Hamilton to attend Hockenheim DTM finale
8 October 2013 – Lewis Hamilton will put in an appearance at the final race of the DTM season at Hockenheim on October 20, it has been confirmed.
Hamilton will be a special guest of Mercedes-Benz at the event and will also perform chauffeuring duties, driving passengers around the track in a Mercedes-Benz DTM 'race taxi'.
“I'm really looking forward to attending the DTM finale at Hockenheim and making a return to the DTM paddock,” said the Brit, who will travel back to Europe for the event, in between this weekend’s race in Japan and the one in India at the end of the month.
“I've always been part of the Mercedes-Benz family right from the start of my career in motor racing. During my two years in the Formula 3 Euro Series [in 2004 and 2005], I was really in my element on those DTM weekends. The DTM is a highly professional racing series that pulls in unbelievably enthusiastic crowds, which makes it the perfect environment for young drivers to take the first steps in their career. I have very fond memories of my time in the DTM environment and am curious to see how many faces I will recognise in the Hockenheim paddock.”
As for the Japanese Grand Prix this Sunday, Hamilton is excited about the prospect of heading back to Suzuka for the 15th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“Suzuka is one of the few tracks we have left in F1 with the authenticity of a real old-school circuit,” he added.
“I drove there for the first time in 2009 and it takes a while to pick up pace each year because of how fast-flowing it is. If you touch the grass at any point, it's going to spin you off into the wall, so it's a much more demanding circuit in terms of precision, positioning and turning points for each corner.
“It's a real race track where you have to think ahead as a driver and it just needs crazy levels of downforce from the car. From my point of view, the car felt fantastic to drive in Korea when everything was hooked up, so I am excited to get to Japan and see what we can do there,” he concluded.