Who drives Ferrari and criticizes Nicky Thiem?

(Motorsport-Total.com) – As of today – about two weeks before official DTM testing begins in Hockenheim – 26 cars for the 2022 DTM season have been officially announced. But DTM president Gerhard Berger announced in an exclusive interview on the Formula 1.de YouTube channel at the start of Formula 1 that there is more to come.

There has been a lot of confusion surrounding Red Bull’s coupling from AF Corse lately

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“We got in 29 cars in the DTM – and every car and every team is strong,” said the Austrian, who knows the inside entry list.

But who is behind the three cars that are still open? Certainly two vehicles are the AF Corse Ferraris, whose announcement has so far failed only due to the difficult choice of the driver. But the fog is slowly fading in this regard, too.

What is he talking about Felipe Fraga as a Ferrari driver

As Motorsport-Total.com has learned, Brazilian Felipe Fraga is a strong candidate for one of two Ferrari 488 GT3 Evos. In the other car, New Zealander Nick Cassidy, who replaced Alex Albon in the 2022 season finale, is set to return, despite the WEC and two Formula E overlappings.

What speaks for Fraga: The 26-year-old is fast, but above all – like Cassidy – he has a personal sponsorship deal with Red Bull.


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This is no small feat, as the Austrian energy drink group is responsible for driver selection when working with Formula 1 rival Ferrari. So far it has not been easy, with all Red Bull juniors banned from competing due to the numerous overlaps between the formula series and the 2022 DTM calendar.

A fast guy with a lot of experience in GT3

In addition to the Brazilian series of cars, which he won in 2016, the Fraga has also been used regularly in GTE and GT3 cars in recent years. More recently, in the second half of the season last year, he replaced Daniel Juncadilla on the Mercedes AKKA ASP team in the long-distance series of the GT World Challenge Europe, because he started in the DTM.

This year he is scheduled to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Riley in a GTE Pro Ferrari. It would be fine to drive a brand car with the galloping horse in the DTM as well.

Nicky Theme as a surprise for a pole promotion?

To get to 29 cars, one car is still missing. It may be appropriate to hold a press conference by the pole’s promotion agency Dennis Rostek on the topic of “DTM 2022” on Tuesday, where the drivers will be presented for next season. A “big surprise” was also announced.

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This could mean that after Rene Rast, who is being looked after by Rostek, as well as Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde, Nicki Thiim also got a DTM cockpit and Dane’s entry will be served in a ceremonial fashion.

But for which team could the son of DTM legend Kurt Tim start? The 32-year-old Dane is a driver who works for Aston Martin, but according to information from Motorsport-Total.com, the British luxury brand will not offer a car at DTM in 2022, despite efforts.

Spur can lead to T3 Motorsport

So the track could lead to Team T3, because the band from Dresden revealed when Esmee Hawkey announced that they were working on a second Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo. Thiim was a candidate for the T3 team last year and could even have been released from Aston Martin Racing because the British manufacturer could not offer him a comprehensive programme.

It would make sense if they agreed to work together this year, because Thiim really wants to get into the DTM. And, as is known, the T3 team wants to prove to manufacturer Lamborghini that they deserve the factory exemption from the subsidy. With Tim as a better driver? The answer will follow on Tuesday.

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