DTM finale Hockenheim: Audi quotes

Dieter Gass (Head of Audi Motorsport)
“It was a fantastic close of the season for the DTM, as well as for Audi Sport with two tremendous races in front of a great crowd. I’m very proud of what we achieved this weekend. At the beginning of the season, we were out in the middle of nowhere and now we finished the season with six victories by René (Rast) in succession. And there are no regrets: We gave our all and won both races. Following the difficult start of the season, the rest was no longer in our hands. My thanks go to the entire Audi Sport squad, our teams, drivers and partners. Congratulations, obviously, to Gary (Paffett) and Mercedes-Benz as well. It’s a shame that they won’t be defending the title next year anymore. But I’m convinced that we’ll continue to see great racing in the DTM.”

René Rast (Audi Sport RS 5 DTM #33) position 1 / position 1
“An incredible weekend for me! In Saturday’s race I was running really well and fought some exciting duels with Gary (Paffett). On Sunday, I had a very good start and everything under control afterwards. In between, I only had to give some thought to tire management, but our strategy was perfect. So, no problems. Obviously, the final weekend is ending in mixed feelings for me: Reducing a 100-point deficit to only four points after a fair to middling start of the season is something I’ve never experienced in motorsport before. I think we can all be proud as a team, so today I’m celebrating my victories on a bittersweet note.”

Robin Frijns (Aral Ultimate Audi RS 5 DTM #4) position 2 / position 5
“The season was one of emotional highs and lows: Actually, we were always really strong, but I was unfortunate a couple of times and not able to give my all due to technical issues. However, whenever things were running perfectly smooth, such as in the night race at Misano or now on the final weekend, I was able to show how fast I am. In addition, our strategy worked perfectly here at Hockenheim: I pitted late in both races and afterwards was able to fully attack and overtake a lot of cars. That was really good fun.”

Nico Müller (Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM #51) position 7 / position 4
“For me, the weekend was an emotional roller coaster. I was very strong in both qualifying sessions. On Sunday, I fought back from ninth on the grid to fourth position. There I’d have liked to attempt the crucial overtaking maneuver to finish on podium, but in the end ran out of time. Still: I think our whole team can be proud of what we achieved this season and especially this weekend. A thank you also goes to the fans. The atmosphere was unique. That speaks for the DTM and makes you look forward already to the coming season.”

Loïc Duval (Audi Sport RS 5 DTM #28) position 5 / position 12
“It was a series of ups and downs, this weekend as well as throughout the season. On Saturday, I felt really comfortable in the car and finished fifth. On Sunday, unfortunately, things looked completely different again. I started the race from the penultimate grid position. If I’d been able to make up more positions right at the beginning, I might have even scored some points because, in the end, we finished just barely out of the points. But when you initially get stuck in the field for a long time it’s simply difficult. On the whole, I’m looking back on several race weekends where the racing went rather unfortunately for me. However, there were a couple of highlights, too, such as the opening event at Hockenheim, the night races at Misano or the race yesterday. I feel that, compared to last season, my form curve is definitely pointing upwards. But I’m far from being satisfied with it.”

Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM #99) position 6 / position 11
“The finale at Hockenheim was a little disappointing for me this year. We simply weren’t fast enough. I didn’t cope well with the car. That’s a shame because I’d have liked to show more. Congratulations to Gary (Paffett) even though things became close and exciting once more in the finale. But that’s the DTM. Basically, I feel that Audi Sport can be proud of how we improved throughout the year.”

Jamie Green (Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM #53) position 13 / position 16
“In the qualifying sessions, I tried to support René (Rast) and to pull him along into my slipstream – which was good for René, but obviously not for me. The races were so-so as well: On Saturday, I was simply too slow. On Sunday, things were going better, but then my front end was dented in a duel with Timo Glock. As a result, my brakes locked in the Sachs Corner and I lost valuable time. In spite of all this, I had a few good races this year and am looking forward to attacking again in the DTM next year.”