Nov 15

Christian Vietoris: DTM instead of F1 test

Vietoris is more than happy to miss out on the F1 trial to be involved in the DTM testing with Mercedes

GP2 - Monza - Racing Engineering - Christian VietorisDTM logoChristian Vietoris was actually due to link up with the Lotus Renault GP team for this week’s Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, but he has now pulled out. Instead, he will be spending Tuesday to Thursday taking the new DTM AMG Mercedes C Coupé out for the first time at the Monte Blanco circuit in Spain.

On the final race weekend of the DTM season at Hockenheim, Vietoris accepted the invitation by Renault team boss Eric Boullier to take an F1 test. “He offered me the chance, so of course I said yes,” Vietoris revealed to Motorsport-Magazin.com at the time. “There were no promises about next year; it was simply a reward for the solid season that I’ve had.”

However, Vietoris is more than happy to miss out on the F1 trial to be involved in the DTM testing with Mercedes and to secure a long-term future with the manufacturer. “For me, the DTM has priority,” Vietoris told Motorsport-Magazin.com. The indications are that Vietoris will now be lining up for Mercedes once again in next year’s DTM.

Five facts about Christian Vietoris

1. In the 2011 season, Vietoris was competing on two fronts – in the DTM and in GP2. In his rookie season, he scored four points with Mercedes. His best DTM result to date was a fifth place at Oschersleben. He won two of his GP2 races.

2. In 2006, Christian Vietoris won the Formula BMW Deutschland title and the Formula BMW World Championship Final. As a reward, he was invited to test-drive a BMW Sauber F1 car at Valencia in 2007.

3. On the night before his first F1 test, Vietoris didn’t get to sleep until 2.30am. He says the most exciting moment was when he exited the pit lane in front of the huge crowd and all the cameramen. But it was all worthwhile, he told Motorsport-Magazin.com at the time: “It’s totally cool. The centrifugal forces and the braking in the car – just incredible.”

4. Vietoris’s helmet design keeps changing. The basic outline is always the same, but the colours vary. “I just try to follow the fashion.” He makes his choice spontaneously: “Mostly the helmet I’ve been most successful in.”

5. In 2005, Vietoris almost quit the sport to train for a career in wholesale commerce. A conversation with racing driver Christian Menzel stopped him: “He persuaded me to carry on in motor racing. I’m glad I listened to him.”

source: Stephan Heublein, motorsport-magazin.com