Paffett extends Mercedes DTM contract
15 June 2011 – McLaren reserve driver Gary Paffett has extended his Mercedes DTM contract, confirming his long-term commitment to the German touring car championship. The Englishman, who clinched the title in 2005, is the first driver to be signed by the silver arrows prior to the introduction of the series’ new technical regulations next year.
“I am delighted to continue my relationship with Mercedes-Benz for the long-term,” comments the 30-year-old from Bromley. “We have worked together for a long time, enjoyed a lot of success and I feel a big part of this successful racing family.
“Gary is a vital part of our very successful history in the DTM,” adds Norbert Haug, Vice President for Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “He is a racer in the purest form - straight and tough, but always fair. This new contract will take us into a second decade together and we will work hard to ensure it will be just as successful as our first - or even better.”
An exact length of the contract extension has not been specified.