Despite his previous comments that the DTM didn't need a 'big star' on its grid, series chief Hans Werner Aufrecht has admitted that confirmation of Ralf Schumacher's arrival will be a boost for the championship during the year ahead.

Schumacher was finally confirmed in a race seat after months of speculation yesterday [Monday] and will take his place on the grid at the wheel of a 2007-spec Mercedes C-Class as he follows the likes of Mika Hakkinen, Jean Alesi and Heinz-Harald Frentzen in making the move from Formula 1 into the tin-top series.

The confirmation has understandably hit the headlines throughout the motorsport press and Werner said that that added interest was a boost for the series as a whole.

"It is great that Ralf will drive in the DTM, it is an enormous boost for us," he told German news agency SID. "The press are already showing extra interest.

"Someone who has driven so much Forumla One and is the most successful German driver after his brother Michael, must be able to drive a car well."