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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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Button could make guest appearances in DTM next year

2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button could make guest appearances in the DTM in 2022 at the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3, according to the co-owner of Jenson Team Rocket RJN, Chris Buncombe.

Porsche team's DTM plans thwarted by car unavailability

Speed Monkeys’ plans to step up to the DTM have been thwarted by the unavailability of a used Porsche 911 GT3 R at a competitive price.

Rowe Racing won't enter Porsche in DTM this year

Rowe Racing will not enter a Porsche on top of its existing two-car BMW programme in the DTM, team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf has clarified.

DTM wants to be the fastest GT3 series in 2021

The DTM is aiming to become the fastest GT3 championship in the world in 2021 with an aggressive use of the Balance of Performance system, according to the series’ technical chief.

Jenson Button's team withdraws McLaren entry from DTM

Jenson Team Rocket RJN has backed out of its planned DTM entry and will instead focus its efforts on GT World Challenge Europe and British GT in 2021.

Ghiotto, Floersch set to race in DTM in 2021

Formula 2 race winner Luca Ghiotto and ex-Formula 3 racer Sophia Floersch are both poised to race in the DTM for the series' first season under GT3 regulations.

Porsche team "really optimistic" about entering DTM

The Speed Monkeys team is in an “advanced planning stage” to field a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the DTM this year for reigning DTM Trophy champion Tim Heinemann.

DTM made failed bid for Hulkenberg to race Lamborghini

Gerhard Berger had planned a Lamborghini all-star team comprising Nico Hulkenberg and Jacques Villeneuve for the 2021 DTM season but he ultimately failed to strike a deal, Motorsport.com has learned. 

Ex-F1 driver Klien to contest part campaign in DTM

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien has revealed that he will contest selected rounds of the 2021 DTM season in a Mercedes AMG GT3.

Paffett in frame for DTM return with Mercedes team

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett is set to make a surprise return to the series in 2021 with Mercedes' customer Mucke Motorsport.

Auer set to return to Mercedes fold in the DTM

Lucas Auer is poised to return to the DTM as a factory driver for Mercedes in 2021, Motorsport.com can reveal.

Aston Martin could be represented on 2021 DTM grid

Aston Martin could be represented on the 2021 DTM grid, having entered talks with the Racing One team about an entry with a Vantage GT3.

Rast confirms he won't return to the DTM in 2021

Rene Rast has announced that he won’t return to the DTM in the first year of its GT3 era to defend his title.

2 Seas' DTM participation in doubt after Mercedes switch

The participation of 2 Seas Motorsport in the 2021 DTM season appears in doubt following the squad’s switch from McLaren to Mercedes machinery.

Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated after BMW split
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Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated after BMW split

Multiple championship-winning touring car and sportscar squad Schnitzer Motorsport is set to be liquidated and preparing to sell its assets after BMW Motorsport decided against renewing its contract for 2021.

Mercedes to support customer teams in DTM

Mercedes-AMG has announced that it will support its customer teams in the DTM this year, marking a return to the series for the first time since its factory exit in 2018.

FE targeting record 15 races and fan attendance this season

Formula E is targeting a record-breaking 15 races for the 2020-21 season and is “confident” fans will be able to attend events, according to championship co-founder Alberto Longo. 

Mercedes evaluating supporting customer teams in DTM

Mercedes is in discussions with the DTM regarding the possibility of supporting customer teams in the series, according to AMG customer support coordinator Thomas Jager. 

Phoenix rules out competing with Audi in DTM 2021

Phoenix Racing has ruled out continuing its relationship with Audi in the new privateer era of the DTM, but is exploring other options to stay in the series.

Albon set to race Ferrari as part of Red Bull DTM programme

Alex Albon and Liam Lawson are set to race Ferrari 488 GT3s in the DTM as part of Red Bull’s return to the category, Motorsport.com has learned.

Audi could use DTM engine in its 'electric' Dakar entry

Audi’s Class One-spec DTM engine could find its way into the manufacturer’s upcoming ‘electric’ Dakar Rally challenger in 2022, Motorsport.com has learned.

Audi teams lay off staff but dismiss DTM exit rumours

Former factory Audi teams Phoenix and Rosberg have laid off some of their staff members, but both have denied this could mean they will not return to the DTM in 2021.

Audi set to quit Formula E, start LMDh project

Audi is set to end its involvement in Formula E in favour of a return to top-flight sportscar racing with a new LMDh project.

BMW may be absent from DTM grid at start of 2021

Former BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt has warned that the Munich-based manufacturer could be absent from the grid at the start of the 2021 DTM season.

Glickenhaus: "It's a fact" we have chance to beat Toyota

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus insists its LM Hypercar programme is a “serious effort” and it is joining the FIA World Endurance Championship with a chance to beat Toyota.

BMW could scale back to just IMSA enduros in 2021

BMW could scale back its involvement in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year to just the four Michelin Endurance Cup races.

Porsche will not modify 911 GT3 for DTM's new rules

Porsche has ruled out upgrading its 911 GT3 R to make the car compatible with the GT Pro regulations that are set to be introduced in the DTM next year.

Why the DTM made a U-turn on driving aids

The DTM has agreed to allow driving aids such as traction control and ABS in 2021, despite having originally not intended to use them for the series’ new GT3 era.

Berger expects Mercedes to return to DTM with GT3 rules

ITR chief Gerhard Berger expects Mercedes to rejoin the DTM with customer teams when the series adopts the GT Pro regulations in 2021.

Muller slams Green's "over the border" defending at Zolder

Nico Muller has slammed Audi stablemate Jamie Green for what he felt was “over the border” defending during the second DTM race of the Zolder weekend on Sunday.

Marquardt steps down from BMW Motorsport

Jens Marquardt has stepped down from his role as the director of BMW Motorsport, as first revealed by Motorsport.com earlier on Friday.

DTM set to abandon standing starts in 2021

The DTM is set to adopt rolling starts when it moves to GT3-based cars in 2021, following resistance from manufacturers to upgrade their cars to cope with standing starts.

BMW could give new M4 GT3 car early DTM debut

BMW could consider giving its underdevelopment M4 GT3 car an early debut in the 2021 DTM season, according to the marque’s motorsport director Jens Marquardt.

Glickenhaus interested in fielding cars in GT3-based DTM

American boutique manufacturer Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has shown interest in fielding cars in the DTM when the series switches to GT3-based machinery in 2021.

Kubica having to rely on engineers to perform DTM pitstops

Robert Kubica has revealed that his ART team is having to deploy engineers to complete pitstops in the DTM because it doesn’t have sufficient mechanics for the task.

The other fight DTM faces to ensure its survival

The promoter of the DTM, the ITR, continues to face a battle to secure the survival of the long-running German series, but it has also been reeling from financial losses for some time.

Habsburg explains how in-car camera caused DTM crash

Ferdinand Habsburg has explained how a rear-view camera showing inverted live images caused him to bizarrely crash into Loic Duval during qualifying for the DTM round at the Nurburgring.

DTM considered two-class structure before Audi's exit

ITR boss Gerhard Berger has revealed he considered converting the DTM into a two-tier championship featuring both Class One and GT3 cars prior to Audi’s withdrawal from the category.

Wittmann: Wrong to suggest BMW back in DTM title fight

Marco Wittmann doesn’t believe BMW is truly back in this year's DTM title fight, despite the marque securing its first win of the 2020 season against Audi at the Lausitzring last month.

DTM to present GT Plus formula for 2021 season

The ITR is set to submit the draft for a ‘GT Plus’ DTM formula to Germany’s motorsport federation before the end of August, Motorsport.com has learned.

Scheider calls for changes at BMW after 'catastrophic' start

Timo Scheider has urged BMW to make changes to its organisation after what he described as a 'catastrophic' start to its DTM campaign in 2020.

DTM to probe Rast over illegal P2P use at Spa

Audi driver Rene Rast has been summoned by the DTM over allegedly using the P2P boost in an illegal manner during the season opener at Spa Francorchamps Circuit earlier this month.

DTM cars cross 300km/h for the first time

DTM cars broke the 300km/h barrier for the first time in the series’ history in last weekend’s season opener at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

DTM set to bring back pitstop window in 2020

The DTM is set to introduce a number of changes to the sporting regulations for the 2020 season, including a return of pitstops window, Motorsport.com has learned.

Can Rast overhaul Ekstrom's Audi DTM wins record?

With Audi leaving the DTM at the end of the 2020 season, two-time champion Rene Rast has one last opportunity to become the manufacturer’s winningest driver.

Audi could extend DTM stay with GT3 formula

Audi has not ruled out staying in the DTM in some capacity beyond the end of the 2020 season, despite announcing its exit from the series in April.

What's the deal with the new rear wings in DTM?

The DTM has introduced a new safety device named HYLO in 2020 to prevent cars from going airborne in the event of an accident. Here’s how the system works and why it has been adopted by the series.

Glock renews calls for Supercars approach in DTM

Former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock has renewed calls for the DTM to adopt a model similar to Supercars, as ITR continues to assess its options amid Audi’s impending exit from the series.

LMDh or upgraded GT3 cars? DTM's most likely future options

A move to beefed-up GT3 cars has emerged as the most likely option for the DTM’s post-Audi future, Motorsport.com can reveal, with LMDh machinery also in contention.

Audi used Abt's Esports stunt "to throw him out" - Glock

Former Formula 1 driver and DTM race winner Timo Glock believes Audi took advantage of Daniel Abt’s Esports stunt to “throw him out” and it had no intention of retaining the German driver in the long term.

Newey makes surprise DTM debut at Nurburgring test

Harrison Newey made a surprise appearance on the final day of DTM pre-season testing at the Nurburgring on Thursday.

Audi reveals DTM has banned team orders in 2020

Audi Sport boss Dieter Gass has revealed that the DTM has abolished the practice of team orders in 2020, with the change now written into the regulations.

DTM Norisring opener set to be cancelled after city verdict

The planned DTM season opener at Norisring is set to be cancelled after the city of Nuremberg denied permission for the race to go ahead as planned next month.

Why the DTM won't be rescued by Japanese manufacturers

The DTM is in a race against time to ensure its survival beyond the current year, but it cannot expect a bailout from SUPER GT's manufacturers, despite the two series agreeing to share a common ruleset.

DTM still planning to start season at Norisring

The DTM is still aiming to kick off its 2020 season at the Norisring in July, despite the obvious hurdles in hosting a street race during the coronavirus pandemic.

DTM planning F1-style twin-race format

The DTM is planning to host two consecutive rounds at as many circuits as possible in 2020, emulating the model Formula 1 is trying to get its season underway.

Glock: DTM should focus mainly on Germany in 2020

Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock wants the DTM to “mainly concentrate" on racing in Germany this season as it drafts an updated calendar in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Audi teams rule out running in DTM as privateers

Audi DTM teams have warned it would be too expensive for them to compete in the series as privateers following the German manufacturer’s withdrawal at the end of 2020.

The timing of Audi’s DTM exit decision explained

Audi’s departure from the DTM had been coming for a couple of months, but few had expected the German manufacturer to pull the plug on its long-standing programme even before the start of the 2020 season.

Auer has made "huge step" since Super Formula stint

Lucas Auer has made a “huge step” after a year away in Super Formula and should find it “easy” to adjust to the demands of the DTM this season, according to ITR chairman Gerhard Berger.