It has been confirmed finally that Daniel Juncadella will return as oficial Mercedes driver for the DTM after re4cently Pascal Wehrlein has returned to the German championship after two years in F1 in Manor and Sauber. The spaniard was reserve and did a GT program in 2017, taking part in Blancpain, VLN and the prestigious 24 hours of Nürburgring.
Ths spaniard told that he feels “great to be racing in the DTM this year, Im really keen to get back in the car after a one-year break from competition in DTM. I gained further racing practice last year thanks to race outings ina number of GT series and my role as test and reserve driver. I’ve remained very close to the team throughout the season and so, am familiar with the new generation of cars and the DTM rule changes. I’m pleased that at last, I can now contest DTM races again. I never really brought things to a satisfactory conclusión in the DTM and always had the feeling that my results never reflected my true ability. I now intend top ut that right.”
“Daniel knows the team really well from previous years and was present at race weekends during 2017 as a test and reserve driver”, explains Head of Mercedes-AMG Motgorsport DTM Ullrich Fritz from the spaniard who raced from 2013 to 2016 in 56 races ans socred 75 points. “So he won’t need much time to settle back in. He knows the car and the team members from the past and will have no problema settling back in with the squad. I’m confident that he’ll be able to support the team really well this season with his experience and speed.”
Dtm will have again spanish representation after a period where Juncadella raced for Mercedes, Miguel Molina did for Audi and Roberto Merhi raced also for Mercedes.