Mika HÃ¤kkinen to race an AMG-Mercedes C-Class in the 2005 DTM Stuttgart, 6 November 2004. Â Former Formula One World Champion Mika HÃ¤kkinen will race in the 2005 DTM with an AMG-Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport announced today on the occasion of the traditional Stars & Cars Day at the DaimlerChrysler Stuttgart-UntertÃ¼rkheim plant. Mika had tested the C-Class on 12 and 13 October 2004 at the Lausitzring completing a total of 130 laps. Mika HÃ¤kkinen, 36, had retired from Formula One at the end of the 2001 season. During his 10-year career, he had won 20 Grands Prix with West McLaren Mercedes, achieved 26 Pole Positions, 25 fastest race laps and scored 420 World Championship points. In 1998 and 1999 he clinched the Drivers' titles and finished runner-up in 2000. Mika made first experience with a DTM car in 2001, when he drove an AMG-Mercedes-Benz CLK at Brno, Czech Republic on the occasion of a promotion activity. Mika HÃ¤kkinen is one of the most famous and popular racing drivers and has a lot of supporters all over the world Â and particularly in Germany. Apart from his successes in the sport he became well known also through his pleasant commercials for the Mercedes-Benz C- and A-Classes. Mika HÃ¤kkinen: "After the end of my Formula One career in 2001, I soon realised that I'm not ready to retire for good. It was just the right moment that Mercedes-Benz offered me to test a DTM car. I saw immediately that I still enjoy racing very much and during the test three weeks ago, my lap times were at the same level as those of the touring car specialists. I know, of course, that I first have to get used to a DTM car to be able to fight with the front runners. The AMG-Mercedes C-Class, however, is a great car and with it I want to be consistently competitive soon. I look forward to an interesting season with exciting battles Â against my former Formula One colleages as well as against the young DTM drivers Â and to see again my fans. I'm especially happy about returning to the Mercedes family Â I'm back, but I've never been really gone." Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "We are very happy about Mika's decision to race in the DTM. Our engagement and the Championship will gain a lot from his commitment. Since Mika was driving for us, he was always interested in DTM and we talked a lot about it. Watching the 2004 season on TV Mika has become a real DTM fan, as he told us. During his test he proved that he didn't lose his speed. We look forward to exciting battles next year."