer squad Rowe Racing.

DTM made failed bid for Hulkenberg to race Lamborghini

Gerhard Berger had planned a Lamborghini all-star team comprising Nico Hulkenberg and Jacques Villeneuve for the 2021 DTM season but he ultimately failed to strike a deal, has learned. 

Ex-F1 driver Klien to contest part campaign in DTM

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien has revealed that he will contest selected rounds of the 2021 DTM season in a Mercedes AMG GT3.

Auer returns to DTM with Mercedes customer Winward Racing

Lucas Auer will contest a sixth season in the DTM this year as part of a two-car Mercedes effort by the Rolex 24-winning HTP Winward Racing team.

Paffett in frame for DTM return with Mercedes team

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett is set to make a surprise return to the series in 2021 with Mercedes' customer Mucke Motorsport.

Abt signs Rockenfeller, van der Linde for 2021 DTM season

Mike Rockenfeller and Kelvin van der Linde will drive for the Abt Audi team for the first season of the DTM’s new GT3 era in 2021.

Auer set to return to Mercedes fold in the DTM

Lucas Auer is poised to return to the DTM as a factory driver for Mercedes in 2021, can reveal.

Muller switches to Team Rosberg for 2021 DTM season

Two-time DTM runner-up Nico Muller will switch to Team Rosberg for the championship's first season featuring GT3 cars in 2021, partnering American youngster Dev Gore.

Haupt commits to DTM with factory Mercedes support

Haupt Racing Team will enter two Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the DTM this season with factory support from the German manufacturer.

Rowe Racing enters DTM with BMW M6 GT3

Renowned sportscar racing outfit Rowe Racing has announced that it will enter the DTM with the BMW M6 GT3 in 2021.

Tom Kristensen reveals career secrets in ‘Mr Le Mans’ book

The most successful driver in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Tom Kristensen, has released a new and updated English language version of his award-winning biography, Mr Le Mans.

Opinion: Why safety cars are an outdated institution

The above headline might make some people feel uncomfortable. After all, we have become so used to seeing more races with safety cars (SC) nowadays than those without them, so we have never really dared to question it.

Aston Martin could be represented on 2021 DTM grid

Aston Martin could be represented on the 2021 DTM grid, having entered talks with the Racing One team about an entry with a Vantage GT3.

Rast confirms he won't return to the DTM in 2021

Rene Rast has announced that he won’t return to the DTM in the first year of its GT3 era to defend his title.

Walkenhorst Motorsport enters DTM with BMW M6 GT3

Walkenhorst Motorsport has announced that it will enter the DTM this season with the venerable BMW M6 GT3, making BMW the fifth different manufacturer to be represented in the series. 

2 Seas' DTM participation in doubt after Mercedes switch

The participation of 2 Seas Motorsport in the 2021 DTM season appears in doubt following the squad’s switch from McLaren to Mercedes machinery.

Three teams set to run Mercedes cars in DTM

Mercedes is set to be represented by a minimum of three teams on its return to the DTM following the championship's switch to GT3 rules for the 2021 season

Mercedes to support customer teams in DTM

Mercedes-AMG has announced that it will support its customer teams in the DTM this year, marking a return to the series for the first time since its factory exit in 2018.

Red Bull reveals DTM plans for Albon as Cassidy joins line-up

Red Bull has announced that AF Corse will run two Ferrari 488 GT3 Evos for Alex Albon, Liam Lawson and Nick Cassidy in the 2021 DTM season.

Auer and BMW announce split after just one season

Lucas Auer and BMW have mutually agreed to part ways after just a single year competing together in the DTM.

DTM announces two pre-season tests for 2021

The DTM will hold pre-season tests at Hockenheim and Lausitzring ahead of the start of its new GT3 era at Monza.

Kubica aiming for longterm LMP2 future, will not race DTM

Formula 1 test and reserve driver Robert Kubica has ruled out remaining in the DTM and is instead targeting a full-time move into the LMP2 prototype class.

Mercedes evaluating supporting customer teams in DTM

Mercedes is in discussions with the DTM regarding the possibility of supporting customer teams in the series, according to AMG customer support coordinator Thomas Jager. 

Phoenix rules out competing with Audi in DTM 2021

Phoenix Racing has ruled out continuing its relationship with Audi in the new privateer era of the DTM, but is exploring other options to stay in the series.

DTM drops Russia from calendar, Monza now season opener

The DTM has announced a slightly revised calendar for 2021 after receiving approval from the FIA, with Russia’s Igora Drive venue being dropped and Monza named the season opener.

Albon set to race Ferrari as part of Red Bull DTM programme

Alex Albon and Liam Lawson are set to race Ferrari 488 GT3s in the DTM as part of Red Bull’s return to the category, has learned.

Muller, Rockenfeller to stay in DTM in 2021 with Audi

Audi has announced that Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Muller will compete in the DTM in 2021, while leaving the door open for its other factory drivers to return to the series.

Frijns: DTM return difficult due to Formula E clashes

Robin Frijns has conceded that it might be tricky for him to continue full time in the DTM in 2021 due to potential clashes with Formula E and coronavirus-related uncertainties.

Ekstrom "worried" pay drivers could flood GT3-based DTM

Mattias Ekstrom is “worried” and “scared” that the DTM will get flooded with pay drivers when the series moves to GT3 regulations in 2021.

F1 exile Albon to compete in DTM with Red Bull backing

Alex Albon will contest select DTM races in 2021 with backing from Red Bull after being dropped by the energy drink brand’s flagship Formula 1 squad.

Audi could use DTM engine in its 'electric' Dakar entry

Audi’s Class One-spec DTM engine could find its way into the manufacturer’s upcoming ‘electric’ Dakar Rally challenger in 2022, has learned.

Auer: BMW could have erased Audi DTM deficit in 2021

Lucas Auer believes BMW could have overturned the deficit to Audi in 2021 had the DTM retained Class One regulations for another year.

Berger: Rast has "all elements of a perfect driver"

Gerhard Berger believes Rene Rast has "all the elements that define a perfect driver" following the German driver's run to a third DTM title in four years in 2020.

Team Rosberg second ex-Audi squad to confirm DTM stay

Team Rosberg has become the second ex-factory Audi squad to announce that it would remain in the DTM under GT3 regulations next year.

Berger targeting 20 cars, five manufacturers in DTM 2021
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Berger targeting 20 cars, five manufacturers in DTM 2021

DTM chief Gerhard Berger is expecting at least 20 cars from five different manufacturers to compete in the first season of the series’ GT3 era in 2021.

Zanardi: The man whose name is a synonym for “hero”

As a Paralympian, Alex Zanardi became a household name and an inspiration to millions. But his indomitable spirit and speed in a racecar had already made him a hero, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

Alex Zanardi responding to stimuli, says Italian media report

Former IndyCar star and Paralympic hero Alex Zanardi has made positive steps towards recovery and is responding to outside stimuli, according to an Italian media report.

Jenson Team Rocket RJN to join DTM in 2021

The Jenson Team Rocket RJN team, part-owned by 2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button, is planning to join the 2021 DTM field ahead of its switch to a GT3 formula.

Audi teams lay off staff but dismiss DTM exit rumours

Former factory Audi teams Phoenix and Rosberg have laid off some of their staff members, but both have denied this could mean they will not return to the DTM in 2021.

Abt team to remain in DTM under GT3 rules

Abt Sportsline has become the first existing DTM team to announce that it will stay in the series following its move to GT3 regulations in 2021.

Why electronics are key to managing modern engines in motorsports
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Why electronics are key to managing modern engines in motorsports

In modern motorsport, electronics have become king. Where there once were mechanics and technicians fettling a car for laptime, the modern-day equivalent features data and software engineers crunching the numbers to run the engine, brakes and other components in the most efficient way possible.

McLaren squad 2 Seas Motorsport joins DTM for 2021

McLaren will be represented in the DTM when it switches to GT3 regulations next year, with British GT squad 2 Seas Motorsport committing to a two-car entry with the 720S GT3.

BMW ends partnership with RBM

The Belgian RBM team that guided Andy Priaulx to a hat-trick of World Touring Car Championship titles has been released by BMW for next season. 

BMW ends its relationship with Schnitzer team

BMW will end its relationship with the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Schnitzer Motorsport squad after more than 50 years.