Robert Wickens is moving from DTM to IndyCar Series
Mercedes announces today that Canadian driver Robert Wickens, who spent six season with Merceses AMG DTM team, will leave a German team to move into IndyCar Series in 2018. Wickens will drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport as a full-time driver for the team which he already joined earlier in 2017 during practice drives at Road America. Wickens is a friend with another Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe, who is supposed to be his teammate in the SPM in 2018.
“Until this season, I’d never really considered leaving Mercedes or the DTM. I can’t thank Mercedes enough for the last six years and wish them the best of luck for the future – it’s probably been the best six years of my life. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs on the way but have never had so much support from a team before. It’s been an honour to represent the brand and maybe it’s not the last time,” said Wickens. He decided for a move after Mercedes announced that it will leave DTM at the end of 2018, so Wickens made a move one year earlier.
Wickens debuted in DTM in 2012 and recorded 84 starts since then. He was a race winner six times, finishing best fourth in the championship in 2016. Wickens had an impressive single-seater racing record before he joined Mercedes in DTM.
In 2011, he won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, also serving as a test driver for Marussia F1 team that year. Earlier in a career, Wickens was second in the 2010 GP3 Series, second in the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship, third in the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Championship and first in the 2006 Formula BMW USA.