Ralf Schumacher stays on with Mercedes for 2012 DTM season

Ralf Schumacher will continue to race for Mercedes-Benz in the 2012 DTM season after securing an extension to his deal

Ralf Schumacher stays on with Mercedes for 2012 DTM season

The German driver, the younger brother of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael, made his DTM debut in 2008 and next season will mark his fifth campaign in the series.

Schumacher scored his first two podium finishes in the DTM this year, with a third place at Hockenheim and a second at the Red Bull Ring.

"DTM is a fantastic championship and, after four years as part of the Mercedes-Benz family, I feel in the best place possible," said Schumacher. "So I'm all the more delighted to be starting a new era next year together with Mercedes-Benz.

"With the new technical regulations and the arrival of BMW on the scene as the third premium manufacturer alongside Audi and Mercedes-Benz, DTM has an exciting future, and I feel privileged to be playing my part in development of the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe."

Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug added: "Ralf Schumacher isn't only the best-known driver in the DTM, he's also one of the most-liked and most successful in international motorsport.

"I rate very highly the fact that Ralf walked the difficult road from Formula One to the DTM, boosted the series' popularity and continuously improved until he scored his first podium."

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