Former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov will race in the DTM for Mercedes. (Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes)

Former F1 driver will race in the for Mercedes. (Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes)

The Mercedes team has confirmed Vitaly Petrov will race in the DTM for the 2014 season.

Petrov last raced in F1 with Caterham in 2012, but has been unable to find a way back in. He did promotional driving for Mercedes in Moscow last year, and had his first test in Portimao last month.

“I’m aware that I’ve got a steep learning curve ahead of me, but I love a challenge and accept it gladly,” said Petrov. “At my first test in Portimão, I was able to make my first acquaintance with the team and get a feel for the car, which is very important for me in order to play to my strengths.”

Mercedes motor sport boss Toto Wolff said: “Vitaly had a successful test in our DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe at Portimão, and I’m sure that he will be valuable member of our team. Vitaly is a great sportsman and representative of his country, who has already demonstrated his ability by achieving, among other things, a podium finish in Formula One. He will also be a great asset for Mercedes-Benz, especially in the Russian market. I am looking forward to see how things will develop within DTM.”

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