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Paffett set to miss opening DTM races due to FE clashes

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett is expected to miss the opening two rounds of the 2021 season at Monza and the Lausitzring due to clashes with Formula E.

Hawkey secures DTM move with Lamborghini squad
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Hawkey secures DTM move with Lamborghini squad

Former W Series racer Esmee Hawkey will make her debut in the DTM this year with T3 Motorsport, becoming the second female driver on the 2021 grid after Sophia Floersch.

Audi DTM team boss likens "wiser" Muller to Rast

Nico Muller has matured as a driver over the years and has a “lot of similarities” with his Audi DTM predecessor Rene Rast, according to Team Rosberg chief Kimmo Liimatainen.

Hawkey set to join DTM in second Lamborghini

Lamborghini squad T3 Motorsport is set to expand its presence in the DTM by adding a second car for former W Series racer Esmee Hawkey.

DTM reduces Monza race distance over fuel mileage fears

The DTM’s first-ever races under GT3 regulations at Monza will run to a reduced duration of 50 minutes to avoid the risk of cars running out of fuel.

Mercedes driver Auer shrugs off BMW tyre criticism

Mercedes driver Lucas Auer has hailed Michelin for producing a “great” and “consistent” tyre following unease in the BMW camp over the DTM’s move to the S8M medium compound.

DTM tyre choice "doesn't work for BMW", says Rowe boss

Long-time BMW GT3 squad Rowe Racing has voiced its displeasure at the DTM’s tyre choice for the 2021 season, saying Michelin’s S8M compound “doesn’t work" for the M6 GT3.

Why ex-F1 racer Klien hasn't raced in the DTM until now

Ex-Formula 1 racer Christian Klien says he never seriously considered racing in the DTM until the championship’s move to GT3 cars presented an opportunity to contest a part campaign in 2021.

BMW DTM team voices fuel mileage fears for Monza

There is a real risk of DTM cars running out of fuel in the season-opening round at Monza due to the aggressive Balance of Performance employed by the series, according to BMW squad Walkenhorst Motorsport.

DTM still without fuel supplier as first GT3 race looms

The DTM is still without a fuel partner with just a month to go for the start of its first GT3 season at Monza in June.

Glock getting to grips with 'Space Drive' system in DTM

Timo Glock says he is still adjusting to the 'Space Drive' steer-by-wire system on his BMW M6 GT3 following the final DTM test at the Lausitzring.

Have Audi and BMW been hiding their pace in DTM testing?

The disparity in performance between different manufacturers in DTM pre-season testing has prompted discussions regarding the true performance of the cars, with many questioning why Audi and BMW were so far off the pace. 

DTM set to use single Michelin tyre in first GT3 season
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DTM set to use single Michelin tyre in first GT3 season

The DTM is set to rely on a single tyre compound for the 2021 season under GT3 regulations, opting for the medium rubber from Michelin’s range.

Gotz leads Lawson, Albon as DTM testing ends

Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz remained on top as the DTM's final pre-season test of 2021 came to a conclusion at the Lausitzring on Thursday.

Gotz leads Albon on second day of DTM Lausitzring testing

Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz topped the timesheets on the second day of DTM pre-season testing at Lausitzring, beating Red Bull’s Formula 1 reserve Alex Albon.

Mercedes quickest as DTM testing resumes at Lausitzring
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Mercedes quickest as DTM testing resumes at Lausitzring

Maximilian Gotz led a 1-2-3-4-5 for Mercedes as the second and final DTM pre-season test of the 2021 season got underway in mixed conditions at the Lausitzring on Tuesday.

KTM could join DTM this year with Red Bull backing

KTM could make its debut in the new-look DTM this year with the new X-Bow car in a project backed by Red Bull, Motorsport.com's sister platform Motorsport-Total.com (Germany) reports.

Lamborghini to be represented in DTM by T3 Motorsport

Italian supercar brand Lamborghini will be represented in the DTM for the first time at the start of its new GT3 era in 2021.

Opinion: DTM has proved naysayers wrong with GT3 move

The DTM’s decision to drop Class One in favour of GT3 regulations was met with a largely negative response last year, but a strong cast of drivers and manufacturer-backed teams has restored faith in the championship ahead of the start of its new era, says Rachit Thukral.

Mercedes wants open exhaust system in DTM this year

Mercedes wants the DTM to introduce open exhaust systems in the series this year to boost the sound made by the cars.

Button could make guest appearances in DTM next year

2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button could make guest appearances in the DTM in 2022 at the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3, according to the co-owner of Jenson Team Rocket RJN, Chris Buncombe.

Porsche team's DTM plans thwarted by car unavailability

Speed Monkeys’ plans to step up to the DTM have been thwarted by the unavailability of a used Porsche 911 GT3 R at a competitive price.

Glock, Muller wary of threat from "GT3 specialists" in DTM
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Glock, Muller wary of threat from "GT3 specialists" in DTM

Timo Glock and Nico Muller believe they could face a stern challenge from “GT3 specialists” in the new-look DTM this year.

Rowe Racing won't enter Porsche in DTM this year

Rowe Racing will not enter a Porsche on top of its existing two-car BMW programme in the DTM, team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf has clarified.

DTM wants to be the fastest GT3 series in 2021

The DTM is aiming to become the fastest GT3 championship in the world in 2021 with an aggressive use of the Balance of Performance system, according to the series’ technical chief.

Albon: Reserve duties will play bigger role than DTM in F1 return
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Albon: Reserve duties will play bigger role than DTM in F1 return

Alex Albon believes his test and reserve driver duties with Red Bull will play a bigger role in securing a potential Formula 1 return than anything he does in the DTM.

Paffett reveals story behind unlikely DTM return
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Paffett reveals story behind unlikely DTM return

Gary Paffett says he didn’t originally intend to race in the new-look DTM and it was only a phone call in late February that put in motion a series of events that secured his return to the series.

Gallery: New GT3 era of DTM begins

The new GT3 era of the DTM officially got underway with a two-day test at the Hockenheim circuit this week. Scroll down for a selection of pictures from the test.

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, Motorsport.com 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, Motorsport.com 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.