“At Oschersleben the Audi was strong in the past as well, and the tests prior to the season went superbly there. My car feels good; this makes me feel confident.”
“One of the main factors in making my decision was to join Colin Kolles again, and the number of people working at his team that I still know,” added series returnee Christijan Albers. “A number of these guys I already worked with in the past when I was racing in Formula 3, winning the championship in 1999.
“Working with these guys will certainly help me to enjoy racing again. It won't be an easy first year back in DTM, especially racing a two-year-old car, but I like to fight hard and will try to make it back to the top.”
Both Prémat and Albers celebrate their birthdays around the Hockenheim weekend – the former turned 26 five days ago, and Albers will hit 29 in six days' time – and their respective team bosses clearly expect great things of all of their young charges in 2008.
“We've got two quick, highly-motivated drivers and a great car,” asserted Audi Sport Team Phoenix team director Ernst Moser. “I'm convinced that we're well-positioned with last year's championship-winning car. At the tests before the start of the season we saw how competitive the Audi A4 is.
“Our goal will be to finish qualifying among the top eight with Alex. If we manage this, anything's possible, even with a car from last year. As a newcomer, Oliver [Jarvis] will find things to be a bit more difficult at the beginning, but I'm sure that he'll be joining the front of the field quickly as well.”
“We're delighted that the season is finally starting because the winter break was very long indeed,” added Audi Sport Team Rosberg team director Arno Zensen. “The tests went well; that makes us feel carefully optimistic.
“We're anxious to see the 'power ratios' in the field at Hockenheim. After that, we'll know whether we can set a similar highlight as we did last year with 'Rocky's podium position at Oschersleben.”