Mercedes-Benz is leaving DTM in 2018, and in 2019 it will be joining the new Formula E. Why is this necessary?
Thiemer: The entire industry is currently carrying out developments in the field of electromobility. And in this domain, there are also fascinating motorsport events in the form of Formula E. In this competition, we will be measuring ourselves against other manufacturers: Audi, BMW, Porsche – the entire lineup of German premium manufacturers, as well as importers and a few very interesting startups will also be at the starting line for Formula E or are already on board. But for now at least, neither Toto nor I are dyed in the wool Formula E enthusiasts.
Wolff: We can’t be, really, because we don’t know how the performance characters of this formula will develop. We first need to sound out this new field.
Thiemer: The decision not to continue with DTM wasn’t a decision against DTM; it was made in favour of Formula E. For us, it’s a gamble for the future and primarily a marketing platform.