Wickens remains cagey over 2018 plans

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Wickens remains cagey over 2018 plans
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
Co-author: Julia Spacek
Sep 10, 2017, 7:05 PM

Robert Wickens is still uncertain which series he will race in next season, as he explores opportunities in preparation for when Mercedes-Benz pulls out of DTM at the end of 2018.

Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe
Podium: Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Robert Wickens, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe

Wickens, who finished third and first in the two DTM rounds at Nurburgring this weekend, is the second highest Mercedes driver in the championship, and lies ninth. However, the withdrawal of Mercedes and the subsequent question marks hanging over the series, have prompted him to look at other options.

Notably, he has expressed a strong in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and has not only performed a ride-swap with Canadian compatriot James Hinchcliffe this year, but also subbed for Mikhail Alehsin in the other Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda on the first day at Road America.

Yesterday Sam Schmidt told Motorsport.com that Wickens remains on his list of possible candidates for the #7 SPM entry in 2018.

Wickens, asked about remaining in DTM, told Motorsport.com Germany: “We’re taking it one day at a time. I’m obviously looking at options to see what’s going on, because to be frank, I can never really trust other people fully.

“I know that motorsport can change quickly and I don’t want to sit back and maybe miss an opportunity. So I’m definitely seeking options, but if I end up in DTM again next year, I’m going to have the biggest smile on my face.

"If I end up somewhere else it’s going to be a new challenge and a new experience. But I’ll deal with that when it happens.”

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Series DTM
Drivers Robert Wickens
Teams Mercedes Shop Now , Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Author David Malsher
Article type Breaking news