Audi driver René Rast secured an early DTM title win in the season’s third from last race. In an extensive interview, the 2019 DTM Champion reveals why, in spite of his early success, fans should not miss the finale at Hockenheim on the first weekend in October, what records he is interested in, what the secret of his success is and how he spent the days following his title win.
How does being a two-time DTM Champion feel?
How was the party following your title win at the Nürburgring?
How did you spend the days after your title win?
How many congratulation messages did you receive on your smartphone?
Did you receive any congrats that particularly surprised or pleased you?
Do you have the sense that your popularity has significantly increased since you entered DTM?
You’ve got good prospects of breaking many DTM records. Does that interest you?
What was decisive for the 2019 title win?
What were your highs and lows in the 2019 season?
In the first test with the new Audi RS 5 DTM, did you expect this car to be so strong?
Where do you see Audi’s greatest strengths compared to the competition?
How do you generally like the new DTM cars?
We’ve seen many thrilling DTM races this year. Even so, is there anything you’d change about the DTM?
Can you understand the excitement among the fans that came up about the issue of team orders after Brands Hatch and the Lausitzring?
In the title race, you not only had to prevail against BMW driver Marco Wittmann but also against Nico Müller. Is battling against a driver from the same brand different?
Before the race at Brands Hatch, SAT.1 co-commentator Timo Scheider claimed that the relationship between you and Nico Müller was tense. Is that true?
DTM CEO Gerhard Berger emphasized on several occasions that you would also have had what it takes to race in Formula One. Does that please you? Is Formula One still relevant for you?
Do you see your future in the DTM?
Two of your fellow Audi drivers – Nico Müller and Robin Frijns – are racing in Formula E. Is the electric racing series relevant for you, too?
You engage very intensively with the DTM even between the races. Is that one of your strengths?
What does your preparation for a DTM race typically look like?
What does your preparation for the finale at Hockenheim look like? Following your early title win, are you tackling that with greater ease or just as meticulously as before the other races?
|Are you looking forward to the competition with the Japanese?
I think that’s going to be mega cool! I’ve been looking forward to this all year. And now I can enjoy it without any pressure.
Are you keeping track of the Super GT in Japan? Do you know the drivers and cars that will be racing at Hockenheim?
Why should the DTM fans travel to Hockenheim although the championship has already been decided?
At the end of November, the first joint races of the DTM and the Super GT will be held in Japan. Are you looking forward to them?
What is René Rast currently driving privately?
Can you imagine driving an electric car from Audi at some point in time?
How does the DTM Champion prefer to spend his free time?