Lucas Auer: “I am delighted that the action finally starts”
Immediately before heading off to Hockenheim, Lucas Auer spoke about his expectations for the DTM season opener during a small interview session for selected Austrian media. “I can hardly await finally sitting in the car,” the Tyrolean admitted.
As one of three rookie drivers in this year’s DTM, Lucas Auer is in the focus of the attention prior to the DTM season opener. On Monday, he was a guest in the popular “Sport & Talk im Hangar 7” show on Servus TV; yesterday, he was one of the drivers in the official DTM telephone press conference and today, he was available for selected Austrian media representatives at the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz Austria in Salzburg. “It is quite astonishing how big the interest of the media is,” Auer said. “In Austria, there were various huge stories in newspapers and magazines this week. On the street, many people also talk to me about the DTM, also those who normally are not really keen on motorsport.”
Although the pre-season test sessions were quite successful for Auer – he even set the fastest time at Estoril in Portugal – he reckons that it is difficult to say where he is compared to his rivals. “We will see at Hockenheim,” he knows. Auer hasn’t set himself any real goals, apart from learning as much as possible and quickly find his way in the DTM. The fact that his Mercedes-Benz team ART Grand Prix is also new in the DTM, is no disadvantage, according to the Tyrolean. “At Mercedes-Benz, we are all working together anyway, and I also think it is a great chance for the team and myself to find our way in the DTM together.”
After driving to Hockenheim today, Auer has a tight schedule for the DTM weekend, starting early tomorrow morning. “On Thursday, the schedule is really packed and on Friday, the action starts,” he says. The new DTM time schedule with two races, each with a separate qualifying session, suits him: “I know that already from Formula 3. Pit stops are a new thing for me, but we have been practicing quite a lot.” After the race weekend at Hockenheim, Auer has an appointment he is not particularly looking forward to: “One of my third molars will be taken out, but I am not thinking about it yet. First of all, I want to concentrate on driving.”