Now hard work is back on his agenda. Rockenfeller regards the changes being made to the DTM as a great opportunity. “The cars will be similar to drive as before. But there’ll be softer, unheated tires and more power output. This is a new challenge I’m looking forward to. Some fresh air will be blown into the DTM, which will be good for the team and for me, too.”
One can tell that Mike Rockenfeller is serious about his restart. That is why he will fully concentrate on the DTM during the 2017 season. At the beginning of the season, he treated himself to two endurance races with Corvette Racing in Florida. “Afterwards, I won’t drive anything else, so I won’t have to constantly readjust – I’m hoping for that to pay off.”
In Florida, Rockenfeller recharged his batteries for the new DTM season from the end of February to the end of March with his whole family. “We rented a motor home, enjoyed the warm weather and had a little family vacation. When we’re back, it’s going to be DTM all the way again!”
“We” refers to Rockenfeller’s wife, Susanne, and their two sons, Phil and Paul. “Phil is already in preschool, which he tremendously enjoys. The little one is fit too. We’re doing well on the whole and feel very comfortable on Lake Constance.”
On the Swiss side of Lake Constance, the Rockenfellers built a handsome house with its own gym which “Rocky” uses to stay fit, although he likes to ride his road bike even better, frequently together with former cycling pro Andreas Klöden who is a friend of Rockenfeller’s.
Like most of his fellow DTM drivers Rockenfeller privately drives an Audi Q7. “The car is perfect for family and sport,” he says. “The next car I’ll order will probably be an SQ7.”
Aside from family and friends, Mike Rockenfeller has a passion for old cars – not an unusual predilection for a trained master car mechanic …