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Sven Haidinger

At the age of 11, Sven wrote in a school essay titled "Me at 32" that he wants to become a Formula 1 journalist one day. No surprise, since his parents grew up not far from the old Österreichring, the monthly magazine rallye racing had been his favourite reading material since early childhood and Heinz Prüller's Grand Prix Story was the eagerly awaited Christmas present every year. To get closer to his dream, he applied to Christoph Amann's security company CAM in 2002 after high school to guard the motorhomes of David Coulthard, Jacques Villeneuve and Mika Salo during the European F1 season. Sven took the opportunity to ask the McLaren star for an interview - the first of his life. During his journalism studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna, which he completed in 2010, he learned his journalistic craft at the Sportmagazin publishing house from 2006 onwards - whether by managing the motorsport section at sportnet.at, on-site reporting from Formula 1 and other events for SportWoche or writing magazine stories. After a brief interlude as co-organiser of the Austrian motorsport show Racingshow, Sven moved to Motorsport-Total.com in 2010. Two years ago, he took over the DTM channel - and with investigative research quickly advanced to become one of the leading journalists in this field.

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WRC legend Loeb came close to joining DTM with BMW 10 years ago

Rally legend Sebastien Loeb has revealed that he came “quite close” to joining the DTM with BMW a decade ago following his retirement from the World Rally Championship.

DTM responds to Porsche team's "unfair" BoP claims

DTM boss Gerhard Berger has refuted SSR Performance’s claim that Porsche wasn’t correctly balanced against the opposition during the opening round of the 2022 season at Portimao.

"Special" Loeb's performance on DTM debut was "impressive"

The speed demonstrated by rally legend Sebastien Loeb on his DTM debut was “impressive” and it proves that he is a “special” driver, says his Red Bull teammate Felipe Fraga.

Porsche team unhappy with BoP in Portimao DTM opener

SSR Performance team owner Stefan Schlund feels Porsche wasn’t balanced correctly against its rivals in the opening round of the 2022 DTM season at Portimao.

Rast laments "difficult" Portimao weekend after point-less DTM return

Factory Audi driver Rene Rast felt there was nothing he could do to escape the train of cars and score some points in the second race of the Portimao season opener.

Red Bull's Fraga admits speed on DTM debut came as relief

Red Bull driver Felipe Fraga said he was pleased to prove that he can be competitive on his DTM debut at Portimao, having doubted his speed coming into the weekend.

Is there a risk of NASCAR-style pitstop specialists in DTM?

As the DTM embarks on the second season of its GT3 era, there is a real risk that teams might start hiring NASCAR-style pitstop specialists to gain even the smallest of advantage over their rivals.

Why the DTM is holding Portimao pre-season test at night

The DTM is holding its final pre-season test of 2022 at Portimao this week, but intriguingly much of the running will take place at night.

How Fraga's Red Bull DTM drive has been 10 years in the making

Few would have picked Felipe Fraga to lead Red Bull’s second assault on the DTM in 2022 following Liam Lawson’s departure from the category. But Fraga’s history with the DTM goes back almost a decade, and he is talented enough to take on some of the best drivers in the world of GT racing.

Loeb's DTM entry surprised championship boss Berger

DTM chief Gerhard Berger admits he was surprised to learn that World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb will be making his debut in the series with Red Bull this month.

Why a works Aston Martin driver will race a Lamborghini in DTM

Factory Aston Martin driver Nicki Thiim will be competing in the DTM for the first time this year, but oddly he will do so not at the wheel of a Vantage GT3 but a Lamborghini Huracan.

Loeb tests Red Bull's Ferrari DTM car, linked to race seat

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has tested Red Bull’s DTM car at the Spa-Francorchamps this week, raising speculation that he could make his race debut in the GT3-based series.

BMW driver Glock in frame for Italian GT switch after DTM exit

Timo Glock is in frame for a surprise switch to the Italian GT series following his departure from the DTM, while fellow factory BMW driver Bruno Spengler could face a year on the sidelines.

David Schumacher 'adapting well' to GT3 ahead of DTM debut

Winward Mercedes boss Christian Hohenadel feels David Schumacher has been doing a fine job adapting to various aspects of a GT3 car as he prepares for his first season in the DTM.

Rowe BMW team denies poor results influenced DTM exit

BMW outfit Rowe Racing has denied suggestions that a lack of results played a role in its departure from the DTM after a single season, saying the team “doesn’t shy away from sporting failure”.

Porsche GT3 star Vanthoor set for DTM debut in 2022

Factory Porsche driver Laurens Vanthoor is being tipped to join the DTM this year as part of SSR Performance’s two-car entry into the category.

Mercedes team GetSpeed likely to exit DTM

Mercedes team GetSpeed appears set to exit the DTM despite having signalled plans to expand to two cars for the 2022 season last year.

DTM says 30 cars the upper limit for 2022 season

The DTM may allow a maximum of 30 cars in 2022 amid increasing interest from teams for the championship’s second season under GT3 regulations.

Mercedes DTM driver roster set for major shake-up in 2022

Mercedes is set to contest the 2022 DTM season with a rejigged driver line-up, with reigning champion Maximilian Gotz switching teams and Luca Stolz and Maro Engel being brought on board full-time.

How BMW's DTM line-up could look in 2022

BMW appears close to finalising its DTM driver line-up for the 2022 season after announcing its roster of works drivers this week.

Porsche set to sign Abt technical director as new Formula E chief

Porsche is set to install former Audi engineer Florian Modlinger as its project manager for its Formula E team, prising him from his role as Abt's technical director.

Red Bull poised to stay in DTM next year despite exit threat
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Red Bull poised to stay in DTM next year despite exit threat

Red Bull now appears set to continue in the DTM for a second season in 2022, partnering again with the Ferrari-supported AF Corse team.

Grasser to join DTM in 2022 with four Lamborghini GT3 cars
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Grasser to join DTM in 2022 with four Lamborghini GT3 cars

Renowned Lamborghini squad Grasser Racing will move to the DTM next year, fielding four Huracan GT3 Evos with factory support from the Italian supercar manufacturer.

David Schumacher leads Mercedes DTM rookie test line-up
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David Schumacher leads Mercedes DTM rookie test line-up

Formula 3 race winner David Schumacher will drive a Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Paul Ricard this week as part of the German manufacturer’s Young Driver DTM test.

Berger: Controversial Norisring finale has "damaged" DTM Norisring
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Berger: Controversial Norisring finale has "damaged" DTM

DTM chief Gerhard Berger admits that the Norisring finale has “damaged” the series’ reputation and he will “personally” work on a solution in the winter break.

Marko says van der Linde deserved ban after Norisring DTM

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko feels Kelvin van der Linde should have received a ban for wrecking Liam Lawson’s DTM title hopes at the Norisring.

Rast, Muller join Audi's LMDh programme for 2023

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast and series frontrunner Nico Muller have been announced as Audi’s first two drivers for its return to Le Mans 24 Hours in 2023.

Red Bull Ferrari boss labels Norisring DTM finale a "disgrace"

Red Bull AF Corse boss Ron Riechert has labelled Sunday's final DTM race a "disgrace", as team orders and an opening lap collision played a key role in deciding the outcome of the championship.

Lawson hits out at "idiot" van der Linde after losing DTM title Norisring
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Lawson hits out at "idiot" van der Linde after losing DTM title

Red Bull protege Liam Lawson lashed out at "idiot" Kelvin van der Linde after losing the DTM title at the Norisring, describing him as the "dirtiest guy" he's ever raced against.

BMW team's mid-weekend BoP test request turned down

The Walkenhorst BMW team approached the DTM about conducting a Balance of Performance test after a tough showing in Saturday's first Hockenheim race, but its request was vetoed by rival squads.

Why Lawson was not to blame for Assen startline chaos

Polesitter Liam Lawson left it until the last possible moment to go full throttle at the start of the first DTM race at Assen, but the Red Bull junior wasn’t to blame for the chaos that ensued behind him.

DTM pitstop rules to remain unchanged in 2021 after calls for BoP

The DTM has decided against bringing pitstops under the purview of Balance of Performance in 2021 following an investigation into the apparent advantage enjoyed by Ferrari and Mercedes teams.

How the DTM's remote electric prototype demo was done

The DTM demonstrated the remote control capabilities of its all-electric prototype with a live run at the Red Bull Ring this month.

Ludwig says DTM should target 10 different GT3 manufacturers
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Ludwig says DTM should target 10 different GT3 manufacturers

Three-time DTM champion Klaus Ludwig has called on more manufacturers to join the revamped GT3-based series after seven brands were represented on the grid at the Nurburgring last weekend.

DTM drivers, team bosses hit out at 'bumper car' racing

The driving standards in the DTM have come under fire after a wild race at the Nurburgring that was marred by several on-track collisions and two safety car periods.

Audi's Rockenfeller criticises Lawson for race-ending DTM crash

Audi's Mike Rockenfeller has criticised Red Bull’s Liam Lawson for the incident that eliminated him and championship leader Kelvin van der Linde from the second Nurburgring DTM race.

Bernhard's Porsche team set for talks to join DTM

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Timo Bernhard is set to meet DTM bosses this weekend to discuss a potential entry for his Porsche team to the series.

Paffett forced to abandon plans to return to DTM in 2021
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Paffett forced to abandon plans to return to DTM in 2021

Factory Mercedes driver Gary Paffett will not compete in the 2021 DTM season having already skipped the opening three rounds of the campaign, according to Motorsport.com’s sister title Motorsport-Total.com.

Mercedes set to add ninth car for Nurburgring DTM races Nurburgring
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Mercedes set to add ninth car for Nurburgring DTM races

Mercedes will have a significantly expanded presence in the Nurburgring round of the DTM season, with the addition of a ninth AMG GT3 for GT World Challenge Europe champion Luca Stolz.

Van der Linde says Mercedes DTM drivers were playing 'games' Zolder
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Van der Linde says Mercedes DTM drivers were playing 'games'

Audi GT3 ace Kelvin van der Linde says Mercedes DTM drivers were playing ‘games’ at Zolder, having been stuck behind Philip Ellis for much of the second race on Sunday.

Winkelhock set to make DTM return at the Nurburgring

One-time Formula 1 starter Markus Winkelhock is set to make a surprise return to the DTM this month according to Motorsport.com's sister title Motorsport-Total.com.

Audi's Rockenfeller calls for DTM to equalise pitstops

Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller has called on the DTM to equalise the speed of pitstops between different teams, highlighting the major advantage currently enjoyed by the Red Bull Ferrari team.

Red Bull's DTM rivals 'don't stand a chance' in pitstops

Red Bull’s DTM rivals have said they feel they don’t stand a chance at beating the AF Corse squad in pitstops this season.

DTM to use oval-based layout for Lausitzring round Lausitzring
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DTM to use oval-based layout for Lausitzring round

The DTM is set to incorporate parts of the Lausitzring oval layout when it heads to the German venue later this month for the second round of the 2021 season.

Floersch 'expected more' from DTM debut at Monza

Formula 3 graduate Sophia Floersch says she expected more from her debut weekend in the DTM at Monza after failing to crack the top 15.

Monza DTM results pending as Mercedes team is investigated

The results for the first DTM qualifying session at Monza remain provisional due to "a pending procedure", with the series understood to be investigating a fuel sample on Vincent Abril's Mercedes.

Lamborghini squad set to add third car for Lausitzring DTM

T3 Motorsport could expand to a third Lamborghini Huracan GT3 car for next month’s DTM’s round at the Lausitzring.

Why DTM was slower than GT World Challenge at Monza Monza
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Why DTM was slower than GT World Challenge at Monza

The DTM was unable to meet its target of becoming the fastest GT3 series in the world at Monza, with outright lap times fractionally slower than GT World Challenge Europe.

Mercedes DTM drivers unhappy with Monza BoP changes

Mercedes DTM drivers feel Audi and BMW were out of reach following two successive rounds of Balance of Performance adjustments during the season opening round at Monza.

Ferrari, Mercedes get BoP hit ahead of second Monza DTM race Monza
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Ferrari, Mercedes get BoP hit ahead of second Monza DTM race

The DTM has pegged back the performance of Mercedes and Ferrari ahead of second qualifying for the Monza season opener.

DTM targeting Autumn date for postponed Norisring round

The DTM is planning to reschedule the postponed Norisring event in Autumn and has assured that there will be eight events on this year’s calendar.

Paffett explains decision to skip two DTM rounds

Gary Paffett says he didn't want to "compromise" Mercedes' title chances in Formula E by skipping certain races of the all-electric series to compete in the clashing DTM events.

Paffett set to miss opening DTM races due to FE clashes

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett is expected to miss the opening two rounds of the 2021 season at Monza and the Lausitzring due to clashes with Formula E.

Audi DTM team boss likens "wiser" Muller to Rast

Nico Muller has matured as a driver over the years and has a “lot of similarities” with his Audi DTM predecessor Rene Rast, according to Team Rosberg chief Kimmo Liimatainen.

Hawkey set to join DTM in second Lamborghini

Lamborghini squad T3 Motorsport is set to expand its presence in the DTM by adding a second car for former W Series racer Esmee Hawkey.

DTM tyre choice "doesn't work for BMW", says Rowe boss

Long-time BMW GT3 squad Rowe Racing has voiced its displeasure at the DTM’s tyre choice for the 2021 season, saying Michelin’s S8M compound “doesn’t work" for the M6 GT3.

Why ex-F1 racer Klien hasn't raced in the DTM until now

Ex-Formula 1 racer Christian Klien says he never seriously considered racing in the DTM until the championship’s move to GT3 cars presented an opportunity to contest a part campaign in 2021.

BMW DTM team voices fuel mileage fears for Monza

There is a real risk of DTM cars running out of fuel in the season-opening round at Monza due to the aggressive Balance of Performance employed by the series, according to BMW squad Walkenhorst Motorsport.

DTM still without fuel supplier as first GT3 race looms

The DTM is still without a fuel partner with just a month to go for the start of its first GT3 season at Monza in June.

Have Audi and BMW been hiding their pace in DTM testing?

The disparity in performance between different manufacturers in DTM pre-season testing has prompted discussions regarding the true performance of the cars, with many questioning why Audi and BMW were so far off the pace.