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Lauda Wants F1 Drivers To Compete In DTM During Season

Former F1 World Champion Niki Lauda has told journalists that he would like to see F1 drivers competing in more than their single series during the season, and cited the German Touring Car series DTM as a possible second race for them.

The DTM series is a pinnacle world touring car series, but has been suffering in recent years with reduced entries, rule changes and drivers leaving.  Despite this it has been successful in expanding various rounds outside of Germany, to locations such as Zandvoort in the Netherlands and also Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom.

Former F1 drivers have competed in the series, including Mika Hakkinen, Heinz Harald Frentzen, Ralf Schumahcer and Jean Alesi.  Michael Schumacher also did a short stint in DTM with Mercedes before hitting the F1 scene.

Lauda reckons that someone like Lewis Hamilton could race for AMG Mercedes in the series, and Sebastian Vettel could drive for Red Bull Audi.  He also believes that this would be a good way for the drivers to justify their salaries.

On the subject of salary capping, Lauda said “[the idea is] utter nonsense. It is a free market,”

Former drivers like Mika Hakkinen have found some success in DTM

Former drivers like Mika Hakkinen have found some success in DTM

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