Two-time DTM champion says he hopes that switching to Formula E with the team will lead to a race seat with the works team when it enters the championship next season.

Paffett has a long-standing relationship with the German automotive giant having spent 15 years racing in the DTM, winning the championship for HWA in 2005 and for a second time this year.

Speaking to eRacing Magazine at the recent Formula E test in Valencia, Paffett admits that he’s treating this season as a learning year with the target of earning “a dream” move to the German manufacturer next season.

“Yeah, for sure. My aim is to stay around long enough to be in the series with Mercedes. That’s why my decision was to stay with HWA, and my aim is certainly to be racing with Mercedes in season six in Formula E,” he said.

“I’ve got a lot to learn still obviously, and this year really is kind of learning in preparation for that. Obviously, we’re going to try to get the best results we can this year, but to learn all the tracks and learn the series is going to take a year to get up to speed.

“My aim is to be racing for Mercedes-Benz, the brand I’ve been with the last 15 years, in Formula E. That would be the dream.”

Despite having driven Mercedes machinery for the majority of his career, Paffett insists no hard targets have been set for him to earn promotion next season but the Brit admits that whatever happens, he’s happy to have a fresh start after becoming “comfortable” in the DTM.

“They haven’t told me if they’ve set any targets. I think that we’ll see as it goes during the year, and even myself, I’ll see how I get on and obviously I might have to make a decision if I feel really happy during the year, but I don’t know of any hard targets so far.

“I was very happy in the DTM and very comfortable. I probably could have stayed there another five or six years I guess, but with Mercedes pulling out I had to make a choice between pursuing a seat with another brand in DTM or to go and do something elsewhere.

“I’m actually pretty happy that it forced me to make a decision like this, and it forced me to try something new and have a fresh start doing something different that I may not have tried had Mercedes not stayed in the DTM.”

Image Credit: HWA AG