Another driver having to manage two jobs this year is BBC F1 commentator David Coulthard, who is looking to improve on his steady start to life in the DTM.
"My first DTM season was a learning year,” he said. “My year of apprenticeship is over - now I'm looking to make some real progress. After scoring my first DTM point in the grand finale in Shanghai in 2010, I'm hoping to please my fans this season with more point-scoring finishes."
Fellow Scot Susie Stoddart is hoping to emulate her countryman by continuing to improve on her first points scoring finish last season, despite racing an older car.
"My first DTM points last season were long overdue,” she said. “When you're driving last year's model, it's by no means easy to finish among the points, but once again, I'll be giving it everything I've got."
Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, is looking forward to extending their successful record in the series, having won 63% of all DTM races contested since 2006.
"The 2010 DTM season was a highly successful one for our brand as well as for our teams,” he admitted. “Securing nine wins in eleven races, the team championship and the top three positions in the drivers' championship, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was quite literally in a class of its own. Current title holder Paul Di Resta has built on this success to make the step up to Formula One where he will still be driving a Mercedes engine for his new team, Force India."
"The new season brings a new tyre partner for the DTM series by the name of Hankook, so I'm sure that the cards will be well and truly reshuffled as a result. From our perspective, we certainly don't have any divine right to victory and, as ever, we will have to work hard to earn every good result. Everyone in our teams is full of enthusiasm for the challenge ahead."
by Jon Gurr