The racetracks are closed, the garages empty, the cars idle. The coronavirus lockdown has changed everything, but life still goes on…
In this series of articles, we catch up with every single one of the DTM’s 2020 drivers, and discover what has changed, what comforts they can draw from the extended time at home, and just what it means to be a racing driver who currently cannot race.
Where is home for you?
I’m at home in Switzerland, close to Geneva.
What are you doing to keep fit while there’s no racing?
I’m lucky to have a home gym – but in Switzerland we can still go outside for cycling, walking or running, so I’m able to continue my training as normal.
What do you miss most about racing?
I miss the competition, pressure, the rhythm. That feeling and the adrenalin when you fight door to door with the other drivers. That challenge is missing right now.
What’s your best coping strategy for the current situation?
I try to see the positive. Now that I’m spending more time at home with my wife and my kids, I’m using that opportunity to relax. The most important thing is not to go crazy about the situation. It’s just the way it is. We all have to deal with it and try to get the best out of it.
How’s school-time going at home with the kids?
Not easy! We have to be parents and teachers at the same time. Now I give even more credit to the teachers than before. After breakfast, we start the school stuff and try to keep a rhythm until the afternoon when we do something new. It’s also a way to spend time with my kids and a way to understand them more.
Do the kids like having their dad at home?
I think they’re really happy to have me at home. I’m often away, so it’s nice to be able to see them growing. We spend a lot of time playing outside or watching movies on the sofa.
Have you finally found the time to do something you’ve always put off?
I’m working right now to get my boat licence. I promised my kids I’d complete it in the summer and spend time with them on our own boat. The only problem is that the licence office is closed!
I’ve also found myself using the vacuum cleaner more often. It’s not easy with four people in the house all the time. I have my part to play, and I’m helping a lot to clean the house.
Do you have a message for our readers?
I wish the whole DTM-community all the best during this difficult time. The time will come when we meet again, living our passion all together and with our freedom back. crossed for all of you. Be safe, see you really soon.