Audi and BMW had kept the German DTM championship with its class 1 touring car prototypes alive in 2020. But for 2021 the traditional and popular championship once again urgently needed a rescue. For organizer Gerhard Berger the only short-term solution was a switch to GT3 cars to keep the series running at all. Under these difficult circumstances it was a surprise that this first DTM season of the new GT3 era saw not less than 12 teams with a fantastic diversity of cars. With the backing of Formula 1 sponsors Red Bull and Alpha Tauri the two AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo set a highlight from the beginning – not only by their appearance.
Red Bull had sent two real top-class players from their drivers pool with former Red Bull F1 driver Alexander Albon and young kiwi Liam Lawson. It was above all the 19-year-old New Zealander who showed a top performance from the very beginning with the Red Bull Ferrari. With three race wins he had the best chance of winning the title when the series arrived at the Norisring for the final round. It was to become a scandalous race weekend at the Nuremberg city circuit and when Lawson was kicked out of race 2 by Kelvin van der Linde the title was gone. An inglorious ending of the 2021 season despite the team title win for Red Bull Alpha Tauri AF Corse.