Continuity and some fresh, French blood: a good way to describe the Mercedes-AMG DTM driver team of the 2016 season. After having won the driver's title and team championship last season, this year sees seven of the eight Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers returning to the DTM starting line-up for the brand with the star. 19-year-old Esteban Ocon is the newest addition to the driver team. The Frenchman is not new to the Mercedes-Benz family: as Mercedes Junior, Ocon came top of last year's GP3 series, held as part of Formula 1. He attended all DTM races as a test and substitute driver to gain valuable experience. In this role, Ocon replaced Daniel Juncadella at the Friday training session of the final race of 2015 in Hockenheim who had to retire for health reasons, granting the youngster his début at a DTM racing weekend. With the two DTM champions Paul Di Resta (champion in 2010, seventh DTM season) and Gary Paffett (champion in 2005, thirteenth DTM season) as well as Robert Wickens (fourth DTM season) and Christian Vietoris (sixth DTM season) there are four experienced DTM race winners amongst the Mercedes-AMG DTM driver team. At the beginning of his fourth DTM year the Spaniard Daniel Juncadella is also amongst the established drivers in the field. In 2016, Maximilian Götz and Lucas Auer both start their second season in the internationally acclaimed touring car championship. Both rookies were already able to claim success for themselves in their début season: Auer won his first DTM pole after the first run at the Nürburgring and in the same race, Götz produced his best DTM result to date with a place in the top five. The first tests this year took place from 23 to 25 February in Monteblanco. The DTM season 2016 kicks off between 6 and 8 May in Hockenheim.