Maro Engel will return to British soil later this month when the DTM heads to Brands Hatch for the eighth round of the year.

Ahead of that event, Radio took the chance to speak to the former British F3 racer during a Mobil 1 event at Brooklands about his debut season to date...
How are you finding your first year in the DTM?

Maro Engel:
It's an amazing championship, especially for me being German - it's something really special. I have Ralf Schumacher as my team-mate and going back six months, I wouldn't have dreamt of that. It's a special thing for me to be a works driver with Mercedes-Benz.
How much of a transition has it been going from F3?

Maro Engel:
There is definitely a transition and there are a lot of things to get used to. People talk about the roof over your head, but I would say it is more the vision, and having a bigger and heavier car around you. There is a special technique and I am still learning it.
Are you looking forward to returning to a circuit you know pretty well?

Maro Engel:
Absolutely. It is great to come back to the UK where I spent two years racing in British F3. I have good memories of the UK and good memories of Brands Hatch where I held the lap record for a year. I'm looking forward to it and it should be a good weekend for us.
Will it be an advantage?

Maro Engel:
It won't be a disadvantage. We'll have to see how we get on on the Friday and if we work through our programme and get the testing done. Then we can draw some conclusions about what is possible, but it isn't like some circuits which I have to learn.
At the Nurburgring you qualified well. Was it disappointing not to break your points duck?

Maro Engel:
Qualifying on Saturday went well with eighth position - we were starting inside the points and the aim was to finish there. Unfortunately, Tom Kristensen did a slow lap to the grid and my engine overheated and shut off before we arrived at turn one so I lost my grid position straight away and it was then an uphill race. It ended with the collision with Katherine which was disappointing.
How much are you enjoying being art of the Mercedes family this year?

Maro Engel:
It's great, because it is a young dynamic group who are orientated around being successful. They have welcomed me in and it is a nice feeling to be a part of it.
Do you regret leaving single-seaters behind?

Maro Engel:
Not at all. I am very pleased with my decision and I am happy where I am. I am setting out to prove myself in the DTM and that is what it is all about for me.
Are you still looking at going to GP2 or F1 in the future?

Maro Engel:
F1 remains the dream, as it is for many young drivers. At the moment, I couldn't be happier with the position I'm in, but I want to prove myself in the DTM and when I have done that, then I could think about whether there is the possibility to go back towards F1.
Have you spoken to Ralf about that at all?

Maro Engel:
At the moment, we are both pretty busy trying to move up the grid in the DTM and that is our focus. F1 isn't the focus at the moment until I have been successful in the DTM.
What kind of result would make you happy at Brands Hatch?

Maro Engel:
A points result would make me happy, that is the aim. At the Nurburging it was a shame as the race pace was good but the first corner incident made it hard. Certainly at Brands we will look to break that duck.
What about the remainder of the season?

Maro Engel:
Every weekend the aim is to score points when the chance is there. The new weight regulations favour us a bit more and we need to try and qualify and race well to be in a position to pick up the points - even if it is just a single point. That is the aim.


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