After a action-filled weekend at the DTM Hockenheim season opener, Paul Di Resta was the man with a smile on his face, as the Mercedes driver took the early advantage in the drivers’ standings.
With a great pair of results, including his first race win since 2010, which the Scot won at the Baden-Württemberg circuit, he dedicated the win to his son, Leo, who was experiencing his first taste of DTM.
“It’s a long time since I won my last DTM race here at Hockenheim – longer than I would have wished,” said the 30-year-old, who is nine points ahead of stablemate Robert Wickens.
“But today, everything went great. We succeeded in controlling the race, and the car ran beautifully. Many thanks to my team for having given me this strongly performing car,” he explained, crediting the impressive dedication of the team to give him the best results possible this weekend.
“That was an absolute top job by the team. They got no sleep last night and yet still managed to give me such a great car. This was their victory.”
2016 has seen Di Resta go one better than last year, where he took third in the opening race, and gives him an advantage on the competition, heading into Spielberg in a couple of weeks’ time.
Coupled with a fourth place in the sprint race on Saturday, the new challenger from Mercedes is definitely one to contend with, even with the performance weights being changed after every qualifying session