There's been a major shakeup at the top of HWA, which will have a significant impact on Mercedes AMG in the German Touring Car Series (DTM).
HWA AG and their now former CEO, Gerhard Ungar, parted ways last week. HWA manages the Mercedes AMG DTM team.
Ungar had spent 26 years with HWA and AMG, so the news was certainly a surprise to everyone. He became the technical director 14 years ago and took over the position of CEO in 2012. The question now arises, who will be Ungar's successor and why did the split happen in the first place?
His departure comes off the heels of a disastrous season opener for Mercedes. They filled up the back of the grid for the opening round at Hockenheim and the race wasn't much better. None of their drivers were able to breach the top ten and thus, they left empty handed in terms of points.
In terms of a replacement, Chief Financial Officer Ulrich Fritz will fill the role temporarily. HWA released a statement regarding a permanent successor saying, "Only after an extensive analysis of the current situation, a replacement for Gerhard Unger will be appointed.”
The next round for Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters is set for May 18th, at the Oschersleben circuit.