David Schumacher shocked by friendlier DTM setting

Schumacher initially tried to observe within the footsteps of his father Ralf, a six-time Formulation 1 race winner, by making an attempt to determine a profession on the European single-seater ladder.

However after two combined seasons in FIA Formulation 3 that yielded a greatest results of eleventh within the championship and a sole victory on the Purple Bull Ring, the German driver referred to as time on his open-wheel stint final 12 months and moved to DTM with the Winward Mercedes crew in 2022.

Schumacher feels his change to DTM this 12 months has not simply been past adapting to heavier GT3 vehicles, as he has been shocked by how a lot friendlier the setting was on his debut in sportscar racing.

“It’s utterly completely different from what I’ve identified in formulation [cars],” the 20-year-old informed Motorsport.com’s sister title Motorsport-Complete.com.

“”There it’s principally each teammate, they’ve the largest fights, by no means speak to one another. In formulation there isn’t any mates, solely enemies, it’s fairly a special method right here.

“In the long run we’re nonetheless opponents, we’re nonetheless racing towards one another however in a extra open manner than in formulation [cars].

“I discovered a crew in Winward the place I’m actually pleased and now I’m right here and doing my greatest and the crew, I really feel actually at residence right here already, it is fairly good environment. It’s a bit I’d not say, chillier, however its extra open than in formulation paddocks.”

Schumacher has teamed up with reigning champion Maximilian Gotz and seven-time race winner Lucas Auer on the factory-supported Winward squad this 12 months, and feels each have been sharing their expertise with him to various levels.

“In fact I’m asking for recommendation from each of them, and more often than not additionally they assist me, so they’re fairly open with regards to this.

“Luggi [Auer] is a really good man, he’s open. He’s a quiet man, he’s not talking an excessive amount of. Typically he’s getting hyped a bit after which we’re having some enjoyable, however I feel Maxi is extra open in that manner.

“Maxi goes to the top of his profession slowly, he’s 36 I feel, so he’s a bit extra open in that manner. Luggi continues to be a younger gun like me, so who is aware of what’s going to occur.”

David Schumacher, Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD

David Schumacher, Mercedes-AMG Crew WINWARD

Photograph by: Alexander Trienitz

Mercedes has the largest illustration of any producer on the DTM grid this 12 months with eight vehicles and basically treats the whole operation as one crew, having determined to speculate closely within the collection upon its change to GT3 guidelines final 12 months.

As a part of its ‘one crew’ philosophy, Mercedes ensures quick access to knowledge together with onboard movies after every session, permitting its drivers to make tangible enhancements in the midst of a race weekend.

Schumacher praised Mercedes for its method to the DTM after a 2021 F3 season through which his Trident crew was no match to the all-conquering Prema squad.

“We’re eight vehicles now from Mercedes and we all the time get the info of everybody, particularly for me as a younger driver it’s a extremely massive benefit to see eight completely different vehicles and to overlay the info, ‘the place is everybody higher’ and ‘what’s the different one doing, how is his driving model’ and so forth,” he mentioned.

“It is a massive benefit for me as a younger driver who simply got here into the collection.

“I bear in mind in Formulation 3 final 12 months there was typically Prema towards us had been like half a second sooner for instance and we had been simply sitting there with the mouths down and we didn’t understand how the hell it was potential.

“And there I wish to have this chance. Right here is principally now that it really works to only open the info and say ‘okay, let me see the info of Maro Engel for instance’ they usually can present me. It’s fairly a superb job AMG is doing there.”

Schumacher scored a greatest end of 14th within the first half of the 2022 DTM season, though a potential factors end went begging on the Lausitzring when he made a sluggish begin from tenth on the grid.

The German driver feels he’s nonetheless discovering it laborious to regulate to the ABS system, which turned necessary in DTM following its change to GT3 equipment in 2021.

“I made a step, for certain, however there’s nonetheless loads to study and enhance on,” he defined.

“I imply, there’s nonetheless some forms of corners I nonetheless don’t perceive within the automobile, for instance laborious braking zones is one thing I nonetheless don’t actually get a lot with the ABS working system, it’s fairly troublesome for me to know as a result of the ABS is principally lowering your velocity by the expertise or no matter. 

“As a result of the brake pedal retains transferring after which the stress is altering and on the graph typically up and down which is a bit complicated for me as a result of I by no means had that in formulation [cars] clearly, that is nonetheless some stuff that I actually need to work on.”

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