Paul di Resta: “I’m surprised that the cars are so fast”
Paul di Resta truly looks forward to the DTM season kick-off at Hockenheim. In early April he crossed the line of the Southern-German racetrack in 1:30.236 minutes, thus setting the second-fastest lap time of the week of testing in Baden-Württemberg. As comparison: the pole sitter for the race in 2016 secured the pole with a 1:32.344-minute lap. Following the tests that ran really positively for him, the Scot isn’t sparing with compliments. The Williams F1 Team reserve driver is thrilled by the speed of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. In addition, the 31-year old praises the new regulations that will make – according to his opinion – for a lot of excitement and variety on the DTM racetracks.
The final pre-season test is over. What was the biggest surprise for you – positive and negative?
The biggest surprise was the amazing speed of the new cars. The lap times were clearly better. The new regulations make for less downforce but more power and the tyres produce more grip. Driving these cars is really big fun. In the race, the tyre management certainly will represent a major challenge.
What was your first response when you heard of the new regulation allowing the fans to watch the teams working in the garages?
That’s great for the fans. Absolutely perfect. The fans just must have the chance of getting really close to the cars. At the same time, the teams stop hiding themselves as they did before. Due to the open garages, the visitors get far closer to the cars, the mechanics and the drivers. So they can witness at close range what is going on in the garages.
You set the second-fastest time of the week of testing at Hockenheim. How are your feelings regarding the season kick-off.
It was a really productive test. We gathered a lot of data and are confident for the things to come. Of course things still can change but we are better prepared than we have been in recent years. I hope that this will allow us to become a factor in the battle for the title. My goal is to be as fit as possible. But I definitely also will spend some time with my family before we finally are back racing. The break since October has been long enough. Now, the pleasant anticipation is increasing day by day.