The British Audi DTM driver about the difficult start of the season in the DTM, his recovery and Audi Sport’s upcoming “home round” at the Norisring on June 25/26.
Following such a difficult start of the season you scored more points than any other driver in the past three DTM races. How do you explain this breakthrough?
I wouldn’t call it a breakthrough but a return to normality. In the first races I had a lot of misfortune. In the two Hockenheim races I was involved in accidents that weren’t my fault and in qualifying for the first Spielberg race I didn’t have the optimum set-up. Finally, in race two and on the entire Lausitzring weekend everything was running smoothly and as a result I was able to do my job as best I could and to achieve good results.
You’re trailing the leader of the standings by only 13 points. Are you peering hard at the overall classification?
Most definitely. You always keep an eye on the current situation. The higher your place in the standings, the better it feels. Obviously, we’re still at a very early stage of the season. There are still a lot of races left and many points to be awarded. So as far as that’s concerned I’m not taking any all-out risks. But if things continue this way then I’m expecting to be in contention for the title again this year.
The next two races will be held on “your home turf,” the Norisring: a good opportunity to make up even more ground. Why are you so successful on this track?
The Norisring is a very narrow city street circuit. It’s about driving with great precision and finding the exact braking points. That’s something that suits me well. If you don’t manage this you can lose a lot of time in several places – or, in the worst case, end up in the track barrier.
On June 18/19, Audi will be competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Are you going to watch the race?
Absolutely. It’s one of the best-known races in motorsport. Anyone who has only the slightest interest in motor racing should watch it. When I switched to Audi in 2013 I was on site at Le Mans: a very impressive event. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for my brand colleagues.
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