Motorsport.com's Top 10 DTM drivers of 2017
After a season of unpredictable races, more politics on and off-track than ever, uncertainty over the series' future and the coronation of a spectacular rookie champion, Motorsport.com selects the top 10 DTM drivers of 2017.
The 2017 DTM season will probably be remembered more for its off-track drama than anything else, with Mercedes’ mid-year bombshell that it will exit the championship after 2018 and the controversy surrounding the oft-derided performance weights, both supplying no small number of headlines.
Amid all the politicking and intrigue, it was easy to overlook the fact that the series enjoyed one of its most entertaining and open-ended title fights for quite some time, one that saw no fewer than six drivers (representing three different marques) head to the Hockenheim finale with a chance of the title.
Switching to GT3 regulations marked a fresh start for the DTM in 2021, but it has also drawn a line in the sand against other series using similar cars by engaging AVL Racing to develop a bespoke Balance of Performance system. Here’s how it works.
OPINION: Facing collapse last year, the DTM has shifted its philosophy from a championship for silhouette-based touring cars to GT machines not too dissimilar to those racing across multiple series worldwide. But despite some initial BoP-based teething troubles, there were some pleasant findings as the 'new DTM' got underway at Monza
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
It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One ruleset, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race.
It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?
Audi's announcement that it will withdraw from the DTM at the end of 2020 was the latest blow for a series that has lost three manufacturers in as many years. Some major soul-searching will now be required to assess how it can survive.
DTM boss Gerhard Berger was a detractor of Formula E and held a reluctance for his series to embrace greener engine technologies. However, this cynic's tune has had to change to ensure DTM's existence as the motorsport world moves forward
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