Will the Schumacher name return to the DTM in 2022? That is anything but impossible, because David Schumacher will be testing a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the main racing team at the Mercedes-AMG DTM Young Driver Test in Le Castellet next week.
“It’s true that David Schumacher will test for us,” confirms HRT Managing Director Ulrich Fritz in an interview with “Motorsport-Total.com”. And he suggests that entering the DTM could actually be an issue, because the team is considering the use of a third car for 2022.
“Two to three cars are realistic,” said the ex-AMG DTM boss. “The question is: What can be financed? Where can you find good sponsors and good drivers for it? The basis could already be created in Le Castellet. We want to find the first answer to the question there.”
Beckmann and Zendeli also work at HRT
During the two-day test, which will take place on November 10th and 11th, the 20-year-old son of Ralf Schumacher will compete with Vincent Abril’s racing car with the German Formula 2 talents David Beckmann and Lirin Zendeli as well as the British Formula One 2 pilots share Jack Hughes. The plan is for Zendeli and Hughes to take turns on Wednesday before Beckmann and Schumacher play on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Beckmann and the 22-year-old Zendeli are currently among the greatest German young hopes: Beckmann took two podium places in Formula 2 this season and is currently 13th, Zendeli is in 17th place.
How attractive is the DTM for David Schumacher?
In the case of David Schumacher, who was on the podium twice in Formula 3 in 2021 with victory in Spielberg and second place in Spa, it is currently unclear whether he will continue to use the expensive formula path or whether he will go for the cheaper one, but medially wants to switch to a very attractive DTM. Certainly not a disadvantage: Schumacher’s sponsor Dekra is also a DTM partner. And ex-sponsor BWT could also be interested in a DTM involvement.
It is not yet clear whether the planned test schedule will hold, as changeable weather conditions are expected for both days. “If you found out that one day was completely wet and one day completely dry, you might be knocked over again,” confirms Fritz. “But that’s the basic plan now.”
Jonathan Aberdein makes DTM test comeback
In addition to HRT, the Winward and GruppeM teams also take part in the Young Driver Test for the DTM, which is carried out on the Formula 1 track variant without chicane on the Mistral straight.
The Winward team uses Philip Ellis’ racing car and relies on ex-DTM driver Jonathan Aberdein, who was runner-up in the ELMS with United Autosports in the LMP2 Oreca this year after separating from BMW. In addition, the 35-year-old Argentinian Esteban Guerrieri is given a test chance.
And at GruppeM, where an additional second car is planned for 2022, racing driver Reema Juffali from Saudi Arabia and Briton William Tregurtha, who competed for T3 in the ADAC GT Masters in 2019, will be racing. The GetSpeed team originally also wanted to take part in the Young Driver test, but will now, like many other Mercedes-AMG teams, test for other racing series. Therefore, you can expect a lot of activity on the racetrack.
Auer und Stolz as reference drivers: This is how the test works
In addition to the DTM aspirants for 2022, Mercedes-AMG works drivers such as Lucas Auer, who should provide reference times, will also be racing. “With us, Luca Stolz will be a bit of a reference,” reveals HRT managing director Fritz. “We can assess him quite well.”
As a reminder: Proudly impressed this season at his DTM guest start for Toksport WRT with a podium finish at the Nürburgring and was one of the fastest Mercedes-AMG drivers in both races. He too could be a DTM candidate for 2022.
“We have a defined program,” says Fritz, explaining the course of the test. “We agreed with the other teams, especially Winward, with regard to the program so that it would be comparable. In the end we have a portfolio of several cars and several drivers, where you can pretty well assess who showed what performance Has.”