Audi and BMW issued initial responses to the shock announcement that Mercedes will quit DTM after 2018 season. Last Monday, it was announced that the German brand will withdraw from the premiere tin-top series and will be focussing on making big leaps in the world of electric racing with Formula E as similar to Porsche from the beginning of 2019.
Mercedes won’t be present in the DTM in 2019 for the first time since 1987, with Audi and BMW left as the two remaining companies. The last time DTM had only two manufacturers was prior to BMW’s return in 2012.
Both Audi and BMW said they would consider options following Mercedes’ announcement but Audi reiterated touring car’s vital importance to its motorsport program. While expressing regret, Audi added that the arrival of Merc in Formula E underlines the importance of the burgeoning all-electric FE.
Audi will be taking over Abt team’s Formula E entry starting from season four while BMW also confirmed it will have a works operation the following season. There is little in doubt that the German trio will be giving tough competition to existing competitors including Mahindra Racing.