An association with Mercedes-Benz, that has lasted eight seasons, 83 races, 8 victories, including 4 at the Norisring, comes to an end, as Jamie Green takes on a new challenge in the DTM, as he looks forward to what is around the corner in 2013.
After a very successful 2012 campaign, where he was the only driver out of the entire field to score points in all 10 races, the Monaco resident becomes one of the experienced hands to now help Audi Sport with their assault on the DTM in years to come. This is on top of being one of the most experienced and successful drivers in the series to date, and score a hat-trick of victories at the Norisring from 2008-2010, before doing so again this year, narrowly beating Martin Tomczyk on the final lap.
One also notable accomplishment by the 30-year-old, is that he raced in the F3 Euroseries, en route to the DTM, where he has competed with and beaten the likes of current F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and secured the title in 2004. His results this year kept him in the hunt for the drivers’ title, until the final race at Hockenheim, where Bruno Spengler finally claimed a title well deserved.
But when Green was teammates with the Canadian in his first season in 2005, the Briton was clearly the man on a mission, securing two pole positions, and outscoring Spengler by 29 points to 5 that year. But fate has a way of making things turn out differently these days, as Green is now looking forward to a new association with the Audi Sport outfit, headed up by Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, to capture a title that has eluded him so far in his career: “I really owe my previous employer a lot and making the change after so many joint years has certainly not been easy for me. But I carefully considered this step and look forward to a new challenge – I can’t wait to sit in the Audi A5 for the first time.”
Dr. Ullrich is looking forward to Jamie joining the team, as this is another major game changer for how the landscape of the driver market will be affected for next season, and is quietly confident in what is to come: “There’s no doubt about Jamie Green being one of the best DTM racers currently in the field. He proved this in 2012 and was more or less able to choose the manufacturer he wanted to compete for in the DTM – we’re delighted that he has opted for Audi and convinced that with his experience and speed, he’ll truly be strengthening our DTM squad.”
With rumours of Mercedes-Benz possibly reducing their field of cars to six, following the departure of Susie Wolff and David Coulthard after Hockenheim, and now Green going to Audi, what is the next piece of the driver market puzzle that will be filled next season? Time will only tell, as we draw nearer to the beginning of the 2013 calendar.