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Tambay open to F1-style DRS

5 March 2013

Audi's Adrien Tambay believes a F1-style DRS system would benefit the DTM championship as the series prepares to pursue a possible avenue for the overtaking friendly device.

The series looks set to evaluate the system in a pre-season test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, where all three manufacturers will attend at the end of the month.

Tambay, apart from singling the obvious attraction for overtaking amongst drivers, believes that the initiative will also benefit fans both at the circuit and TV audiences.

“As a racer, I'm happy about anything that gives us better opportunities for overtaking,” Tambay told Audi's official website, “If the system works well, it's no doubt a great idea. I'm also sure that the fans at the race track and in front of their TVs will be delighted to see even more on-track action.”

As for his own aspirations for the coming season, the son of the former F1 driver Patrick Tambay aims to improve on his first podium finish in the championship last season.

The former single-seater ace enjoyed a relatively successful rookie season in 2012, topped off by an outstanding second place at Valencia, but, by his own admission, he made a slow start to his DTM career during the first few races.

“I had a tough start because I'd only been nominated by Audi for the DTM very shortly before the first race in 2012,” he explained, “That's why I wasn't perfectly prepared for this task. But, during the course of the season, I managed to consistently improve.

“My aim is to be competitive again this year right from the first race on. My second place at Valencia in 2012 awakened expectations in my mind too. I'm very much hoping to be able to continue achieving further podium places this season.”

by Simon Evans


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