Your first DTM season has just ended. What’s your assessment?
“Extremely positive. I managed the leap into the top ten of the final standings in my debut season – and in a year in which the series was more fiercely competitive than it has been in a long time. Obviously, there were a couple of ups and downs and a few things here and there that could have gone better. But the positive clearly outweighs the negative and I had three real highlights: the podium together with Timo (Scheider) in Munich, fifth place at Zandvoort in extremely difficult conditions and second place at Valencia.”
What impressed you the most?
“I knew that the DTM is a hard-fought series but the things that went on this year were definitely special. The intensity of the competition, particularly in qualifying, was incredible. And that was the case on every race weekend. To be honest, I had to get used to this first. But on the other hand, it makes my successes even more valuable.”
Your final race was over as early as on the first lap. Were you able to enjoy the season finale anyhow?
“Of course I’d have preferred finishing the race but the atmosphere on this weekend at Hockenheim with nearly summer-like weather was still a unique experience. Driving past the full grandstands in the Cabriolets before the start gave me goose bumps. The DTM in Germany is at least as popular as Formula One for good reason. And if the series keeps delivering such brilliant motorsport it’ll soon enjoy similar popularity in other countries too.”