Britain's Jamie Green will drive for Mercedes this year in the DTM, it has been announced.
Green, who made his debut in the German tin-top series in 2005, has won seven DTM races thus far, including the 2011 season finale at Hockenheim. 2012 will mark his eighth season in the world's most popular touring car series and his fifth driving for the HWA team.
“DTM enters a new era in 2012. New cars and new technical rules promise to make the championship even more exciting than ever before,” Green said.
“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-Coupé, 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.”
Mercedes-Benz boss Norbert Haug added: “Jamie Green is without doubt one of the finest and fastest drivers contesting the DTM. 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.
“Jamie cruised home to record the 85th victory for our Mercedes C-Class in its 159th and - quite probably - final DTM outing. This model goes down as the most successful car in the history of the DTM.
“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.”