QUICK CHAT: Daniel Juncadella
Daniel, you claimed a maiden DTM podium at the Norisring. How does it feel now that some time has passed since the race weekend?
Daniel Juncadella: Super! Obviously, it was a fantastic moment for me. The whole weekend was a very strong one from my perspective. I think I’m heading in the right direction at last. Now I have to do it again on the next race weekend. In the coming weeks, there are some tracks that really suit me. Let’s see what we can get out of them. We’re going through a positive phase as a team, and for me personally, getting that first pole position and first podium finish has obviously boosted my motivation. Now it’s all about keeping up the momentum.
You said that the upcoming circuits such as Zandvoort and Brands Hatch are to your liking. Why do you think that is?
Daniel Juncadella: Both are tracks that have mega appeal for drivers and where you can’t afford to make a single mistake. There, even the tiniest error is immediately punished and you’re out of it. That’s just the way it is on these typical old-school tracks without hardcore run-off zones. You have to stick to the ideal racing line, otherwise you quickly get into trouble. Brands Hatch and Zandvoort are also where I achieved some of my best Formula 3 results. At Brands Hatch this year, the DTM will be contested on the longer configuration for the first time in the history of the series. That’s rather special. I think it’s great. Simply mega. I drove on this variant last year in a GT car, so maybe that gives me a small advantage.
Since we’re on the subject, how much does your GT experience help you in the DTM?
Daniel Juncadella: GT racing calls for a completely different philosophy. Also, you have to share the cockpit with another driver. But if you’re active in the sport and are able to race every weekend, this serves as perfect preparation, because you learn to switch between two completely different cars at short notice and adapt to them. That’s why I like these GT interludes.