Maro Engel: Fully focused on Formula E and GT racing
Maro Engel is leaving the DTM to concentrate fully on Formula E and his race commitments in the Mercedes-AMG GT3
- Clashes of dates between the DTM and Formula E mean that DTM race winner Maro Engel will not compete in the DTM during 2018
- Maro Engel: “Unfortunately, there’s no easy solution, but I would love to be lining up again in the DTM”
- Ulrich Fritz: “Maro remains part of the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport family and everyone in the DTM team will be wishing him the best of luck in his races in 2018”
The DTM, Formula E and several race outings in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 kept Maro Engel very busy during the 2017 season, but the all-round talent will focus on Formula E and GT racing during 2018.
Maro: “I still had a small score to settle after my first stint in the DTM, which I was able to put right last year by taking my maiden win in Moscow. I’m very grateful to the team for making that possible. Thank you very much to the entire team for a fantastic time. It’s a pity that the Formula E and the DTM racing calendars overlap to some extent this season. Unfortunately, there’s no easy solution, because I would love to be lining up again in the DTM, especially as it’s Mercedes-AMG’s final year in the series. With an eye to the future, though, we decided that I would concentrate fully on Formula E and GT racing in 2018. However, I intend to be at some of the team’s races and hope they can bring the title back to Stuttgart and Affalterbach in their swan-song year.”
The hard-working driver aims to focus on his second season in Formula E and on further race outings in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 this year. “I owe a great deal to the customer sports programme and to Mercedes-AMG,” added Maro. “That’s why I was so keen to go on competing in major GT events. I really enjoy it and am look forward to taking part again this year.”
Maro’s season has already begun in both series. He was in Santiago de Chile last weekend to contest the fourth Formula E race of the season where he partnered his old Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM team-mate from 2017, Edoardo Mortara, at Team Venturi. Maro had already taken part in his first race of the season in the Mercedes‑A MG GT3 the week prior to that in the 24-Hours of Daytona.
“Maro was an important member of our team last season in the DTM and proved what a great racing driver he is with his win in Moscow,” said Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Ulrich Fritz. “Many thanks again for that one! This season, he is fully focused on Formula E and our customer sports programme. He’s an absolute all rounder, fast in any racing car, so I know he’ll be successful again this year whether it’s in a single-seater Formula E racing car or in a GT car. Maro remains part of the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport family and everyone in the DTM team will be wishing him the best of luck in all his races in 2018.”
Maro can look back on five years actively competing in the DTM. He contested 60 DTM races for the brand with the star during 2008 - 2011 and in 2017, scoring 67 points. He achieved his best result last year in the second race in Moscow where he took his maiden win in the DTM. Maro will next race in Formula E in the Mexico ePrix on 3rd March at the Hermanos Rodriguez Autodromo.