No Mercedes DTM seat for Kubica

Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica during DTM test

Robert Kubica has been left out of Mercedes 2013 lineup for the German touring car series DTM.

Last month, the Pole tested one of the German marque’s cars, with Toto Wolff saying it was a “proper test in a proper race car”.

“Let’s see how it goes,” said Mercedes’ new motor racing director.

While now successful in lower-tier rallying, former Renault and BMW driver Kubica is still unable to drive a powerful single seater due to the limitations of his right arm, which was almost severed in an early 2011 rally crash.

Mercedes announced on Wednesday that it has entered six DTM cars in the 2013 series, but none of them will be raced by Kubica.

Instead, Mercedes’ lineup features Ralf Schumacher, Gary Paffett, Roberto Merhi, Christian Vietoris, Robert Wickens and newcomer Daniel Juncadella.

The marque said F1 driver Nico Rosberg will mentor the youngsters.

“I am looking forward to following their progress this season and can maybe give the young guns a tip or two,” he said. (GMM)

  • Max Smoot

    Surely Ralf Schumacher has had his day. Putting Kubica in that car would be a stroke of marketing genius for the DTM.

  • Apex Assassin

    meh. He was a great F1 driver, sad he’ll never reach his former potential. Now he needs to focus on racing at a level where he can compete. Apparently Merc didn’t think he was up for it. Though one can bet they kept Ralf to help sway Michael back into the team… gotta think they’ll want him to fill Lauda’a shoes when the time comes.