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Frentzen to race touring cars in 2004 12 Dec 2003

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (GER) Sauber.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Interlagos, Brazil, 3 April 2003

Heinz-Harald Frentzen has effectively ruled himself out of the running for the remaining 2004 Formula One seats by announcing that he will compete in the German DTM series next year.

Frentzen, whose Sauber contract was not renewed at the end of this season, will race for the Opel team in the prestigious touring car championship. The German's decision marks the end of a ten-year career in Formula One racing which included three Grand Prix victories.

Frentzen made his debut with Sauber in 1994, before moving to Williams in 1997. His maiden Grand Prix win came at San Marino that year and he went on to finish a career-best second in the drivers' championship.

A move to Jordan in 1999 brought two more victories, but he was dropped by the team in the middle of the 2001 season, prompting a switch to Prost. Following their demise he drove for the troubled Arrows squad in 2002, before making his Sauber return this season.

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