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Mercedes confirms line-up for 2017 DTM season

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Mercedes confirms line-up for 2017 DTM season
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Jan 26, 2017, 9:08 AM

Mercedes has confirmed its six driver line-up for the upcoming DTM campaign, with Maro Engel rejoining the series for the first time in six years.

Gary Paffett, HWA AG
Edoardo Mortara, HWA AG
Lucas Auer, Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Edoardo Mortara, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Paul Di Resta, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Robert Wickens and Lucas Auer,Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Maro Engel, Mücke Motorsport, AMG Mercedes C-Klasse
Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team ART, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Lucas Auer, Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM

Last year's DTM runner-up Edoardo Mortara became the first of Mercedes' six 2017 drivers to be named last October, when his move across from Audi was announced.

Now the Stuttgart marque has unveiled the rest of its drivers, with Robert Wickens, Gary Paffett, Paul di Resta and Lucas Auer all being retained for another season.

They are joined by Venturi Formula E driver Engel, who previously raced for Mercedes in DTM from 2008-11.

The German however faces two calendar clashes as the all-electric championship's visits to Paris and Brussels both co-incide with DTM rounds.

"I definitely have some unfinished business with the DTM," said Engel.

"I am very pleased that I've been able to battle my way back into the squad over the past few years and that I now have a chance to prove myself in the coming season."

Maximilian Gunther, who is expected to remain with the Prema European Formula 3 squad, will act as reserve and test driver.

Of Mercedes' 2016 line-up, Dani Juncadella, Christian Vietoris and Maxi Gotz have been dropped, while Felix Rosenqvist was also passed over for a seat.

All six Mercedes drivers will be run by the HWA team, following the exit of both the Mucke and ART squads from the series.

2017 DTM driver line-up:

ManufacturerDrivers
Mercedes

 Edoardo Mortara

 Robert Wickens

 Gary Paffett

 Paul di Resta

 Lucas Auer

 Maro Engel

Audi

 Mattias Ekstrom

 Nico Muller

 Jamie Green

 Rene Rast

 Mike Rockenfeller

 Loic Duval

BMW

 Marco Wittmann

 Timo Glock

 Augusto Farfus

 Bruno Spengler

 Tom Blomqvist

 Maxime Martin

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Series DTM
Drivers Gary Paffett , Paul di Resta , Robert Wickens , Maro Engel , Edoardo Mortara , Lucas Auer
Teams HWA AG
Author Jamie Klein