'Formula 1 with a roof' is how the DTM has been described to Autosport over and over again. Yet its name remains Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. While that comment may sound facetious, it cuts to the core of the DTM's identity crisis that it must now get a grip on.
This is a crucial period for the DTM, after ITR boss Gerhard Berger managed to counter the seismic loss of Mercedes at the end of 2018 by enticing Aston Martin onto the grid through R-Motorsport under the Vynamic banner - encompassing HWA, which ran the Mercedes DTM project, and R-Motorsport parent company AF Racing.
Once again, there's more to that situation than just a name and Aston has not hesitated to remind the media that the DTM entry is not a factory programme - a true shame considering the lengths R-Motorsport has gone to make a respectable start in the series.