The controversial season finale of the DTM still continues to be discussed. On the occasion of the second race of the Norisring weekend, Liam Lawson was denied any possibility of fighting for the title due to the maneuver made by Kelvin van der Linde at the braking corner of turn 1.
The Audi driver came into contact with the New Zealander’s Ferrari damaging a suspension on Lawson’s car who was forced to close the race in the rear and watch Maximilian Gotz take the title.
Immediately after the race, Lawson addressed van der Linde as an idiot and as the most unfair driver he has ever raced against, and the Audi driver, yesterday, apologized via social media for what happened.
Lawson spoke in the latest episode of the This Week with Will Buxton program on Motorsport TV and spoke freely about what happened over the Norisring weekend.
“There were two separate crashes, but what happened in Turn 1 was the most frustrating moment of the whole weekend because the exact same thing happened in Race 1 and I thought people were learning from their mistakes.”
“It was heartbreaking not to have the chance to take the first corner and play my chances in the race, and that’s something I don’t want to happen again in the future. I really liked how my DTM season went, it was fun and definitely different from what I’m used to ”.
The start of race 2, Nick Cassidy, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, Liam Lawson, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, Kelvin van der Linde, Abt Sportsline Audi R8 LMS GT3
Photo by: Alexander Trienitz
“I felt treated as if I was not a junior driver but a real professional and this aspect was splendid. I am really proud of the whole team, but not of the way the season ended. It’s not something I expected ”.
Helmut Marko also spoke on the matter. The Austrian councilor, after defining van der Linde as a decerebrate and asking for an exemplary disqualification, then stated that for Lawson the DTM experience is definitively over given that next year the New Zealander will be engaged full time only in Formula 2.
“He will not race in DTM next year, he will only be present in F2. He will take part in the tests for young drivers and if the regulations allow it he will be in the car to compete for some free practice sessions ”.
Lawson then pointed out how his Norisring teammate Nick Cassidy, relegated to the bottom of the group due to the initial contact between the Red Bull nursery driver and van der Linde, was unable to make up positions due to questionable behavior. on the track of the Mercedes drivers to allow Gotz to take the title.
“All season we’ve been hammered by other teams quite often about the BoP and stuff like that.”
“Even at Hockenheim, after the incident in Race 2 that happened once again with van der Linde which cost him a five-second penalty, it was written in the media that we were receiving special treatment. This is completely absurd!”.
“At Norisiring we felt like we were a target. Nick was the only car of the team on the track after the damage suffered on mine and in the comeback attempt he found himself up against five or six Mercedes. I think in the last two laps it was purposely pushed to ensure that he had no chance of overcoming “