The German Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series for ‘silhouette’ touring cars produces some of the most technically sophisticated and spectacular racing cars ever seen. This is the works AMG-Mercedes Benz C-class DTM car that double world Formula 1 Champion Mika Hakkinen raced in 2005. After retiring from the McLaren-Mercedes F1 team at the end of 2001 Hakkinen decided to return to competition in 2005 driving for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM. Hakkinen had been a fan of DTm racing and said after his first test in the car: “I soon realised that I’m not ready to retire for good, it was just the right moment that MercedesBenz offered me to test a DTM car. I saw immediately that I still enjoy racing very much and during the test my lap times were at the same level as those of the touring car specialists, I know, of course, that I first have to get used to a DTM car to be able to fight with the front runners. The AMGMercedes C Class, however, is a great car and with it I want to be consistently competitive soon.”
The double World Champion ended that come-back season fifth in his maiden DTM Championship with a fine 3rd place in his second race followed up by a superb victory at the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, were he also started from pole and made fastest lap in the race.