Presentation of the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Driver Line-up An even more attractive programme for the spectators at site and for the media With an informative and entertaining programme, the 2003 DTM presented their drivers and teams to more than 250...
Presentation of the 2003 Mercedes-Benz Driver Line-up
An even more attractive programme for the spectators at site and for the media With an informative and entertaining programme, the 2003 DTM presented their drivers and teams to more than 250 international media representatives and to the public in the amusement park Europa-Park Rust near Freiburg on Wednesday. The presentation gave a foretaste for the new season starting at Hockenheim from 25 to 27 April.
Nine Mercedes-Benz drivers will race against opposition from Abt-Audi and Opel. About 9,000 enthusiastic visitors attended the event in Germany's biggest amusement park. They attended the presentation and saw an acceleration competition with standing start, a tyre change competition for the teams and took part in a draw of co-drives in the DTM race taxi. Moreover, the new race cars were displayed and all drivers were there to sign autographs.
Three-times DTM champion and 2002 runner-up Bernd Schneider (38) will start for Mercedes-Benz as well as Jean Alesi (38), Uwe Alzen (35) and Marcel Fässler (26), all four at the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM; Christijan Albers (23), Thomas Jäger (26), Bernd Mayländer (31) and Stefan Mücke (21) as well as Japanese newcomer Katsutomo Kaneishi (34) will start with the 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM which visually equals the new model.
The 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM features a modified suspension and is aerodynamically more efficient. Performance and torque of the four-litre V8 engine have been slightly increased.
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"Since the series' premiere in 2000 the DTM has turned out really nicely and for the new season we expect a further improvement. The new race format with one race and two pit stops, the same start times in all events, and the increased efforts of our TV partners ARD and ZDF will contribute to present great sport to the spectators. I expect the competitiveness of the 2003 DTM to be even higher."