DTM - MONZA - HIGHLIGHTS & FACTS
Following an excellent debut performance on Saturday, Esmee returned for the second race of the DTM season
The 23-year-old qualified 16th on the grid for the race
A stunning first stint saw Esmee climb the order, with brilliant overtakes on Arjun Maini and Timo Glock
Climbing into the top ten during the pit cycle, Esmee made her stop on lap eight
Rejoining 14th, the Brit was locked in a tight pack of cars
She took the chequered flag in P17 to round out a successful debut weekend in the series
ESMEE’S RACE REVIEW
“After a great day yesterday, I was really looking forward to getting back out on track today. I was a bit disappointed in myself in qualifying as I left some time on the table during the final sector on my fast lap, I think I was just overly cautious and not wanting to push too hard and make a mistake. The fact I was disappointed with P16 today shows how quickly I'm getting to grips with the step up to this level."
“I really enjoyed the first half of the race, I was able to get my elbows out a bit and really push myself. My pace was really strong, I was able to overtake Glock quite quickly and I had a great battle with Maini and Rockenfeller just before my pit stop so I was fired up and really giving it my all. After my stop, I kept pushing but tyre degradation meant our pace dropped off more than we would’ve liked so that’s something we’ll look into between now and Lausitzring. Overall, it’s been a really positive weekend and I’ve learnt so much which I can’t wait to put to good use next time. As always, a huge thanks to the team for their support and efforts this weekend - the only way is forward from here.”
Images courtesy of DTM & Jürgen Tap Photography..