Confirmed – Ralf to test DTM car this week

Tue, 15 January 2008, 12:29

Mercedes-Benz, the German touring car series and Ralf Schumacher have all confirmed that the 32-year-old German will test a DTM car this week.

It was reported that the 32-year-old, the former winner of six grands prix who lost his Toyota seat at the end of 2007, is scheduled to line up alongside fellow F1 refugee Christian Klien for a test in a C-Class Mercedes at Estoril on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Ralf watches nearly every (DTM) race on television,” Norbert Haug, Mercedes’ competition director, told the newspaper Bild.

“As we have always said, if the contractual situation ever permits, we would arrange a test for him,” the German added.

Ralf Schumacher commented: “First and foremost the test will be for fun, and then we will see how it continues.”

A Mercedes-Benz media spokesperson, meanwhile, told the official DTM website that – despite the reported presence of Klien and other drivers at the Portuguese circuit – the Estoril test is not a “shootout” for a race seat.

“What will come out of this test is completely open,” he said.

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