When Maximilian Götz briefly let the DTM title win on the podium, tears rolled. They couldn’t be stopped. But he didn’t even try to hold her back. Therefore, the 35-year-old howled unrestrained. At that moment it was clear to him: his promising, unhappy, sad and unusual career finally has a happy ending.
“It is a great satisfaction to join the ranks of DTM champions, to see my name there. These are the greats in sport. I always believed in myself, my family supported me, ”said Götz.
“The chance to make it further back then was there. But I didn’t waste a thought, I just enjoyed the moment. I can be satisfied with what I have achieved, ”he said. He is now one of the most accomplished GT specialists.
The fourth career opportunity
Team order a matter of course?
No question about it: Without the help of his colleagues from the brand, who slowed down in the end and allowed Götz to catch up 15 seconds behind, he would not have won the title. For Götz this is a matter of course. “It was to be expected that the others would play along. If you can win the big pot, then you have to stick together, ”said Götz.
However, the stable management has always been the subject of criticism from DTM fans. But Götz waves it away. “Ask Pascal Wehrlein how he became a champion in 2015. You can only become champion if you get good results all year round ”, said Götz, who also takes the two rivals to their duties. “Both have taken themselves out of the race. You would not have deserved the title after yesterday and today. Driving yourself into the car like that – you don’t do that. I don’t care what the others think. “
The opinion of the series boss is interesting, because Gerhard Berger was always an opponent of strategy games. But there are exceptions for him too.