The Austrian, who took 4 DTM victories with the German producer in 2015-18, has been named as an Mercedes-AMG efficiency driver for this season.
The transfer follows Auer’s return to the cockpit of a Mercedes within the new-look DTM final yr after a season with BMW in 2020, which adopted a short return to single-seaters in Tremendous System in 2019.
He raced a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the HTP Winward group, including an extra two DTM victories to his CV on the way in which to fifth place within the championship.
Christoph Sagemuller, head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, mentioned the return of Auer to Mercedes was right down to “logical consequence” of his performances within the marque’s equipment final yr.
Auer, who’s the nephew of DTM boss and former Ferrari and McLaren System 1 driver Gerhard Berger, is certainly one of a 17-strong squad introduced by Mercedes for 2022.
There are an extra two newcomers, Canadians Mikael Grenier and Daniel Morad.
Grenier, 29, turns into a AMG Mercedes AMG junior driver after a season with HTP Winward racing within the IMSA SportsCar Championship and the GT World Problem Europe and America.
Morad has been signed as what AMG calls an ‘knowledgeable’, which suggests his programme can be targeted on the Nurburgring 24 Hours and the Nurburgring Lengthy-Distance Sequence.
Swiss Philip Ellis has been upgraded from junior standing to a full efficiency driver for 2022.
Philip Ellis, Mercedes AMG Workforce Winward
Photograph by: Alexander Trienitz
There are actually 10 full efficiency drivers: Raffaele Marciello, Daniel Juncadella, Maro Engel, Maximilian Buhk, Jules Gounon, Maximilian Gotz, Luca Stolz, Thomas Jager, Ellis and Auer.
Grenier joins Arjun Maini, Fabian Schiller and Patrick Assenheimer within the junior ranks.
Adam Christodoulou, who till the top of 2020 was a full efficiency driver, continues as an knowledgeable together with Manuel Metzger and Morad.
Sagemuller mentioned: “In 2022, we need to achieve success in every of the foremost race collection [for GT3 machinery], one thing that can also be mirrored by our driver line-up.
“Personally, I’m additionally more than happy that not solely our drivers of a few years stay loyal to us, however new top-notch drivers additionally need to be a part of the Mercedes-AMG household.”
Mercedes will start saying programmes for its drivers subsequent week when the wraps come off its DTM marketing campaign.
Auer is anticipated to proceed with HTP Winward, the place he’s set to be joined by reigning champion Gotz.
Stolz appears to be like more likely to fill Gotz’s former seat on the Haupt Racing Workforce, with Engel taking one of many slots at GruppeM.