Strong advice from defending champion Götz to DTM rookie Loeb Simply stay on the asphalt 28.4.222 • DTM drivers looking at rally star Sébastien Loeb with huge respect • Only Esmee Hawkey dares to make a prediction teammate Nicki Thiim will become champion • Praise for new race director Scot Elkins and the Portimão race track • DTM drivers looking at rally star Sébastien Loeb with huge respect • Only Esmee Hawkey dares to make a prediction teammate Nicki Thiim will become champion • Praise for new race director Scot Elkins and the Portimão race track The focus is on rally superstar Sébastien Loeb during the DTM season opener at Portimão in Portugal. All the DTM drivers are looking at the ninetime rally world champion with huge respect.
It was defending DTM champion Maximilian Götz who gave the Frenchman the decisive advice I spoke with him this morning and I told him he should simply stay on the asphalt as Götz MercedesAMG Team WINWARD Racing said tongueincheek and adds For me Loeb is an undisputed hero he is at the same level as Michael Schumacher and Valentino Rossi. Being up against such a star is great. Loeb will be making his debut in the first two races of the season on Saturday and Sunday race start at 1.3pm CEST on both days live on ProSieben from 12.3pm on Saturday and 1pm CEST on Sunday with the Ferrari 488 run by the Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse team.
He is one of the worlds most talented and most allround racing drivers. He doesnt have to prove anything to anyone and it is remarkable that he is taking on this difficult task Thomas Preining Porsche 911 KÜS Team Bernhard added during the official DTM press conference on Wednesday. Drivers are awaiting the season opener with excitement but also with considerable respect for the impressive field with 29 race cars and drivers from 15 nations. I know what it feels like to become DTM champion therefore I would be happy to repeat this great feeling even more so as backtoback champions in DTM are quite rare. I would put my money on anyone Götz said underlining the common opinion that the field is not only very strong but also wellbalanced.
Thomas Preining Philipp Eng BMW M4 Schubert Motorsport and Marius Zug Audi R8 Atempto Racing didnt want to name a title favourite either even though eventually Eng put his own name forward albeit with his tongue slightly in cheek as well. The only woman in the DTM field meanwhile showed courage. Esmee Lamborghini Huracán T3 Motorsport did come up with a clear prediction I pick my teammate Nicki Thiim!
The Brit who wants to learn a lot from the son of 1986 DTM champion Kurt Thiim would like to see more women racing in DTM but also knows how difficult it is to succeed Last year I wanted to score my first points and I managed to do so. But with the strength of this years field it will be more difficult to finish in the points she is well aware of the difficulty of the task at hand.
Meanwhile Scot Elkins the new race director in DTM has already made a remarkable impression on the drivers. I already know Scot Elkins from Formula E. He is somebody who gives clear instructions so exactly what one would expect from a race director as Philipp Eng one of four Austrians in DTM reports.