Mattias Ekstrom, a two-time DTM champion, says the interest shown by Timo Glock and Robert Kubica in the series is a proof that it is becoming more and more important.
German Timo Glock is the latest driver to choose to continue his career in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) after leaving Formula 1, just like Jean Alesi, Mika Hakkinen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard have done in the past.
While the ex-Marussia driver tested the BMW M3 at Valencia last week, Robert Kubica was doing the same thing with Mercedes. The Pole continues to recover from the injuries suffered in a rally crash in 2011.
“All of these drivers – it doesn’t matter where they come from or whatever they do – it shows DTM is getting stronger year by year. Timo lives close to me, and he is a hero in Germany. I think he will be a good strength for the DTM,” Ekstrom was quoted as saying by Autosport.
The Swede also wished Kubica well so that he returns to competitive motorsport. “I really hope and wish that Robert can be healthy enough to drive in a professional series again,” he said.