Christian Vietoris appears set to focus on touring cars in future after turning down the chance to join Lotus Renault F1 at the recent 'Young Driver' test in Abu Dhabi.
The German, who combined campaigns in the DTM and GP2 Series in 2011 and won races in the latter with Racing Engineering, was invited to line up alongside Jan Charouz, Robert Wickens and Kevin Korjus at Yas Marina, but pulled out at the last moment in order to concentrate on securing a front-line car in the German touring car series.
"[Renault team boss Eric Boullier] offered me the chance, so of course I said yes," the Gravity management-run driver Germany's Motorsport-Magazin.com
prior to reversing his decision, "There were no promises about next year; it was simply a reward for the solid season that I've had."
Already a member of the Mercedes squad, and having enjoyed a Sauber test some time ago as reward for winning the FBMW World Finals, Vietoris is hoping that his first-year performances - despite finishing only 14th overall on the back of a single point-scoring result - will be enough to put him in contention for a 'new' car in 2012. Instead of travelling to Abu Dhabi, the German focused on a two-day session with the new AMG C-Klasse at Monteblanco in Spain
Over the course of the test, Vietoris - who sat out a couple of rounds of the GP2 campaign with concussion - completed a total of 219 laps, and insisted that his focus was on racing with a roof over his head next season.
“Testing with the squad around Gerhard Unger was just great,” he said, “I had a lot of fun in the cockpit of the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé and truly enjoyed the days at Monteblanco. The new gearshift paddles at the wheel suited me particularly well as I know this system really well from racing in GP2. For me, the DTM has priority."