Mercedes announced on Thursday that the Russian is currently making his DTM test debut at the Portimao track.
Boss Toto Wolff explained: "Russia is a highly significant market for the DTM and for Mercedes-Benz.
"Vitaly ... expressed a desire to test drive our DTM (car and) we were only too happy to make his wish possible."
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