Paul di Resta DTM

Ο Paul di Resta επιβεβαίωσε της φήμες, που τον ήθελαν να επιστρέφει στο πρωτάθλημα DTM, καθώς θα αγωνιστεί με την Mercedes-Benz το 2014. Δίπλα του θα είναι ο Gary Paffett, ο οποίος εκτός από δοκιμαστής της McLaren F1 για πολλά χρόνια, ήταν και πρωταθλητής του DTM το 2005. Ο πρώην οδηγός της Force India δήλωσε:

Αισθάνομαι πολύ ωραία που επιστρέφω στο DTM και που βλέπω τόσα πολλά οικία πρόσωπα. Το πρωτάθλημα DTM είναι ένα φανταστικό πρωτάθλημα με 3 πολύ δυνατές και εξαιρετικές ομάδες, ένα πολύ ανταγωνιστικό μέρος με ισάξιους οδηγούς.

Η Mercedes-Benz μου έδωσε ένα αυτοκίνητο με το οποίο μπορώ να κερδίσω και να διεκδικήσω τον τίτλο. Παρόλα αυτά καταλαβαίνω πως δεν θα είναι εύκολο. Οι ανταγωνιστές μου έχουν ήδη 2 χρόνια εμπειρίας με τα αυτοκίνητα νέας γενιάς, αλλά ξεκινώντας από τα σημερινά τεστ, θα πηγαίνω όσο γρηγορότερα μπορώ για να μπορέσω να κερδίσω στον πρώτο αγώνα του πρωταθλήματος, στο Hockenheim.

Paul di Resta DTM 2

Ο Toto Wolff, της Mercedes-Benz Motorsport δήλωσε:

Ο Paul di Resta αποτελεί μέλος της οικογένειας Mercedes-Benz εδώ και πολλά χρόνια και είμαστε ενθουσιασμένοι με την επιστροφή του την φετινή σεζόν, για την ενδυνάμωση της ομάδας μας. Ο Paul έμαθε πολλά τα τελευταία χρόνια στην Formula 1 και μαζί με τον Gary Paffett αποτελούν πλέον ένα πολύ έμπειρο δίδυμο οδηγών, που μπορούν να χρησιμοποιήσουν τις γνώσεις τους στη πίστα, διδάσκοντας ταυτόχρονα και τους νεότερους οδηγούς της Mercedes.

Εκτός του Βρετανού και του ομόσταυλού του, υπάρχουν και άλλοι οδηγοί της F1 που έχουν συνδεθεί με το πρωτάθλημα DTM, όπως ο Timo Glock και ο Antonio Felix da Costa.

[Πηγή: Daimler]

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Mercedes-Benz and the 2014 DTM season

DTM champion Paul Di Resta back in Mercedes-Benz DTM cockpit

  • 2010 DTM champion Paul Di Resta returns to DTM for 2014 season with Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercedes-Benz will have two former DTM champions in line-up – Di Resta and Gary Paffett
  • First test outing for Di Resta in DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé on Tuesday 21st January in Portimão
  • Di Resta: “I’m hungry for success”

Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz will field two former DTM champions in the new 2014 DTM season. In addition to 2005 DTM champion, Gary Paffett (32, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé), 2010 DTM champion Paul Di Resta (27, Scotland) will also drive a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé in the coming season. The Scot will strengthen the squad of drivers at Mercedes-Benz, as Daimler prepares to mark its 120th anniversary of competition in motor racing this year in fine style.

Di Resta previously competed in the world’s most popular international touring car series for the brand with the three-pointed star from 2007 to 2010, securing six wins, six pole positions and seven fastest laps from 42 races. After clinching the DTM title at the season finale in Shanghai in 2010, Di Resta switched to Formula 1, where he contested 58 grands prix for Sahara Force India Mercedes (2011-2013), scoring 121 championship points.

Di Resta and Mercedes-Benz go back a long way – the Scot won the McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future Kart series in 2000. He became a Mercedes-Benz junior four years later, moving up in 2005 to the Formula 3 Euro Series, which he won with the Mercedes-Benz Formula 3 engine in his second season, beating off competition from four-time Formula 1 world championship title holder, Sebastian Vettel.

Di Resta, along with fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett, is one of seven former DTM champions, who have so far confirmed their participation in the 2014 DTM season. During testing in Portimão on Tuesday, Di Resta will take to the wheel of a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé to begin preparing for the DTM season opener in Hockenheim on the weekend of 3rd-4th May 2014.

Paul Di Resta: “It feels really good to be back in the DTM and to see so many familiar faces again. The DTM is a fantastic racing series with three strong premium brands, a very competitive field and a very evenly matched bunch of drivers. I’m really looking forward to working with the whole Mercedes-Benz DTM team and being part of another championship challenge. Much has changed since my last DTM race in Shanghai in 2010 with new cars, a new set of rules and a third manufacturer, but what has not changed is my enormous appetite for success. Mercedes-Benz has given me a car that I can use to fight for wins and the title. However, I realise that it will not be easy. My competitors already have two years of experience with the new generation of vehicles, but, starting with today’s first test, I’ll be going flat out in order to be capable of winning at the Hockenheim season opener in early May.”

Toto Wolff, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “Paul Di Resta has been a member of the Mercedes-Benz family for many years, and we are delighted that he is returning to the fold this season to further strengthen our DTM squad. Paul has learned a lot during the past few years in Formula 1, and, together with Gary Paffett we now have two experienced drivers in our team, who have already won the DTM title with Mercedes-Benz and can put their knowledge to good use on the track, whilst passing on hints and tips to our Mercedes juniors.”

The 2014 motor racing anniversary year:

120 years of Daimler in motor sports, 80 years of the Silver Arrows, 30 years DTM.

The first victory of a Daimler engine was achieved in the first ever car race, the 1894 Paris-Rouen road race and marked the beginning of an ongoing success story. The first two Formula One world titles secured by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 and 1955, the victories in the Le Mans long distance classic in 1952 and 1989 and the win at the 500 miles of Indianapolis in 1994 count among the greatest successes of Mercedes-Benz in motor racing.

In the modern era of Formula One, Mercedes-Benz, along with partner McLaren and the Brawn GP customer team has won four drivers’ and two constructors’ titles. In the DTM, Mercedes-Benz is the most successful brand in the history of the series. Mercedes-Benz drivers have won a total of seven drivers’ titles since 1988, the first year of the entry of Mercedes-Benz as a works team.