Aston Martin and R-Motorsport have completed their four driver line-up for the 2019 DTM season by signing Dani Juncadella and Ferdinand Habsburg.
After announcing former DTM champion Paul Di Resta and rookie Jake Dennis last week, the HWA-run R-Motorsport completed their line-up for their first season in the series with a mix of experience and youth.
Juncadella raced for Mercedes in the 2018 DTM series, scoring a victory at Brands Hatch. The Spaniard was part of Nissan Super GT shootout last year in Fuji and is understood to have rejected an offer from the Japanese manufacturer to retain links with HWA, who managed the Mercedes DTM.
Speaking to Autosport, Juncadella explained the thoughts behind his decision. “It was a good year for me in the DTM in many aspects, although the final result in the championship did not show it. I wanted to continue here, especially with the change in the regulations. The truth is that it was a difficult decision, because it did not depend on myself 100%”.
“R-Motorsport was my first choice because I know the engineers, mechanics and the people who work in HWA.” added Juncadella. “It has been a difficult winter because I had to set aside other things that perhaps were also attractive”.
The 27-year old will be looking to improve on his 15th in last season’s championship and R-Motorsport will want to use his previous experience along with Di Resta to develop the Vantage DTM as quickly as possible.
Habsburg arrives at the team having spent five seasons in single-seaters, his best finish of seventh in the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European series with one race victory at Spa. The Austrian almost claimed victory in the season-ending Macau Grand Prix in the same year but crashed at the final corner, falling to fourth as he dragged his damaged car across the line.
The 21-year old has made his debut with a roof on. He finished fifth in last year’s Daytona 24 Hours whilst also taking part in an International GT Open race in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Estoril.
Habsburg was due to test for Audi in the annual DTM Young Driver test last December but made a late switch to the HWA Mercedes line-up, placing him in the prime position to claim the final seat.