|2021 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters|
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The 2021 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters was the thirty-fifth season of premier German touring car championship and also twenty-second season under the moniker of Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters since the series' resumption in 2000.
It was the first season of the DTM to be run under Group GT3 regulations, following the costly two-year "Class One Touring Cars" venture that led to Audi and BMW withdrawing manufacturer support from the series.
Maximilian Götz controversially won the championship in the last race following both a first-corner collision between his rivals Kelvin van der Linde and Liam Lawson and team orders imposed by Mercedes-AMG.
- After two seasons raced under "Class One" formula, the series officially transitioned to FIA GT3 regulation, using its own Balance of Performance. The move from Class One to GT3 attracted more manufacturers and teams that couldn't previously compete in the series due to high cost. The Class One format cars and 2.0-litre (122 cubic inches) turbocharged inline-4 engines that were used in 2019 and 2020 were permanently retired.
- After ten seasons, Hankook terminated their tyre supplier contract with the DTM despite under contract until 2023. On 1 March 2021, it was announced that Michelin was to provide tyres for the 2021 season.
- For the first time since 2001, the series no longer utilises standing starts for the commencement of races. Instead the series introduced its so-called “DTM formation start” in a rolling double-file formation.
Teams and drivers
All teams competed with tyres supplied by Michelin.
- Mercedes-Benz returned to the series after two years of absence, but acted as a privateer manufacturer.
- Ferrari, McLaren and Lamborghini joined the series for the first time, but acted as privateer manufacturers.
- Audi and BMW remained in the series, but acted as privateer manufacturers.
- Hong Kong sports car team GruppeM Racing joined the series for the first time by fielding a Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo car.
- Italian sports car team AF Corse joined the series with the backing from Red Bull by fielding two Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 machines.
- German sports car team Haupt Racing Team joined the series for the first time by fielding two Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo cars.
- American sports car team HTP Winward Motorsport joined the series for the first time by fielding two Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo cars.
- German sports car team ROWE Racing joined the series for the first time by fielding two BMW M6 GT3 cars.
- Polish JP Motorsport joined the series for the first time by fielding a McLaren 720S GT3 car, but only as a guest participant at three rounds.
- German sports car team T3 Motorsport joined the series for the first time by fielding two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo cars.
Former Red Bull Formula One driver Alex Albon and current Formula 2 driver and Red Bull Junior Team member Liam Lawson entered the series with the Red Bull-backed AF Corse team. Lawson is expected to contest the full season combining it with an entry in the Formula 2 Championship, while Albon is scheduled to compete in selected races where they don't clash with Formula One Grand Prix weekends due to his commitments as Red Bull Racing's test and reserve driver. Former Super Formula, Super GT, and current Formula E driver Nick Cassidy is expected to enter where Albon is unable to attend.
Igora Drive, Monza and the Norisring – all of which were scheduled to hold events in 2020, before their respective cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic – returned to the calendar, and the Red Bull Ring will hold a round for the first time since 2018. All circuits that held events in 2020 will return in 2021, with the exception of Spa-Francorchamps; Anderstorp and Brands Hatch will also not return, after their rounds were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Igora Drive was cancelled and DTM published a new calendar for the 2021 season. The inclusion of the Norisring round was uncertain as the season began in mid-June and it missed its traditional spot in early July, before it was re-added to the calendar to be held in October as the final round of the season.
|Round||Circuit||Location||Race 1||Race 2|
|1||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||Monza, Lombardy||19 June||20 June|
|2||EuroSpeedway Lausitz||Klettwitz, Brandenburg||24 July||25 July|
|3||Circuit Zolder||Heusden-Zolder, Limburg||7 August||8 August|
|4||Nürburgring||Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate||21 August||22 August|
|5||Red Bull Ring||Spielberg, Styria||4 September||5 September|
|6||TT Circuit Assen||Assen, Drenthe||18 September||19 September|
|7||Hockenheimring||Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg||2 October||3 October|
|8||Norisring||Nuremberg, Bavaria||9 October||10 October|
Results and standings
|Round||Circuit||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning driver||Winning team||Winning manufacturer||Junior Winner|
|1||R1||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||Vincent Abril||Liam Lawson||Liam Lawson||Red Bull AF Corse||Ferrari||Liam Lawson|
|R2||Kelvin van der Linde||Lucas Auer||Kelvin van der Linde||Team Abt Sportsline||Audi||Sheldon van der Linde|
|2||R1||EuroSpeedway Lausitz||Sheldon van der Linde||Sheldon van der Linde||Philip Ellis||Mercedes-AMG Team Winward||Mercedes-AMG||Liam Lawson|
|R2||Philip Ellis||Kelvin van der Linde||Maximilian Götz||Mercedes-AMG Team HRT||Mercedes-AMG||Liam Lawson|
|3||R1||Circuit Zolder||Kelvin van der Linde||Alex Albon||Kelvin van der Linde||Team Abt Sportsline||Audi||Esteban Muth|
|R2||Marco Wittmann||Nico Müller||Marco Wittmann||Walkenhorst Motorsport||BMW||Liam Lawson|
|4||R1||Nürburgring||Kelvin van der Linde||Kelvin van der Linde||Kelvin van der Linde||Team Abt Sportsline||Audi||Sheldon van der Linde|
|R2||Alex Albon||Christopher Haase||Alex Albon||AlphaTauri AF Corse||Ferrari||Esteban Muth|
|5||R1||Red Bull Ring||Liam Lawson||Esteban Muth||Liam Lawson||Red Bull AF Corse||Ferrari||Liam Lawson|
|R2||Marco Wittmann||Marco Wittmann||Liam Lawson||Red Bull AF Corse||Ferrari||Liam Lawson|
|6||R1||TT Circuit Assen||Liam Lawson||Mirko Bortolotti||Marco Wittmann||Walkenhorst Motorsport||BMW||Liam Lawson|
|R2||Lucas Auer||Mike Rockenfeller||Lucas Auer||Mercedes-AMG Team Winward||Mercedes-AMG||Liam Lawson|
|7||R1||Hockenheimring||Kelvin van der Linde||Alex Albon||Kelvin van der Linde||Team Abt Sportsline||Audi||Liam Lawson|
|R2||Kelvin van der Linde||Alex Albon||Lucas Auer||Mercedes-AMG Team Winward||Mercedes-AMG||Liam Lawson|
|8||R1||Norisring||Liam Lawson||Nico Müller||Maximilian Götz||Mercedes-AMG Team HRT||Mercedes-AMG||Liam Lawson|
|R2||Liam Lawson||Nick Cassidy||Maximilian Götz||Mercedes-AMG Team HRT||Mercedes-AMG||Sophia Flörsch|
Points were awarded to the top ten classified finishers as follows:
Additionally, the top three placed drivers in qualifying also received points:
Bold – Pole
|1||Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse||368|
|2||Team Abt Sportsline||296|
|3||Mercedes-AMG Team Winward||281|
|4||Mercedes-AMG Team HRT||262|
|6||Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing||77|
|9||Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed||48|
|11||Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport||34|
Only points scored by the top three drivers of a manufacturer in qualifyings and races count for the manufacturers' championship.
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