Gary Paffett explains the decision to skip two DTM races

The two-time champion Paffett will not contest the first two races of the newly designed DTM series this year and will postpone his return to Zolder in August, for which Mucke Motorsport will replace the 24-hour winner of Spa, Maximilian Buhk.

The British driver will prioritize his duties on the Mercedes FE team, where he will act as a reserve driver and advisor after driving for his predecessor HWA in the 2018-19 season.

Mercedes is in a close battle with Jaguar and DS Techeetah under its own brand in just its second season in FE, with the three outfits only separated by seven points at halfway through the campaign.

Paffett says his contract with Mercedes in FE will allow him room for other championships in the event of a clash, but he felt obliged to help the German manufacturer secure his first title in the all-electric series.

When asked whether contractual obligations would have forced him to miss the DTM races in Monza and Lausitzring in favor of FE, Paffett told’s sister title “The Formula E team was really good at this one Regards I would like to continue racing alongside my job in Formula E. There were grants for that.

“I missed the first Formula E race in season 6 that I had a contract for because I drove the car in Kyalami [Intercontinental GT Challenge] Endurance racing there.

“So I missed a Formula E to compete in GT3 races. It’s not like it could never happen.

“But the situation is that we are fighting for a world championship and we really have a chance to win it. That is the key factor for us to be really competitive and we don’t want to compromise that at the World Cup. ”Everyone.

“My role in Formula E has expanded massively in the last year and a half. Away from the substitute driver side and more on the advisory, strategic side of things. I will become an essential part of the team.

“The fact that we’re fighting for the World Cup at the moment and we’re doing pretty well is important for me to be there.”

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Paffett admits that he cannot add a third DTM title to his previous successes in 2005 and ’18. AMG GT3.

The system called “Space Drive” by its developers Schaeffler-Paravan makes a conventional steering column and a physical connection to the wheels superfluous, with the mechanical control being replaced by electrical impulses.

“I think it would have been nice to fight honestly for the championship,” said the 40-year-old.

“We are ambitious and want to try to be successful and try to win to be successful.

“I think with the development that we are driving the system, the main purpose of this season is to develop the system further.

“Of course it would be great to be successful and we strive to do that, but to fight in the season to fight for the championship and fight for the championship is unrealistic. We have to work on the car, on the power steering, continue to develop. “

“We have no idea what the BoP is going to be like this year in terms of the different brands and things like that. I think there are a lot of unknowns at the moment. They went their own way and they don’t follow what SRO is doing.

“It would be interesting to see what happens and how the cars are compared, but our goal is the same as before.”

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