Timo Scheider Grabs Maiden DTM Title
“This is the most beautiful day of my life in motorsport. The final lap was full of emotions, a feeling one can hardly describe. I have also thought about the guys in my team, who have put in a night shift today to get my car ready. And, of course, about my family. They have witnessed how I have been thinking every second of the past few weeks only about this race”.
“I have wished nothing more than this title and I didn’t want to loose it in the last race. Now, I would rather be standing somewhere at the back and realise what I have achieved. I knew how difficult it would be and therefore, I had put everything at the start. That worked out fine. I have a hard time behind me and I thank Dr. Ullrich, who has given me a chance at Audi,” said an enthusiastic Scheider at the end of the day.
Runner-up in the Hockenheim race and in the overall classification Paul di Resta – who has been intensely linked with a move to Formula 1 for next season – congratulated Scheider and payed out a debt to former DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom in the race.
“First of all, I want to congratulate Timo. We have made a strong comeback during the season, but unfortunately, we just weren’t strong enough. It was not nice that Mattias Ekström tried to push me off the track twice. But I am happy with second place as well. Moreover, I can be back again next year and do one better. But now, all this is finished and tonight, we will have a party for Bernd Schneider before he retires,” said Di Resta.
Speaking of Schneider, the Mercedes veteran finished his last race in the series in 6th place and helped Mercedes clinch the top spot in the constructors' classification at the end of the season. Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG outscored rivals Audi Sport Team Abt by 7 points and secured yet another title inside the DTM.