Quick Chat: Daniel Juncadella
Dani, although the results don't quite show it, you've put in some strong race performances. What has changed for you since the beginning of the season?
Daniel Juncadella: At the beginning of the season, I had a lot of problems. But after the Norisring, we changed the car and since then my performances have been much better. We don't know exactly why that is. Our investigations have revealed that everything was fine with the previous car. Nevertheless, things are going much better for me all round, and I just feel more comfortable in the car. At the same time, I haven't changed anything personally. But the DTM field is so competitive that even the smallest details can make a big difference. Everything has to be just right.
This season, you've been very unlucky with no-fault collisions and defects such as a non-functioning windscreen wiper in the rain-affected race in Moscow. How do you deal with setbacks like that?
Daniel Juncadella: Obviously, it's not easy. But it's all part and parcel of racing. I'm able to quickly put moments like that behind me. It is important to keep calm, and always give your best. Sometimes there's absolutely nothing you can do. Defects or incidents of that kind are outside your sphere of influence. It's therefore crucial that you focus on the things you can influence. Then eventually, your luck will come back too.
What targets have you set yourself for the final four races of the season?
Daniel Juncadella: My target is still to make my first DTM podium appearance this season. I think that, in view of my improved form in recent weeks, there's a good chance of that. Because things are going so much better now than earlier in the season, and I'm confident that I can do it. From a team perspective, I'm obviously keeping my fingers crossed for Robert and hoping he can still win the championship, despite the setback at the Nürburgring.