A one-two-three victory of the Audi A5 DTM at Zandvoort. An early title win with the R18 in the FIA World Endurance Championship*. And, on top of this, a one-two victory of the R8 LMS ultra on the Nordschleife – this weekend must have been quite to your liking…
No question about it: This was no doubt a really brilliant motorsport weekend for Audi. We reaped the fruits of our hard labor in the past weeks and months – in the WEC just like in the DTM. I’m also happy for Michael Dick, who was at the race track as our boss for the last time at Zandvoort.
You were standing at the pit wall at Zandvoort. How did you experience the race?
From my perspective, it was one of the most thrilling DTM races in recent years and superb advertisement for the DTM. The conditions were extremely difficult and we also saw fierce brand-internal fights – in our case as well as in the case of Mercedes. That in the end each of our teams put a driver on the podium shows how well-balanced the teams are this year. It’s just a shame that Timo (Scheider), after his brilliant qualifying performance, was struck by such major misfortune. The parking brake did not release at the start. But at Zandvoort, he showed that he’s in contention again.
In the DTM manufacturers’ standings, Audi is now ranking only five points behind Mercedes-Benz. Do you still see chances of clinching the drivers’ title as well?
If we manage further weekends like the one at Zandvoort, anything’s still possible. We’ll continue to work hard and try to get as many cars as possible to the very front at each race. Oschersleben and Valencia are two races coming up next that have always suited us particularly well too.
At Silverstone, Audi achieved an early win of the manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Endurance Championship*. How important is the world championship title for Audi?
It’s very important. It’s the first world championship title since the rally days. We strongly supported the sports prototypes receiving a world championship status. That we’ve now won the first title in this new world championship fills us with pride, not least because we’re able to demonstrate efficiency in this category. This was impressively obvious this weekend at Silverstone: there, our TDI cars managed to run a lot more laps on one fuel tank filling than the competition – this is “Vorsprung durch Technik” as well.
* subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA