It has now been three weeks since the first DTM title under GT3 regulations was decided. Maximilian Götz (35 / HRT-Mercedes) is the 23rd DTM champion in history. His name now appears in a list of legends of touring car racing: Bernd Schneider, Klaus Ludwig, Strietzel Stuck.
According to Götz, sport also creates lessons for life. “My story can be passed on to the many boys and girls out there who sometimes suffer setbacks. At some point the day will come when it works. But you have to fight until the last minute. The race is only over when the checkered flag falls. “
The DTM only as a bad substitute for the Formula 1 success? Not at all. Götz can hardly believe his own story. “That’s crazy. I am still in contact with Lewis and Sebastian too. His brother drove with me in the GT Masters two years ago. I talked to Seb about the old days. There are always people who have achieved even more. But I’m super satisfied. “
Because sometimes the way counts more than the goal: Götz: “I can look back on a great time in Formula BMW, Formula 3 and in other races. Of course, Lewis did a great job. I would also like to be a seven-time world champion or, like Sebastian, a four-time one. But I am not. I am now an easy DTM champion and very happy with it. “
Fate, chance, luck: the end of the manufacturer-dominated DTM was the great opportunity for the Mercedes driver. As a GT3 expert, he drove for the title in the brand new team of racing driver Hubert Haupt from the start, and on the last two weekends he also met Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi, who was a guest driver in the Audi.
“We met again after a long time and he still knew every race about me,” reveals Götz. “That means the guys who once played in a certain league appreciate each other. It’s nice that Lewis and Sebastian know exactly that they have been very lucky in life. We are all passionate about the sport, we give our all in every lap, and in the end fate also decides where you end up. And this time fate was kind to me. ”
But also because he ultimately took it into his own hands.