Air Kraft: DTM preview
Audi, Mercedes and BMW are going racing, and whoever has the cleverest wings, wins
Posted: 15 Mar 2012
That shows the calibre of the DTM driver. This series continues to attract the next-big-thing in racing - Paffett nearly got the nod for the McLaren Formula One seat, but Hamilton pipped him to it, Paul di Resta was DTM champ in 2010, Hakkinen has raced in it, Coulthard will be competing next year, as will, er... Ralf Schumacher. Well, you can't have it all.
The reason it attracts such a high standard of racer is that it's relatively easy to switch from DTM to single-seater because they handle similarly. Paffett himself is a full-time test driver for McLaren. The DTM's full carbon chassis runs wishbone suspension all round with in-board pushrod dampers, which is more akin to a single-seater set-up than a BTCC car.