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Lawson: Debut DTM win 'won't sink in for a while'

Red Bull protege Liam Lawson says it will 'take a while' for his maiden DTM win to sink in after the Kiwi charged from seventh on the grid to take top honours in the Monza season opener.

Monza DTM: Lawson wins for Red Bull as GT3 era begins

Liam Lawson claimed victory for Red Bull ahead of Mercedes duo Vincent Abril and Maximilian Gotz, as the GT3 era of the DTM got underway at Monza with Race 1 on Saturday.

Monza DTM: Abril on pole, Mercedes locks out top four

Vincent Abril scored the first pole position of the DTM's new GT3 era at Monza, as Mercedes locked out the top four.

Monza DTM: Mercedes sets Friday practice pace, Albon third

Winward Mercedes driver Philip Ellis topped the times in Friday practice for the 2021 DTM season opener at Monza, as Alex Albon and Liam Lawson finished third and fourth overall for Red Bull.

Albon "up to speed" with Ferrari GT3 car ahead of DTM debut

Red Bull Formula 1 reserve Alex Albon feels he is “getting up to speed” with the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo ahead of the opening round of the DTM at Monza this weekend.

DTM targeting Autumn date for postponed Norisring round

The DTM is planning to reschedule the postponed Norisring event in Autumn and has assured that there will be eight events on this year’s calendar.

Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM

The DTM moves into its bold new GT3 era with welcome support from Red Bull, which enters two AF Corse-run Ferraris. That includes one for ex-F1 driver Alex Albon, who’s determined to make a success of his GT switch

Paffett explains decision to skip two DTM rounds

Gary Paffett says he didn't want to "compromise" Mercedes' title chances in Formula E by skipping certain races of the all-electric series to compete in the clashing DTM events.

Monza DTM: Start time, how to watch and more

A new era of the DTM kicks off at the iconic Monza Circuit in Italy. Here's how you can watch this year's season-opening races on TV or a device of your choice.

Van der Linde "laughs" at GT3 specialist advantage in DTM

Audi driver Kelvin van der Linde says he "has to laugh" at suggestions that GT3 specialists will have an early advantage in the new era of the DTM, saying he expects the series’ veterans to be on the pace immediately.

What to watch for as the DTM's brave new era begins

The DTM has undergone its biggest overhaul since its 2000 revival as it has ditched Class One for GT3. While it means the new season has little in common with recent campaigns, there are still plenty of storylines to follow.

Buhk to replace absent Paffett in opening DTM races

Factory Mercedes-AMG driver Maximilian Buhk will contest the opening two races of the DTM in 2021 for Mucke Motorsport in the absence of Gary Paffett.

DTM 2021: Full list of drivers, teams and manufacturers

The new GT3 era of the DTM is about to get underway this weekend at Monza. Here's the full list of drivers, teams and manufacturers competing in the revamped series this year.

Paffett set to miss opening DTM races due to FE clashes

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett is expected to miss the opening two rounds of the 2021 season at Monza and the Lausitzring due to clashes with Formula E.

Hawkey secures DTM move with Lamborghini squad
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Hawkey secures DTM move with Lamborghini squad

Former W Series racer Esmee Hawkey will make her debut in the DTM this year with T3 Motorsport, becoming the second female driver on the 2021 grid after Sophia Floersch.

Audi DTM team boss likens "wiser" Muller to Rast

Nico Muller has matured as a driver over the years and has a “lot of similarities” with his Audi DTM predecessor Rene Rast, according to Team Rosberg chief Kimmo Liimatainen.

Hawkey set to join DTM in second Lamborghini

Lamborghini squad T3 Motorsport is set to expand its presence in the DTM by adding a second car for former W Series racer Esmee Hawkey.

DTM reduces Monza race distance over fuel mileage fears

The DTM’s first-ever races under GT3 regulations at Monza will run to a reduced duration of 50 minutes to avoid the risk of cars running out of fuel.

Mercedes driver Auer shrugs off BMW tyre criticism

Mercedes driver Lucas Auer has hailed Michelin for producing a “great” and “consistent” tyre following unease in the BMW camp over the DTM’s move to the S8M medium compound.

DTM tyre choice "doesn't work for BMW", says Rowe boss

Long-time BMW GT3 squad Rowe Racing has voiced its displeasure at the DTM’s tyre choice for the 2021 season, saying Michelin’s S8M compound “doesn’t work" for the M6 GT3.

Why ex-F1 racer Klien hasn't raced in the DTM until now

Ex-Formula 1 racer Christian Klien says he never seriously considered racing in the DTM until the championship’s move to GT3 cars presented an opportunity to contest a part campaign in 2021.

BMW DTM team voices fuel mileage fears for Monza

There is a real risk of DTM cars running out of fuel in the season-opening round at Monza due to the aggressive Balance of Performance employed by the series, according to BMW squad Walkenhorst Motorsport.

DTM still without fuel supplier as first GT3 race looms

The DTM is still without a fuel partner with just a month to go for the start of its first GT3 season at Monza in June.

Glock getting to grips with 'Space Drive' system in DTM

Timo Glock says he is still adjusting to the 'Space Drive' steer-by-wire system on his BMW M6 GT3 following the final DTM test at the Lausitzring.

Have Audi and BMW been hiding their pace in DTM testing?

The disparity in performance between different manufacturers in DTM pre-season testing has prompted discussions regarding the true performance of the cars, with many questioning why Audi and BMW were so far off the pace. 

DTM set to use single Michelin tyre in first GT3 season
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DTM set to use single Michelin tyre in first GT3 season

The DTM is set to rely on a single tyre compound for the 2021 season under GT3 regulations, opting for the medium rubber from Michelin’s range.

Gotz leads Lawson, Albon as DTM testing ends

Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz remained on top as the DTM's final pre-season test of 2021 came to a conclusion at the Lausitzring on Thursday.

Gotz leads Albon on second day of DTM Lausitzring testing

Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz topped the timesheets on the second day of DTM pre-season testing at Lausitzring, beating Red Bull’s Formula 1 reserve Alex Albon.

Mercedes quickest as DTM testing resumes at Lausitzring
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Mercedes quickest as DTM testing resumes at Lausitzring

Maximilian Gotz led a 1-2-3-4-5 for Mercedes as the second and final DTM pre-season test of the 2021 season got underway in mixed conditions at the Lausitzring on Tuesday.

KTM could join DTM this year with Red Bull backing

KTM could make its debut in the new-look DTM this year with the new X-Bow car in a project backed by Red Bull, Motorsport.com's sister platform Motorsport-Total.com (Germany) reports.

Lamborghini to be represented in DTM by T3 Motorsport

Italian supercar brand Lamborghini will be represented in the DTM for the first time at the start of its new GT3 era in 2021.

Opinion: DTM has proved naysayers wrong with GT3 move

The DTM’s decision to drop Class One in favour of GT3 regulations was met with a largely negative response last year, but a strong cast of drivers and manufacturer-backed teams has restored faith in the championship ahead of the start of its new era, says Rachit Thukral.

Mercedes wants open exhaust system in DTM this year

Mercedes wants the DTM to introduce open exhaust systems in the series this year to boost the sound made by the cars.

Button could make guest appearances in DTM next year

2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button could make guest appearances in the DTM in 2022 at the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3, according to the co-owner of Jenson Team Rocket RJN, Chris Buncombe.

Porsche team's DTM plans thwarted by car unavailability

Speed Monkeys’ plans to step up to the DTM have been thwarted by the unavailability of a used Porsche 911 GT3 R at a competitive price.

Glock, Muller wary of threat from "GT3 specialists" in DTM
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Glock, Muller wary of threat from "GT3 specialists" in DTM

Timo Glock and Nico Muller believe they could face a stern challenge from “GT3 specialists” in the new-look DTM this year.

Rowe Racing won't enter Porsche in DTM this year

Rowe Racing will not enter a Porsche on top of its existing two-car BMW programme in the DTM, team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf has clarified.

DTM wants to be the fastest GT3 series in 2021

The DTM is aiming to become the fastest GT3 championship in the world in 2021 with an aggressive use of the Balance of Performance system, according to the series’ technical chief.

Albon: Reserve duties will play bigger role than DTM in F1 return
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Albon: Reserve duties will play bigger role than DTM in F1 return

Alex Albon believes his test and reserve driver duties with Red Bull will play a bigger role in securing a potential Formula 1 return than anything he does in the DTM.

Paffett reveals story behind unlikely DTM return
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Paffett reveals story behind unlikely DTM return

Gary Paffett says he didn’t originally intend to race in the new-look DTM and it was only a phone call in late February that put in motion a series of events that secured his return to the series.

Gallery: New GT3 era of DTM begins

The new GT3 era of the DTM officially got underway with a two-day test at the Hockenheim circuit this week. Scroll down for a selection of pictures from the test.

Auer, Mercedes fastest at Hockenheim as DTM test ends
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Auer, Mercedes fastest at Hockenheim as DTM test ends

Lucas Auer led a 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish for Mercedes at Hockenheim, as the first pre-season test of the 2021 DTM season came to a close on Thursday.

Mercedes leads first day of DTM testing with GT3 cars

Maximilian Gotz led a 1-2 finish for Mercedes in a snow-disrupted opening day of DTM pre-season test at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany.

Who is driving in the GT3-based DTM this year?

With testing for the new GT3 era of the DTM beginning on Wednesday, we’ve collated a list of all the teams and drivers to have been confirmed for the 2021 season so far.

Berger: Addition of top teams vindicates DTM's GT3 move

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the addition of top sportscar racing teams from Europe and Asia has vindicated the championship's decision to adopt GT3 regulations for this season.

Paffett returns to DTM as Mercedes names full line-up

Gary Paffett will return to the DTM this year as part of an expanded seven-car line-up of Mercedes factory-supported teams in the series.

BMW star Wittmann remains in DTM with Walkenhorst

Factory BMW driver Marco Wittmann has joined Walkenhorst Motorsport for its entry into the DTM in 2021.

Rast not ruling out DTM return amid impending Audi FE exit

Rene Rast is leaving the door open for a return to the DTM in 2022 due to Audi’s impending exit from Formula E at the end of the current campaign.

Maini makes DTM switch with Mercedes team GetSpeed

Former Haas Formula 1 development driver Arjun Maini will contest his first season in GT3 cars this year after joining the Mercedes-affiliated GetSpeed Racing team.

Glock joins Rowe Racing BMW for ninth DTM season

Timo Glock will drive a BMW M6 GT3 for Rowe Racing in the 2021 DTM season, partnering fellow factory BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde.

Jenson Button's team withdraws McLaren entry from DTM

Jenson Team Rocket RJN has backed out of its planned DTM entry and will instead focus its efforts on GT World Challenge Europe and British GT in 2021.

Factory Mercedes driver Juncadella returns to DTM with GruppeM

Daniel Juncadella will return to the DTM this year to drive GruppeM's sole factory-supported Mercedes entry in the series.

Floersch moves to DTM in Abt's third Audi R8 LMS

Abt will expand to three Audi Sports R8 LMS GT3 cars in the DTM this season after signing former FIA Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch.

DTM drive "natural" next step for Cassidy and Red Bull

Nick Cassidy says it was only “natural” for him and Red Bull to extend their relationship to a partial DTM programme following his move from Japan to Europe.

Ghiotto, Floersch set to race in DTM in 2021

Formula 2 race winner Luca Ghiotto and ex-Formula 3 racer Sophia Floersch are both poised to race in the DTM for the series' first season under GT3 regulations.

Klien to contest select DTM races in 2021 with McLaren

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien will make his DTM debut in 2021 as part of a three-race programme with JP Motorsport.

Porsche team "really optimistic" about entering DTM

The Speed Monkeys team is in an “advanced planning stage” to field a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the DTM this year for reigning DTM Trophy champion Tim Heinemann.

BMW driver van der Linde joins Rowe Racing's DTM effort

Factory BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde will remain in the DTM this year after signing a deal with BMW customer squad Rowe Racing.

DTM made failed bid for Hulkenberg to race Lamborghini

Gerhard Berger had planned a Lamborghini all-star team comprising Nico Hulkenberg and Jacques Villeneuve for the 2021 DTM season but he ultimately failed to strike a deal, Motorsport.com has learned. 

Ex-F1 driver Klien to contest part campaign in DTM

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien has revealed that he will contest selected rounds of the 2021 DTM season in a Mercedes AMG GT3.