Jamie Green will contest his eighth DTM campaign this year, after being confirmed by Mercedes for the coming season.
The Leicester-born driver has been with the three-pointed star in the series since he won the Formula 3 Euro Series with the brand in 2004. In that time he has racked up seven race wins, the last of those coming at the series finale at Hockenheim last October, as he ended the year in fifth in the drivers' standings.
2012 will be his fifth season driving for the leading HWA squad, and he will be behind the wheel of one of Mercedes' new C-CoupÃ© cars.
“DTM enters a new era in 2012,” said 29-year-old Green. “New cars and new technical rules promise to make the championship even more exciting than ever before. That's why I'm looking forward to bringing my experience from seven DTM seasons to bear on the development and set-up of our new DTM AMG Mercedes C-CoupÃ©, which will play an important role in the fight for top positions. I hope I can start the new DTM era in Hockenheim where I left off last year.”
“Jamie Green is without doubt one of the finest and fastest drivers contesting the DTM,” said Mercedes-Benz Motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug.
“Since graduating from our young driver programme to become 2004 Formula 3 Euro Series Champion in his Dallara Mercedes, and then join our DTM line-up, he has put in some great race performances – most notably his showing in last year's DTM season finale at Hockenheim.
“We look forward to the new season with Jamie who, like a true racer, has been polishing up his German skills, so that they are now almost as perfect as his drive in Hockenheim. On that occasion, Jamie crossed the finish line a full 20 seconds ahead of the next driver in the same car. It is obvious that Jamie's Hockenheim performance is the blueprint for an ideal race. But when it comes to what exactly that secret is, Jamie's keeping it to himself – with typical British discretion.”
Green is the fifth driver to be confirmed in Mercedes' lineup for the coming season, joining fellow Brits Gary Paffett, David Coulthard and Susie Stoddart, as well as Ralf Schumacher. Christian Vietoris, Roberto Merhi and Robert Wickens are expected to complete an eight-car team.