Formula 1
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Event finished
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
FP1 in
2 days
MotoGP
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
9 days
R
Andalusian GP
24 Jul
-
26 Jul
Next event in
16 days
Formula E
R
Berlin ePrix I
05 Aug
-
05 Aug
Next event in
28 days
R
Berlin ePrix II
06 Aug
-
06 Aug
Next event in
29 days
NASCAR Cup
05 Jul
-
05 Jul
Event finished
R
Kentucky
12 Jul
-
12 Jul
Race in
5 days
IndyCar
10 Jul
-
12 Jul
Qualifying 1 in
4 days
WEC
13 Aug
-
15 Aug
Next event in
36 days
R
Bahrain
19 Nov
-
21 Nov
Next event in
134 days
Supercars
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Event finished
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
9 days

Aberdein in line for Norisring Audi DTM drive

shares
comments
Aberdein in line for Norisring Audi DTM drive
By:
Dec 24, 2019, 2:51 PM

Jonathan Aberdein is set to miss out on a full-time DTM drive in 2020, but could take Robin Frijns' Audi seat for next year's Norisring round, Motorsport.com understands.

Aberdein impressed during his first season for customer Audi squad WRT this year, achieving three top-five finishes and ending up 10th in the standings - scoring more than three times the points of teammate Pietro Fittipaldi.

But the South African was left without a seat when WRT announced Formula 3 graduate Fabio Scherer and ex-IndyCar racer Ed Jones as its 2020 drivers.

Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass often spoke highly of Aberdein during the 2019 campaign and described him as a potential candidate for a factory Audi drive.

An opportunity to race full-time for Audi as early as 2020 appears to be impossible, however, as the Ingolstadt marque is set to retain all six of its current drivers: Frijns, Rene Rast, Loic Duval, Mike Rockenfeller, Nico Muller and Jamie Green.

Frijns is set to miss the Norisring weekend in July because it clashes with the New York Formula E round, and his contract with Audi customer team Virgin Racing takes priority.

Aberdein would appear to be the first option to replace the Dutchman that weekend as part of a potential deal to represent Audi in other championships in 2020, with the intention of promoting him to a full-time DTM drive in 2021.

WRT's other 2019 driver Fittipaldi has already confirmed he will leave the DTM in favour of a return to Super Formula with the B-Max/Motopark outfit.

Dragon FE racer Muller is another Audi driver affected by the Norisring/New York clash, but in the Swiss driver's case his DTM commitments take priority.

Top 3 after Qualifying, Pole sitter René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Jonathan Aberdein, Audi Sport Team WRT, Mike Rockenfeller, Audi Sport Team Phoenix

Top 3 after Qualifying, Pole sitter René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Jonathan Aberdein, Audi Sport Team WRT, Mike Rockenfeller, Audi Sport Team Phoenix

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

Next article
DTM finalising hybrid powertrain spec for 2022 debut

Previous article

DTM finalising hybrid powertrain spec for 2022 debut

Next article

DTM set to double push-to-pass power boost

DTM set to double push-to-pass power boost
Load comments

About this article

Series DTM
Drivers Jonathan Aberdein
Author Sven Haidinger