Now that the 2012 DTM season has been written into the record books, Mercedes’ DTM team is undoubtedly working hard to make sure that Mercedes dominates the 2013 series. Although the team led the series through most of the season, the final two races demonstrated how fortunes can change in racing. BMW, in its comeback campaign after a 20-year hiatus in DTM, manage to pip the championship from under the Mercedes team’s nose. This is not to say that the final two seasons were all that decided the series. Rather, Mercedes’s consistency in all of its races allowed it to maintain a comfortable lead through most of the season. However, its rival’s undoubted experience in racing allowed it to stay within striking distance of the championship. And unfortunately in the penultimate race, Mercedes driver Paffett was forced to retire, with the effect of throwing the championship wide open as he was left with only a 3 point lead.
For the 2013 season, a new track has been included in the provisional calendar. This will be in Moscow, for the seventh race of the season. While the DTM is a German championship, organizers have seen the benefit of an international audience, so apart from the new Moscow race, other foreign venues that will continue to host the DTM next year will include Brands Hatch in the UK, the Red Bull Ring in Austria and scenic Zandvoort in the Netherlands.