Jean Alesi is looking forward to the new DTM season and has settled into the series for this year. Recently home from a trip to the States, the Mercedes driver, who attended a presentation of the new E55 AMG in Detroit, thinks this year's Mercedes race car will be more competitive from the start of his second DTM season.
"As for me, I'm now more at home in my new environment. Last season, I was still thinking like a F1 driver. It took a bit of time for me to get used to driving with HANS in a car that had a roof and windscreen wipers!"
The ex-Formula One driver is still interested in his former series and intends to stay up to watch the first Grand Prix, at Albert Park in Melbourne, in ten days time: "So, not long to go till the start of the F1 season," he commented. "I shall definitely stay up to watch the first race in Melbourne. I am interested to see the effects of the new regulations. I don't mind staying up late."
Alesi finished fifth overall in the DTM drivers' standings in his debut year in 2002. He partnered former DTM champion Bernd Schneider at Vodaphone AMG Mercedes, the squad that won the Teams' championship. Mercedes have yet to allocate drivers to teams for 2003 but it seems likely Alesi and Schneider will remain as team mates.