WRT Team Audi Sport is the first customer team in the new DTM era and for many the team has been one of the biggest surprises of the year. The two DTM rookies Jonathan Aberdein (21) and Pietro Fittipaldi (23) are regular points scorers with their Audi RS 5 DTM cars. Before the two DTM races at the Lausitzring (Saturday and Sunday live from 13:00 CEST on SAT.1 in Germany), team principal Vincent Vosse talks about the Belgian team’s debut season so far.
This Sunday at the Lausitzring, DTM is celebrating its 500th race. Can you remember when you started following DTM?
Which driver has impressed you the most in the history of DTM ?
Have you ever driven a DTM car?
Would you like to sample the new Audi RS 5 DTM?
Do you like the DTM?
The first DTM season for WRT is already drawing to a close. Was it the right decision to join DTM as a customer team?
Would you prefer to see more customer teams competing with you in the future in DTM?
Apart from the Norisring, your team has scored points in every DTM weekend. Are you happy with the results so far?
Is this goal realistic while fighting against the factory teams?
Jonathan Aberdein has twice started from the front row. Are you suprised by his performance as a rookie driver?
What makes DTM so difficult?
Has this been the most difficult aspect for you in DTM this year?
Did you expect this or did it come as a surprise for you?
|Is there anything that should be changed in DTM for the future?
Yes. Our positions at the end of the races … What I hate is the amount of money we have to spend to have the right radio equipment and not to be able to use it properly as we are not allowed to speak to the drivers except in the pitlane. MotoGP has great races without radio. Formula One has great races with radio.
How is your relationship with the Audi factory teams?
Will WRT continue in DTM next year?
What is your target for the final six races of the season?
You mentioned Brands Hatch where you also suffered two crashes in qualifying at the same time …
Brands Hatch was a dramatic weekend for us with the two crashes in qualifying on Saturday. We were able to rebuild Pietro’s car overnight. He qualified seventh with that car and set the fastest lap in the race. This means that our guys did a great job rebuilding the car in a rush overnight. We have not had any technical issues with our cars so far, nothing that has stopped us from taking part in a free practice, qualifying or race. The Audi RS 5 DTM is a great car, but we do not have ten people from Audi in the garage helping us to make sure that our cars are perfect. We do that on our own. This give us great satisfaction.