The Brazilian initially thought the idea was a joke. “When Abt team boss Thomas Biermaier told me this idea in Berlin, I thought he was joking,” reveals the Brazilian. His reaction? A joke: “I said: ‘If you pay me enough, I’ll drive!’ But then this crazy idea became more and more reality. “
In addition, he does not want to rule out further engagement. “I don’t know what I’ll be doing in two or three years, but if I don’t drive Formula E, the DTM would probably be my first choice because the championship is extremely top-class,” he says.
In order to be able to settle this, he completed a test day in Hockenheim last week, but shared the car with his Abt team-mates Kelvin van der Linde and Mike Rockenfeller. Di Grassi: “Every lap was valuable to learn the track and the car. But it wasn’t enough, because I consider the quality of the drivers in the DTM to be very strong. It is extremely difficult to just jump into the field. “
If the opportunity arises that he can support van der Linde in the fight for the title, he will of course do so. “If I were in that position, I would have already achieved a great goal,” admits di Gassi. “I would definitely help him, although it is very unlikely.”
Van der Linde could use the help, he is now only third overall with 160 points. Before the penultimate race weekend at Hockenheim, Liam Lawson (AF Corse) is in the lead, the New Zealander has 175 points. Marco Wittmann (Walkenhorst / 165) is second with 165 points. Maximilian Götz is also in the title race, the HRT driver is fourth with 150 points.