• Feb 18, 2008

The Schumacher brothers, now both out of F1 where they were the most successful German drivers in the sport's history, are racing in every which direction. Following reports that Michael may be trying his hand at MotoGP motorbike racing comes confirmation from kid brother Ralf that he's moving to the popular DTM German touring car series.

The news comes after Ralf's previous test with the Mercedes AMG team in DTM at Portugal's Estoril race track, where he apparently found his niche after losing his ride in F1. The younger Schumacher will make his race debut at Hockenheim on April 13 behind the wheel of a 2007-spec Trilux AMG C-Class, not unlike the one Mercedes is selling at auction. After learning the ropes of the touring car scene, Schumi Jr. could fill the void left by the Mika Hakkinen's departure. Thanks for the tip, Toppi!

[Source: Mercedes-Benz Motorsport and Autosport]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      He's doing this becasue the options were:
      A - No drive
      B - Force India didn't want him
      C- At least it's a quazi factory drive
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Ralf is misunderstood, he probably has driving skills very similar to his brother.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If that's the case he's managed to hide it very well. And now all he gets is a DTM drive in a last season's car (according to Haug his testing times were "quite ok", what an endorsement). Don't know why he's doing this to himself.
      • 6 Years Ago
      DTM is awesome. I wish Ralf the best. Along with Lauda.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like to add that no one is going to fill Mika's place...merely carve a new space for himself (Ralf).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Eddie Jordan brought both Schumacher brothers into F1. In 1997 the Schumacher name did carry a lot of clout because Michael had won back to back championships with Benetton in '94 and '95. In 1996 at Spa he put in a wet weather drive that to this day is considered one of the best wins ever.
      It probably wasn't a coincidence that the two Schumacher brothers both came into F1 through the same team...the name does carry clout.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Michael was the most successful German F1 driver. Ralf only got there because of his name.
        • 6 Years Ago
        When Ralf first came into F1 in 1997 he was exciting to watch, the car was always on the edge and you could see he was pushing hard. After getting picked up by Williams he just kind of fizzled. Yes, when things were on the line he'd turn in the occasional spectacular drive but for the most part he just doesn't have the abilities of his older brother.
        David Hobbs said it best while commenting on Ralf being given a drive with Toyota. He said, "They hired the wrong Schumacher".

        Also, if the "Schumacher" name didn't carry any weight how did Ralf's wife (Hard) Cora get paid $600,000 a year to drive in a DTM support series?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, that's a bit harsh. Ralf doesn't hold a candle to Michael, but he's still a pretty good driver. He had relatively good seasons when driving for Jordan and Williams early in his career, and managed to score many podium finishes including 6 wins.The younger, more talented drivers showed him up terribly in the latter part of his career, but no one gets a drive in an F1 machine based on their name alone. He just stayed in it too long I think. He should've retired to another series when he just started having his ass handed to him.