Heinz-Harald Frentzen will stay in the DTM in 2005, after extending his contract with Opel.

The announcement was made today by Opel's motorsport director, Volker Strycek, at the Shanghai invitational race in China.

"The current contract included an option for an extra season with Opel in the DTM," explained Strycek. "Heinz-Harald Frentzen has taken up that option in time. We are happy that our co-operation with him will continue next year."

Former F1 ace Frentzen was also delighted to extend his deal.

"I have really found a new home with Opel in the DTM. Indeed, my debut in the DTM hasn't been easy, but anyone who knows me and has been following my career will also know that I don't give up that easily," he commented.

"Also when things are not running that well. I knew from the very beginning that my debut in the DTM wouldn't be an easy affair. Most of my colleagues who have switched into the DTM had their learning phase as well. In the DTM, you don't just get in and win races right away. It has taken time for other drivers and so it does for me.

"Another thing is that I have been pushed off the track several times during the first few races. But all in all, driving in the DTM is a real pleasure for me, and so is the contact with the fans."