The Mercedes-AMG DTM line-up for 2016 can be neatly summed up as the status quo – with an added dash of French flair. After winning the drivers’ and team championship last season, the Mercedes-AMG DTM team will retain seven of the eight drivers for the 2016 season. 19-year-old Esteban Ocon will be a new face on the grid, but the Frenchman is no stranger to the Mercedes-Benz family. As a Mercedes Junior, Ocon won last year’s GP3 Series, which races on Formula One weekends, and he attended every DTM race as a Mercedes-AMG DTM test and reserve driver in order to gain valuable experience. Reserve driver Ocon made his debut at a DTM race weekend when he stood in for an unwell Daniel Juncadella during Friday practice for the 2015 season finale in Hockenheim. With DTM champions Paul Di Resta (2010 champion, seventh DTM season) and Gary Paffett (2005 champion, thirteenth DTM season) plus Robert Wickens (fourth DTM season) and Christian Vietoris (sixth DTM season), the Mercedes-AMG DTM squad for the upcoming season includes four experienced DTM race winners.
Spaniard Daniel Juncadella, who will be starting his fourth year in the DTM, is another well established driver in the field. Maximilian Götz and Lucas Auer will both be entering their second DTM seasons in 2016. The two rookies scored their first successes in their debut season. Auer secured his maiden DTM pole in Race One at the Nürburgring, while Götz registered his best DTM result to date with a top-five finish in the same race. The eight Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers are preparing for the new season this week at the annual fitness camp in La Manga. The first tests of the year will take place in Monteblanco, February 23rd-25th. The 2016 DTM season gets under way on the weekend of May 6th-8th in Hockenheim.