QUICK CHAT: Paul Di Resta

Paul, the start of the season is rapidly approaching. What will the remaining one and a half weeks before Hockenheim be like for you?
Paul Di Resta: Quite normal, really. The preparations will continue until Monday. Our complete focus is on the performance of the car. After the tests at Hockenheim, there was still a lot to do. Now we are keen to find out where exactly we stand relative to our opponents. The car was good in the tests, and I hope we will make a decent start to the season.

This year, your preparations for the season have looked a bit different, as you have been competing in other series in the meantime. Could the additional race practice prove to be an advantage for you?
Paul Di Resta: I didn’t drive a DTM car in the whole period from October to April, so I am glad that I was at least able to compete in a few other races. As a driver, it is always nice to be in the cockpit of a racing car. Unfortunately, the testing opportunities in the DTM are severely restricted by the regulations. That’s why I’ve tried to make the most of the situation.

Mattias Ekström will be signing off with two farewell races at Hockenheim. What do you think of that idea?
Paul Di Resta: It’s always great when someone like Mattias is in the starting line-up. He has been an important part of the DTM for a long time. In my opinion, it’s a good thing for the championship. As long as a guest starter conducts himself properly and there are no political considerations in the background, that’s fine. The more cars in the field, the better. It puts a lot of pressure on him, because he’s coming back without the benefit of having tested and he’s only driving for one race weekend. But that won’t change anything for me. My objective going into a race weekend is always to beat everyone else – whether it’s 17 cars or 18.

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