The decision makers in DTM appreciate that the drivers who have been promoted to DTM from the Formula European Masters and its predecessors are perfectly trained. Consequently, the teams representing Audi, BMW and Aston Martin also rely on quite a number of drivers that learned their trade in the predecessors of the Formula European Masters.
All the four drivers racing for Aston Martin can look back on successes in Formula 3 and two of them even won the title. Paul di Resta won the 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series Championship and on his way to doing so he defeated – inter alia – Sebastian Vettel, today a four-time F1 World Champion. And in 2010, the Scot added the DTM Championship trophy to his silverware collection. Daniel Juncadella won the Euro Series title in 2012. He prevailed against Pascal Wehrlein who later made it to Formula One. While Jake Dennis and Ferdinand Habsburg who will make their DTM debut in early May were successful in the Formula 3 European Championship. Habsburg even made it from Formula 3 to DTM straight away.
The BMW line-up also features numerous drivers who once raced in the Formula European Masters predecessors. Joel Eriksson, in 2017 Vice-Champion in the F3 European Championship, proved – not only by winning one of last year’s Misano rounds – that he had what it took to match the pace of the quickest right away. Marco Wittmann and Bruno Spengler learned all the things they needed for DTM in the Formula 3 Euro Series and made use of what they learned by celebrating major successes: Spengler won the DTM title in 2012, with Wittmann even securing two DTM Championship trophies – in 2014 and 2016. Timo Glock who raced as young talent in both the Formula 3 Euro Series and the International German Formula 3 Championship, also is a regular race-win contender in DTM.
Loïc Duval and Jamie Green represent the former F3-driver faction in the Audi camp. In 2004, Green won the title in the second Formula 3 Euro Series season. In the extremely competitive field he succeeded in keeping – inter alia – the future F1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at bay. Duval secured numerous Formula 3 Euro Series podiums in 2004 and 2005, thus perfectly preparing for a motor-racing career that resulted – so far – in title wins in Japan and the FIA World Endurance Championship, WEC.
DTM and the Formula European Masters once again demonstrate their close connections: the 2019 season of the junior series will completely be held in the DTM support programme, with the season being kicked off in early May.