Continuing with their tradition of providing young talent with a competitive stepping stone to world-class competition, Mercedes has announced a trio of drivers who will compete as members of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team. Using a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé as their platform, drivers Roberto Merhi (Spain, 20, Junge Sterne Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, Persson Motorsport), Christian Vietoris (Germany, 23, Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé, HWA) and Robert Wickens (Canada, 22, stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, Mücke Motorsport) will together be contesting the world’s most popular touring car series.
As a matter of record, the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team of the 90s featured Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger. At present, eight out of 24 F1 drivers in 2012 and five out of nine Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers in 2011 previously competed in Formula 3 in a Mercedes-powered car. With this record, it’s clear that being selected to be a member of the Mercedes Junior Team is an affirmation of a driver’s talent and is a huge step towards the pinnacle of motorsports competition.