The next DTM season should turn out to be quite exciting, as a number of changes will take place.
Despite the rules being revised the biggest news will be the departure of Mercedes-Benz starting this
season, which means the three manufacturers fighting for every point will no longer be German only,
with Aston Martin joining the field. Audi Sport decided to show us its drivers’ lineup today, the six men being experienced in the DTM already.
Just like before, the three teams competing in the championship will remain unchanged. Audi Sport will be backing Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg still for the 2019 edition, along with six drivers. The teams will include two former DTM Champions: Mike Rockenfeller and Rene Rast. Loïc Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green and Nico Müller will also compete under the Audi banners.
“There’ll be many exciting innovations in the DTM next year,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass at the unveiling today. “The more powerful engine will no doubt be the most significant one.”
The first pre-season tests confirmed that at the wheel of the new Class One race cars the drivers’ performance is even more crucial than it used to be. Robin Frijns and Nico Müller are racing for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. Loïc Duval and Mike Rockenfeller form Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Jamie Green and René Rast Audi Sport Team Rosberg.
“In the past, we changed the team compositions from time to time,” said Dieter Gass. “However, in the current pairings, the drivers complement each other perfectly so that we didn’t see any room for improvement in this respect.”
That is why Audi Sport is filling its six cockpits with drivers that have previous DTM experience and are able to handle the demands that have grown once again.
“In Loïc, Robin, Jamie, Nico, René and Mike we already had an extremely strong driver squad in 2018 and are continuing this lineup in the new season. In my view, they’re the right six for Audi Sport. All of them have the potential to battle for the DTM title. Aside from that, they again proved to be extremely good team players last season.”