The 2017 DTM season begins with several innovations and, precisely because of this, promises a great deal of excitement for drivers and fans alike.
The rules for 2017 are completely set out to give the fans an exciting show and to demand a great deal more from the drivers. This means that, amongst other things, the engine output of the cars was increased and, at the same time, the aerodynamics reduced, in order to minimise the negative lift force of the vehicles. For Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Gary Paffett "the new tyres are the biggest challenge". These will deteriorate significantly more quickly this year than was the case in previous years. This means the pit strategies and the driving ability in terms of tyre handling will become elementary building blocks for success. The race format has also changed: now the fans will experience 55 minutes of race action with a mandatory pit-stop both on Saturday and Sunday.
For the 2017 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM team one new member, four familiar faces and a returnee will be at the starting line: Edoardo Mortara, Lucas Auer, Paul Di Resta, Gary Paffett, Robert Wickens and ex-FIA GT world champion Maro Engel.
Since the beginning of the year, an ex-Formula 1 driver in Gerhard Berger has been at the head of the DTM umbrella organisation, whose declared goal it is to offer DTM fans an even more spectacular sport. Toto Wolff, Mercedes-Benz motorsports boss, is sure "that the DTM has found exactly the right man in Gerhard Berger".