Canadian racer Robert Wickens has been confirmed as part of the Mercedes-Benz squadron for this year’s DTM.
The announcement was made Thursday morning in Stuttgart, Germany. After winning the drivers' and team championship last season, the Mercedes-AMG DTM team will retain seven of the eight drivers for the 2016 season.
Their new driver is 19-year-old Esteban Ocon who will be a new face on the grid, but the Frenchman is no stranger to the Mercedes-Benz family. As a Mercedes Junior, Ocon won last year's GP3 Series, which races on Formula 1 weekends, and he attended every DTM race as a Mercedes-AMG DTM test and reserve driver in order to gain valuable experience.
With DTM champions Paul Di Resta (2010 champion, seventh DTM season) and Gary Paffett (2005 champion, thirteenth DTM season) plus Robert Wickens (fourth DTM season) and Christian Vietoris (sixth DTM season), the Mercedes-AMG DTM squad for the upcoming season includes four experienced DTM race winners. Spaniard Daniel Juncadella, who will be starting his fourth year in the DTM, is another experienced driver in the field. Maximilian Götz and Lucas Auer will both be entering their second DTM seasons in 2016.
Robert Wickens from Toronto - who won a race last year - will be driving car number 6 this season. "I'm confident that I can start the new season with new energy”, said Wickens.
"I'm really pleased to be back in the team for 2016. 2015 was not a particularly strong year for me. The Norisring was definitely the highlight of my season with a win and a second place. The second half of the season didn't go too well, but I'm confident that I can start the 2016 season with new energy."
The eight Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers are preparing for the new season this week at the annual fitness camp in La Manga. The first tests of the year will take place in Monteblanco, February 23rd-25th.
The 2016 DTM season gets under way on the weekend of May 6th-8th in Hockenheim.