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Congratulations on your best result of the DTM season. Was this a perfect weekend?
It was definitely a very good race weekend – in view of a 14th place I’d hesitate to call it ‘perfect’ though. But it was a lot fun being able to keep the pace of the field and battling for positions.
The spectators at the circuit and in front of their television sets were particularly pleased with your lap-long duel with Ralf Schumacher. Was there really no opportunity to overtake him?
I did try a couple of times, but approaching and overtaking are two different things, especially at the Nürburgring. I wanted to put as much pressure on him as possible and force him to make a mistake. He did make a few small mistakes but for an overtaking maneuver the situation was too risky. But it was a tremendous duel of the type that is a hallmark of the DTM.
Did you ultimately break your duck this weekend?
At the moment, we’ve simply got a superb momentum in the team. All of us are working together very closely and engaged in a constant exchange. This commitment by all the drivers and engineers is now paying off although, obviously, we still want to achieve a lot more. In any event, I’ve set high goals for the second half of the season.
So you’ll continue at Zandvoort where you left off now?
At least, that’s the plan. Zandvoort is a track that forgives only few mistakes. That’s why we’ll be competing there with high concentration and, naturally, a bit of tailwind from this weekend at the Nürburgring.