Ralph Schumacher will continue with Mercedes DTM in 2012 image

Mercedes Motorsport division on Thursday said that Ralf Schumacher will continue to race for Mercedes-Benz in the 2012 DTM season.

The German driver, the younger brother of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael, made his DTM debut in 2008 and next season will mark his fifth campaign in the series.

Schumacher will remain with Mercedes, having scored his first two podium finishes – at Hockenheim and the Red Bull Ring – this season.

According to Mercedes Motorsport, his six wins between 1997 and 2007 when he competed in Formula 1 make him the third-most successful German F1 driver after his brother, MERCEDES GP PETRONAS driver Michael Schumacher, and double champion Sebastian Vettel.

Between now and the start of the 2012 season, Schumacher will be heavily involved in the development and testing programme for the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé.

Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “Ralf Schumacher isn’t only the best-known driver in the DTM, he’s also one of the most-liked and most successful in international motorsport. I rate very highly the fact that Ralf walked the difficult road from Formula One to the DTM, boosted the series’ popularity and continuously improved until he scored his first podium.

Meanwhile, Audi will showcase its brand new A5 DTM at the DTM finale at Hockenheim this weekend.