Everything indicates that the GetSpeed squad will not start in the DTM in 2022. And that despite the fact that they had announced in October of the previous year that they wanted to expand their commitment after entering the DTM with Arjun Maini in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 2022 and were planning “the use of two GT3 cars”.
But on Friday, Adam Osieka’s squad based at the Nürburgring announced a program with three Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars in the GT Open series, which, in addition to being used in the first NLS races and the 24-hour Classics on the Nordschleife will contest with two vehicles.
Why is this a clear signal against a continuation of the DTM project: The GT Open calendar, which includes seven weekends, overlaps with five of a total of eight DTM weekends, which means that a double program would make little sense.
GT Open: Five overlaps with DTM calendar
Originally it was an issue that the GT Open series would start its season on April 30th and May 1st as part of the DTM supporting program in Portimao, but for logistical reasons Estoril was then chosen instead. Other scheduling clashes include Lausitzring and Le Castellet on May 21 and 22, Imola and Spa on June 18 and 19, Spa and Spielberg on September 10 and 11, and Spielberg and Monza on September 24 and 25.
What made GetSpeed seem to be turning their backs on the DTM, despite their original plans to the contrary?
The background may have been the driver castling in the Mercedes-AMG warehouse behind the scenes. According to information from ‘Motorsport-Total.com’, the 23-year-old Maini, who competed for GetSpeed in the DTM in 2021, is switching as Luca Stolz’s teammate to Hubert Haupt’s HRT team, which won the title with Maximilian Götz.
GetSpeed believed in continuing the DTM project with Maini
The Indian has strong sponsors behind him and last year provided the financing for the GetSpeed project, which received no Mercedes-AMG factory support and only came about afterwards.
On November 12, GetSpeed was still confident of being able to keep the ex-Formula 2 driver on board.
“Meanwhile, the talks about further cooperation with Arjun Maini in the DTM are also under a lucky star,” said the press release on the young driver test in Le Castellet at the time.
Even without GetSpeed, a concentrated AMG package in the DTM
But then things turned out differently and Maini left the team. And without a driver who can handle the financing and without Mercedes-AMG works support, it is an absolutely Herculean task to start in the DTM, especially since the budget of around one million euros per vehicle cannot be spread over several shoulders . This is because in the DTM, in contrast to series such as the GT Open Championship, there are no driver changes.
If, as expected, GetSpeed does not start in the DTM in 2022, that would mean that in all probability at least seven Mercedes-AMG cars will start as in 2021.
That’s because the GruppeM team wants to add a second vehicle to its commitment. And the Mücke team is also planning to continue the Schaeffler Paravan project. Eight cars are not out of the question either, for example if HRT starts another junior project.