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Mercedes part ways with DTM technical director, Gerhard Ungar

If things go very well for Mercedes in Formula 1, the same cannot be said about the German car manufacturer in the DTM.

After a disastrous opening race this past weekend at Hockenheim, HWA AG supervisory board announced Thursday that their CEO and technical director, Gerhard Unger part ways with immediate affect.

At Hockenheim, the best-placed Mercedes in qualifying was the C-Coupé of Gary Paffett in 14th place. In the race, Pascal Wehrlein was the best Mercedes, finishing 11th, 53.8 seconds down to the winner after the 42-lap race.

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Gerhard Ungar, Mercedes AMG. (Photo: DTM Media)

Gerhard Ungar arrived at HWA in December 1987 and he was the CEO of the company since September 2012.

Under his guidance, Mercedes clinched 170 wins in 364 ITC/DTM, including 10 drivers’ and 9 manufacturers’ titles.

Unger also held a leading position with the corresponding responsibility regarding the successful Formula 3 and the SLS AMG GT3 customer-sport projects.

For the time being, board member Ulrich Fritz will assume Gerhard Unger’s previous tasks.

“With his successes, Gerhard Unger made a crucial contribution to the DTM involvement of Mercedes-Benz and definitely left a mark,” said Toto Wolf, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.

“In different leading technical positions, he created the preconditions enabling our brand to win 10 drivers’ and nine manufacturers’ titles, to date. An achievement we truly have to thank him for. Our DTM programme will be continued as scheduled, this year. Only after an extensive analysis of the current situation, a replacement for Gerhard Unger will be appointed.”