Thanks to his fourth place at the season finale at the Hockenheimring, 26 year old Marco Wittmann was crowned DTM champion for the second time. This makes Wittmann the first BMW driver to win two drivers’ championships in the DTM as well as the youngest two-time DTM Champion of all time. He is also the first DTM driver ever to have managed to claim his second title in only his fourth season.
Marco, two-time DTM Champion – How does that sound to you?
Fantastic! It’s a great feeling that I managed to be the first BMW driver to win two DTM titles. I might have been a little bit more emotional at the finish line the first time. But my success this year proves that the title in 2014 wasn’t just a flash in the pan. There aren’t many drivers at all who have won the DTM twice. I’m very proud to be part of this elite circle.
What was the key to success?
I just kept my cool, as I did throughout the entire season. Sure, our rivals didn’t make things easy for us this year. Edoardo Mortara was a fierce rival. He would have deserved the title too. Maybe I was a bit cleverer this season. I kept out of dicey situations and picked up points in almost every race. On top of this were three wins. In the end it was close, but I think that we deserved the title.
Edoardo Mortara was your main rival this year: What is your opinion of him?
I have great respect for him and his performance. He is a fantastic driver and a cool guy. Edo fought like a lion and did everything to make things go his way this weekend. I ended up just in front. Edo, like Jamie Green, who finished third in the drivers’ championship, has a fantastic season behind him and delivered a great show for the fans. I think that I’ll need to be on my guard next season since Edo will do everything to fight me for the title.
Who would you like to thank in particular for this success?
My guys at BMW Team RMG and everyone at BMW Motorsport. I feel incredibly at home and know that everyone supported me 100 per cent. As a driver you are nothing without your team. The mechanics and engineers worked hard to provide me with a perfect car. The pit crew were flawless in the races. We win and lose together. We have reason to celebrate after this season. My family also played a big role in my success. They support me. I can allow myself to relax and recharge my batteries for the tasks that I need to master in the DTM.
How will you celebrate this title?
We’re really going to go for it today. The team earned it. No doubt I will have a lot of hands to shake and a lot of congratulations to receive, but it’s a pleasure after such a success. After the official part, then things will really get going.
You’ve completed initial DTM tests for 2017 in Oschersleben. What were your initial impressions?
There isn’t much to say about the new car yet. We tested a few new components for 2017, but we won’t get a real idea until the testing with the complete new car. It was important to us to complete plenty of kilometres to get an initial feeling for the innovations. I’m already looking forward to sitting in the cockpit of the BMW M4 DTM for the first time. For us drivers it is great to have more time for testing this winter than in previous years. That makes the time until the 2017 season gets underway more varied.
How full has your calendar been?
Naturally I have been on the road a lot since the last race weekend. It’s evident that as DTM Champion the media are keen to talk to you. I took part in press tours in Munich and Nuremberg and also gave a lot of interviews. I also took part in a lot of events – for example, visiting the BMW Group factory in Munich. Naturally it is stressful to some extent, but it is enjoyable stress since it shows that I achieved something important with the title win. I think it will carry on like this for a few more weeks. It was the same when I won my first title in 2014. Then around Christmas I will no doubt have time and space to let my great success sink in.