Focus on the driver.
How do you think your team compares with the opposition?
Ulrich Fritz: “I think we are on the right track. What will be crucial is how quickly we can find the right setup for our car. Our competitors certainly have an advantage in that respect. Nothing has changed for them on their cars, so they can totally rely on their experience from the last few years. But really, I do not actually wish to discuss other manufacturers’ strength. In the medium term, the new performance weight regulation puts the cars on a more equal footing, and then after that, it’s mainly down to the driver.”
How did you all come to agree that a manufacturer’s performance should no longer be the prime focus?
Ulrich Fritz: “We are obviously competing in the DTM to represent the Mercedes-AMG brand as best we can, but we all realise that fans want to see humans battling it out on track. The DTM is a drivers’ championship. We have spectacular cars, but few people know who is actually sitting in it. What sort of guy is he? Can I identify myself with him? That did not go far enough.