As far as Jamie Green is concerned, 2006 might as well have not happened. The British driver went into his second season in the DTM tipped to fill the void left by 2005 champion and fellow-Brit Gary Paffett, but one year later he is still in the same position.
Last year was supposed to be the stage for Green to move from a fast driver to a race winner. He had put in some impressive performances in his debut season behind the wheel of a car that wasn't quite a full works package, but for 2006 he had been bumped up to a top Mercedes ride.
It all went to plan, briefly. Green backed up his reputation as a stunning qualifier by taking pole for the first race of the season at Hockenheim, but things started to go wrong before the race had even started.