QUICK CHAT: Daniel Juncadella
Daniel, you drove a DTM car on Tuesday for the first time since your injury. How did it feel?
Daniel Juncadella: It was a very special situation for me. I knew I could move my arm before then, but Monday was the first time I had sat in the car and got strapped in. That was when I realised just how tight it is in the cockpit. After that, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to drive on Tuesday. But after the first run, I concluded that we only needed a few adjustments to the steering wheel and seat. On the second run, I was already feeling OK. When I got out of the car, I saw that I was in second place at that time, only three tenths behind Gary. That came as a big surprise for me, because although I felt good in the car, I expected the injury to put me well down on the timesheets. After all, I have to make more use of my right arm on the right-hand turns, and here in Hockenheim, there are quite a few of those.
In the team, you’ve already acquired the affectionate nickname ‘Titanium Man’. How do you react to that?
Daniel Juncadella: Well of course, I now have quite a sizeable chunk of titanium inside me. Maybe I will post some pictures in the next few days day to prove it. But seriously, it was a very special day for me. It was a feeling similar to some of the biggest successes in my career. At the beginning of the afternoon, it was a bit harder for me, but all in all, everything went really well and I was able to complete 121 laps.
How did the car feel?
Daniel Juncadella: It was good. The team had made a few changes from the first day of testing on Monday, so the setup was very neat right from the start. We tried some things in the morning that had a beneficial effect. In the afternoon, we concentrated on racing simulations. It was the first race simulation for me with the new tyre compound that I tested two years ago. That also went very well, and I think I was competitive. Overall, it was a perfect day for me. I couldn’t have wished for a better one.