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David Schumacher joins DTM in 2022 with Winward Mercedes

David Schumacher will make his sportscar racing debut in 2022 as part of an expanded eight-car Mercedes roster in the DTM.

David Schumacher, Trident

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The 20-year-old will join reigning champion Maximilian Gotz and seven-time race winner Lucas Auer at Winward Racing, which finished third in last year’s teams’ standings behind AF Corse and Abt Sportsline.

The announcement follows Schumacher’s appearance in Mercedes’ young driver test at Paul Ricard in November, when the German driver got his first opportunity to drive the Mercedes-AMG GT3 he will race full-time in 2022.

Schumacher enters the DTM with over four years of single-seater experience, having most recently finished 11th in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 standings with a maiden victory at the Red Bull Ring.

He follows in the footsteps of his father and ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher, who was a part of Mercedes’ factory DTM line-up between 2008-12, and uncle Michael Schumacher, who made select appearances in the DTM with the Stuttgart-based brand in 1990-91.

“I am aware that I have to learn a lot to hold my own in this unbelievably high-class race series," said Schumacher.

"My goal for the first year is to get used to the race car and to take in the many details that are important in DTM. With Lucas and Maximilian, I have two vastly experienced teammates towards whom I can orientate myself.”

Lucas Auer, Mercedes AMG Team Winward Mercedes AMG GT3

Lucas Auer, Mercedes AMG Team Winward Mercedes AMG GT3

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Winward enjoyed a strong first season in the DTM in 2021, with DTM returnee Auer and Philip Ellis winning three races between them and playing an instrumental role in Gotz’s title triumph.

Gotz has since joined the team to replace IMSA-bound Ellis, while Schumacher has been hired to drive the team’s third Mercedes in 2022.

The late signing of Schumacher cements Mercedes’ status as having the largest manufacturer presence in the DTM for a second season running.

Apart from Winward running three AMG GT3s, GruppeM (Maro Engel, Mikael Grenier) and Haupt Racing Team (Luca Stolz, Arjun Maini) will each run two entries, while Mucke will continue with a single car for Maximilian Buhk.

“We all know how high the level in DTM is, so from that perspective, his maiden season in this very tough competitive environment can be nothing but a learning year," said team principal team principal Christian Hohenadel.

"With all our experience, we will be supporting him as much as we can. I am convinced that David will be bringing us a lot of joy with his talent, his diligence and his team spirit. There is no doubt that he has the perfect genes.”

DTM inching closer to a 30-car field

More driver and team announcements are expected in the coming weeks, which could push the size of the grid to a record 30 cars.

Lamborghini outfit T3 Motorsport is expected to continue its collaboration with female racer Esmee Hawkey for a second season in the DTM.

Youngster Maximilian Paul, who put in a fine performance during a guest appearance in Austria last year, is also a candidate for a full season berth at T3.

Red Bull has already committed to the series, but the energy drinks giant has yet to announce who will drive its two AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GT3 cars in the series. The decision has been complicated by its junior drivers having clashing commitments in other categories, including F3 and Formula 2.

2022 DTM grid so far:

Manufacturer Team Driver
Audi  Abt Sportsline Rene Rast
Kelvin van der Linde
Ricardo Feller
Team Rosberg Nico Muller
Dev Gore
Attempto Racing Marius Zug
BMW Walkenhorst Motorsport Marco Wittmann
Esteban Muth
Schubert Motorsport Sheldon van der Linde
Philipp Eng
Mercedes Winward Racing Maximilian Gotz
Lucas Auer
David Schumacher
Haupt Racing Team (HRT) Luca Stolz
Arjun Maini
GruppeM Mikael Grenier
Maro Engel
Mucke Motorsport Maximilian Buhk
Lamborghini Grasser Racing Team Mirko Bortolotti
Clemens Schmid
Alessio Deledda 
Rolf Ineichen
Porsche Team Bernhard 75 Thomas Preining
SSR Performance TBA
TBA
Ferrari AF Corse (Red Bull) TBA
TBA

Total cars confirmed so far: 27

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