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DTM wants to be 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.

Paffett didn't have DTM return ambitions until 'short notice' deal

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett says he "didn’t have ambitions" to return to the new-look series' GT3 era, until a deal was put together at "short notice" in February.

Albon: Red Bull reserve role more important than DTM for F1 return

Alex Albon believes his test and reserve driver duties with Red Bull will play a bigger role in securing a potential Formula 1 return than anything he does in DTM.

Auer, Mercedes fastest at Hockenheim as DTM test ends

Lucas Auer led a Mercedes top-six lock-out at Hockenheim, as the first pre-season test of the 2021 DTM season came to a close on Thursday.

Mercedes leads opening day of DTM testing as GT3 era begins

Maximilian Gotz led a 1-2 finish for Mercedes in a snow-disrupted opening day of DTM pre-season test at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany.

Who is driving in the GT3-based DTM this year?

With testing for the new GT3 era of the DTM underway, we’ve collated a list of all the teams and drivers to have been confirmed for the 2021 season so far.

Paffett returns to DTM as Mercedes names full line-up

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett will return to the series this year as part of an expanded seven-car line-up of Mercedes factory-supported teams in the revamped GT3-based series.

Berger: Addition of top teams vindicates DTM's GT3 move

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the addition of top sportscar racing teams from Europe and Asia has vindicated the championship's decision to adopt GT3 regulations for this season.

BMW star Wittmann remains in DTM with Walkenhorst

Factory BMW driver Marco Wittmann has joined Walkenhorst Motorsport for its entry into the DTM in 2021.

Rast not ruling out DTM return following Audi FE exit

Rene Rast is leaving the door open for a return to the DTM in 2022 due to Audi’s impending exit from Formula E at the end of the current campaign.

Glock to remain in DTM with Rowe Racing BMW squad

Former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock will extend his DTM career to a ninth season as the series' new GT3 era begins, driving a BMW M6 GT3 for Rowe Racing.

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.

Floersch moves to DTM in Abt's third Audi R8 LMS

Abt will expand to three Audi Sports R8 LMS GT3 cars in the DTM this season after signing former FIA Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch.

DTM drive "natural" next step for Cassidy and Red Bull

Nick Cassidy says it was only “natural” for him and Red Bull to extend their relationship to a partial DTM programme following his move from Japan to Europe.

Ghiotto, Floersch set for DTM switch in 2021

Formula 2 race winner Luca Ghiotto and ex-Formula 3 racer Sophia Floersch are poised to switch to the DTM for the series' first season under GT3 regulations, Autosport has learned.

Klien to race McLaren in partial DTM campaign

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien will race a McLaren as part of a three-race DTM programme with JP Motorsport.

Porsche team "really optimistic" about entering DTM

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

DTM made failed bid for Hulkenberg to race Lamborghini

Gerhard Berger planned a Lamborghini all-star team comprising ex-Formula 1 stars Nico Hulkenberg and Jacques Villeneuve for the 2021 DTM season but failed to strike a deal, Autosport 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.

Auer returns to DTM with Mercedes customer Winward Racing

Lucas Auer will contest a sixth season in the DTM this year as part of a two-car Mercedes effort by the Rolex 24-winning HTP Winward Racing team.

Paffett set 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.

Abt signs Rockenfeller, van der Linde for 2021 DTM season

Mike Rockenfeller and Kelvin van der Linde will drive for the Abt Audi team for the first season of the DTM’s new GT3 era in 2021.

Auer set for DTM return as Mercedes factory driver

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

Muller switches to Team Rosberg Audi R8 LMS GT3 for 2021 DTM

Two-time DTM runner-up Nico Muller will switch to Team Rosberg for the championship's first season featuring GT3 cars in 2021, partnering with American racer Dev Gore

Haupt Racing Team joins DTM with Mercedes support

Haupt Racing Team will enter two Mercedes AMG GT3 cars in the DTM this season with factory support from the German manufacturer

Rowe Racing commits to DTM with BMW M6 GT3

Renowned sportscar racing outfit Rowe Racing has announced that it would enter the DTM with the BMW M6 GT3 in 2021

Aston Martin could enter DTM in 2021 having started talks with Racing One

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 won't defend DTM title in 2021 with full focus on Formula E

Rene Rast has announced that he won't continue in the DTM for the first year of its GT3 era to defend his title

BMW to be represented in revamped GT3 era-DTM by Walkenhorst

Spa 24 Hour-winning squad Walkenhorst Motorsport has announced that it will enter the DTM this season, ensuring the venerable BMW M6 GT3 will be represented in the revamped series

Three DTM teams set to run Mercedes GT3 machinery in 2021

Mercedes is set to be represented by a minimum of three teams on its return to the DTM following the championship's switch to GT3 rules for the 2021 season

Mercedes returns to DTM as it will give factory support to its customer teams

Mercedes-AMG 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

Red Bull unveils DTM programme for Albon as Cassidy joins line-up

Red Bull has announced that AF Corse will run two Ferrari 488 GT3 EVOs for Alex Albon, Liam Lawson and Nick Cassidy in the 2021 DTM season

Auer and BMW part ways after one season as factory driver

Lucas Auer and BMW have mutually agreed to part ways after just a single year competing together in the DTM

DTM to hold pre-season tests at Hockenheim and Lausitzring for new GT3 era

The DTM will hold pre-season tests at Hockenheim and Lausitzring ahead of the start of its new GT3 era

Kubica rules out DTM return, will target full-time LMP2 move

Formula 1 test and reserve driver Robert Kubica has ruled out remaining in the DTM and is instead targeting a full-time move into the LMP2 prototype class

Mercedes evaluating DTM customer team support for GT3 era

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 Racing won't continue with Audi in new DTM era

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

Revised 2021 DTM calendar finalised, Russian round dropped

The DTM has announced a slightly revised calendar for 2021 after receiving approval from the FIA, with Russia's Igora Drive venue being dropped and Monza named the season opener

F1 podium finisher Albon set to race a Ferrari in the DTM

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, Autosport has learned

Frijns: DTM return difficult due to Formula E clashes

Robin Frijns has conceded it might be tricky for him to continue full time in the DTM in 2021 due to potential clashes with Formula E and coronavirus-related uncertainties

Albon to contest DTM in 2021 with Red Bull backing alongside Lawson

Alex Albon will contest select DTM races in 2021 with backing from Red Bull after being dropped by the energy drink brand's lead Formula 1 squad

Ekstrom "worried" pay drivers could flood GT3-based DTM

Mattias Ekstrom is "worried" and "scared" that the DTM will get flooded with pay drivers when the series moves to GT3 regulations in 2021

Auer: BMW could have overturned Audi DTM deficit in 2021

Lucas Auer believes BMW could have overturned the deficit to Audi in 2021 had the DTM retained Class One regulations for another year

Team Rosberg becomes second ex-factory Audi squad to commit to 2021 DTM

The Team Rosberg squad that powered Rene Rast to his three DTM titles has become the second ex-factory Audi outfit to announce it will remain in the DTM next year

Berger: DTM champion Rast has "all the elements of a perfect driver"

Gerhard Berger believes Rene Rast has "all the elements that define a perfect driver" following the German's run to a third DTM title in four years in 2020

Berger targeting 20 cars, five manufacturers in DTM 2021

DTM chief Gerhard Berger is expecting at least 20 cars from five different manufacturers to compete in the first season of the series' GT3 era in 2021

Button's Team Rocket RJN squad to join DTM in 2021

The Jenson Team Rocket RJN team, part-owned by 2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button, is planning to join the 2021 DTM field ahead of its switch to a GT3 formula

Abt commits to the DTM's new GT3 era with customer Audis in 2021

Long-time Audi partner Abt Sportsline has become the first existing DTM team to announce that it will stay in the DTM following its move to GT3 regulations in 2021

McLaren to be represented in DTM with British GT 2Seas squad

McLaren will be represented in the DTM when it switches to GT3 regulations next year, with British GT squad 2Seas Motorsport committing to a two-car entry with the 720S GT3

BMW drops RBM as factory team, confirms Schnitzer split

The Belgian RBM team that guided Andy Priaulx to a hat-trick of World Touring Car Championship titles has been released by BMW for next season

DTM's first team for GT3 era revealed

GruppeM has become the first team to sign up for the DTM's new GT3 era after announcing plans to field a Mercedes AMG GT3 in the German series next year

How the standout DTM privateer earned respect from Audi aces

Ferdinand Habsburg says he feels "very grateful" to have earned the respect of Audi's factory DTM stars after starring in the 2020 season with the customer WRT team

BMW may be absent from DTM grid at the 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

Rast will become a DTM legend - Rockenfeller

Mike Rockenfeller believes Rene Rast will be considered a DTM legend in 10 years after the German driver beat Nico Muller to clinch the 2020 drivers' title

BMW DTM driver Glock happy to rebound from "most horrible year in my career"

Timo Glock says he can be happy being BMW's top driver in the 2020 DTM season, having successfully rebounded from the "most horrible year in my career" in 2019

Muller believes he deserved 2020 DTM title

Nico Muller believes he would have been worthy of the 2020 DTM title had he emerged on top in a tightly-contested championship battle with fellow Audi driver Rene Rast

Triple champion Rast thought DTM title hopes were over before Zolder

Newly-crowned triple DTM champion Rene Rast says he thought his title challenge was over with three rounds to run when he slipped 47 points behind Audi stablemate Nico Muller

DTM Hockenheim: Rast secures 2020 DTM title with commanding victory in season finale

Rene Rast clinched the 2020 DTM title with a commanding victory in the season finale at Hockenheim ahead of championship rival Nico Muller

DTM Hockenheim: Muller defeats Rast in race one to keep his title hopes alive

Nico Muller completed a late move on Rene Rast to win the penultimate DTM race of the season at Hockenheim and keep the title race alive heading into Sunday's decider

DTM unveils electric series demo car, set for 2023 support role

The DTM has unveiled the demonstration car for a 1000bhp electric series that is set to join the German championship's bill in 2023