Ex-Formula One particular driver Vitaly Petrov joins Mercedes for DTM campaign: Russian will drive in German touring-auto series in 2014

Russian will drive in German touring-automobile series in 2014

By: Autoweek Workers on March one, 2014

Vitaly Petrov drove for Caterham in Formula One in 2012.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Vitaly Petrov drove for Caterham in Formula One particular in 2012.

Mercedes-Benz has recruited former Renault and Caterham Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov to drive for it in the 2014 DTM touring-vehicle series in Germany.

Final 12 months, Petrov drove a Mercedes-Benz DTM race taxi at the Moscow City Race promotion close to Red Square, and once more at the DTM premiere at Moscow Raceway. He very first tested a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe in January in Portimão, Portugal.

Petrov commented, “The DTM is a fantastic racing series and I am quite satisfied that Mercedes-Benz are offering me the likelihood to compete against the world’;s ideal touring vehicle drivers. I have a steep learning curve ahead of me, but I adore a challenge and accept it gladly. Motor racing is becoming ever much more popular in Russia and I’;m particular that we will see numerous much more Russian racing drivers in various series in the future. I hope I can do my portion in the DTM to make our sport a lot more popular in my home country.“

Mercedes-Benz Motorsport director Toto Wolff extra, “Vitaly had a effective test at Portimão and I am positive he will be beneficial member of our crew, and a excellent asset for Mercedes-Benz in the Russian market place. I am hunting forward to seeing how factors will build for him within the DTM.”

Petrov is joining an remarkable 2014 Mercedes DTM squad that includes former champions Paul Di Resta – himself a former F1 driver, for Force India — and Gary Paffett, who has examined McLaren F1 automobiles extensively.

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