Mercedes has revealed its seven-car strong line-up for the 2022 DTM campaign with reigning champion Maximilian Gotz switching to Winward Racing.
Among the announcements the German manufacturer made, Maro Engel will make his return to the series with a seat in the GruppeM Racing car.
This is the second comeback Engel will make to DTM, with his last appearance coming in 2017. He partners Canadian racer Mikael Grenier who will make his debut in the series.
Meanwhile, Gotz switches from Haupt Racing Team to Winward Racing. The 2021 champion will race with the number 1 on his Mercedes-AMG GT3 and will pair up with Lucas Auer.
With Gotz out, HRT will field Luca Stolz and Arjun Maini in their two cars. Maini impressed towards the end of his debut season last year with a second-place finish at the Norisring finale.
The final of the four teams, Mucke Motorsport, will retain Maximilian Buhk who raced for the Berlin-based outfit in last year’s campaign.
Speaking on the announcement, Thomas Jager, ex-DTM driver and currently Mercedes’ DTM sporting director, said DTM’s new GT-Plus era got off to a strong start and will require their seven drivers to be on top form.
“In its debut season, DTM has shown how high the sporting aspiration of this series is,” he said in a press release.
“The teams and drivers involved are the absolute top level in GT racing. Accordingly, for us at Mercedes-AMG, it is an obligation to support our teams in the best possible way.”