Kelvin van der Linde quotes from DTM press conference ahead of Norisring races

Kelvin van der Linde quotes from DTM press conference ahead of Norisring races

07.10.2021: #3 Kelvin van der Linde (RSA), Audi, ABT Sportsline “Hockenheim was extremely emotional. As a team, we are a family. On Sunday at Hockenheim, it was ultimately not about the sport, but about Manuel. He is currently recovering from surgery. I spoke to

#3 Kelvin van der Linde (RSA), Audi, ABT Sportsline

 

“Hockenheim was extremely emotional. As a team, we are a family. On Sunday at Hockenheim, it was ultimately not about the sport, but about Manuel. He is currently recovering from surgery. I spoke to him on the phone yesterday, he said that he is keeping his fingers crossed for us. That gives us the extra motivation that we will be needing at Norisring.”


“I am totally happy with where we are. Liam (Lawson) has a heavy load on his shoulders as he is the one everybody is after. Now, he will be having the sleepless nights before the race. I know what that feels like. At Hockenheim on Saturday, I made up 16 points on a single day, so it is also possible to make up 14 points.”


“The Saturday race at Nürburgring was my best race, from qualifying, we were totally in control. Red Bull Ring was hard, but my team made it a highlight. The second race at Hockenheim was the low point, already because of Manu.”


“When it is raining or during the lockdown, I drove a lot on the sim. As recently as last year, I often drove in the DTM simulator at Audi. I am investing a lot of money in my equipment, I am using hydraulic pedals and a steering wheel like in the Audi R8. Simulation is an important tool.”


“I have fond memories of this track, I already won a Scirocco Cup race there. The bumpy braking zones in particular are special.”


“Concerning the pit stops, we will have to see together how we can make it still safer. Perhaps the engine has to be switched off and can only be restarted once the car is on the ground. One has to think about it seriously. But like in Formula 1, performance pit stops are part of the good show.”


“Of course, I have been talking with René (Rast, still the reigning DTM champion) at Hockenheim. When he won his first title, he made up 21 points during the final weekend.”


“Liam (Lawson) has 18 kilograms of extra weight on board on Saturday. There is no other track on the calendar where you really notice every additional kilogram that much under braking and acceleration.”


“Yes, I believe that this weekend is the most important in my career.”


“About my final plans, I can’t say anything yet, but let’s wait for this weekend.”
 



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