Flörsch, who scored her first six DTM points in the chaos on Saturday, had a good reason to celebrate. She used the happy occasion to clarify something about her future. Because she sees it in formula and prototype racing, she had emphasized before Assen. But also in the DTM, which was a little lost in the run-up. “Formula racing is where I want to go again,” she tells ABMS.
Abt team boss Thomas Biermaier had revealed to ABMS that Flörsch sometimes put too much pressure on herself in her DTM debut season. And of course, motorsport is above all a matter of the mind. So is the points run the longed-for knot loosener? “It’s no secret that I wasn’t happy with the places I drove around. I started the season with different expectations, ”she clarifies. With ninth place, she was “a load of stone from her heart.” The Munich resident: “That was good for all of us. I hope that the mood is even better now and that I can attack again in the last few races and hopefully get even more points. ”On Sunday, however, it was only enough for 16th place.
Background: The wheel nuts on the racing cars from Ferrari and Mercedes stay on the rim when changing tires, which saves time when stopping. The competition cannot simply convert the equipment, so they asked for a time compensation in the pit lane. The problem for van der Linde and Wittmann: A solution was not found and there will no longer be in 2021, as the ITR announced. Means: You have to deal with the disadvantages.
“Of course we are disappointed that no solution was found to adjust the pit stops,” says Abt team boss Thomas Biermaier to ABMS: “From our point of view, there would have been a simple solution. We’re going into the last four races with one disadvantage that can decide the championship. Of course we do not hope so and will continue to try to deal with the disadvantage as well as possible, which repeatedly forces us to adopt risky strategies. “
Like in Assen, where van der Linde stayed out longer in both races than the competition in order to gain a lead on the track and eliminate the disadvantage at the stop. The plan went terribly wrong on Saturday as the safety car deployed in the middle of the race. But the South African hadn’t stopped there yet. There was still one consolation point, after all. On Sunday, however, his tactics improved him from eighth on the grid to fifth.
It still remains risky. This is not the only reason why the DTM is heading for an eventful and emotional season finale.