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Alesi praises 'fantastic' series

Alesi praises 'fantastic' series

Jean Alesi is looking forward to his second season in the DTM and thinks the series is very exciting. Driving again for Mercedes, the former F1 star is impressed with the organization and pleased how well the fans are treated. "The DTM, in my ...

Jean Alesi is looking forward to his second season in the DTM and thinks the series is very exciting. Driving again for Mercedes, the former F1 star is impressed with the organization and pleased how well the fans are treated.

"The DTM, in my eyes, is a fantastic series," Alesi told the DTM website. "It is an impressive operation, whether on the commercial, organizational or technical side. Because the race-cars have a very similar competition level, with unbelievable power, it makes the racing very exciting. And I find it very important that the prices (for fans) are not as high as in F1."

Jean Alesi.
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"What pleases me particularly is that the fans are respected in the DTM, both by the series and by us drivers. The fans can look at the cars in the garages, get autographs, there are many attractions for them. All the teams organize that the fans can see the drivers and talk to them."

"For me it's fun to have the fan conference on Saturday afternoons, the people are well informed and ask interesting questions. The DTM is like a big motor sport party, the best of its kind that I have seen. I think that's much better than Formula One."

As for the on-track activity, Alesi likes the challenge of the competition being so close. With such strict regulations relating to vehicle performance, it's the driver as much as a fast car that can make the difference.

"In the DTM, having three manufacturers starting with cars that are nearly identical is an important point," the Frenchman said. "Because it depends very much on the driver whether he can make the pace on the weekend, as well as the race engineer to make the car fast. The driver also has to be able to improve the potential of the car from practice sessions to the race."

Although Alesi swaps team-mates this season, from Bernd Schneider to Marcel F?ssler, the Mercedes HWA squad -- Schneider, Uwe Alzen, Alesi and F?ssler -- is where he's happy to be.

"I feel very good in my team," he said. "Everyone has helped me find my feet in the DTM, because after my years in F1 the DTM was completely new. For me it's very important how you get on with the others in your team. In F1 I worked in teams where the atmosphere was quite cool to each other but here the atmosphere is warm and friendly. To me that is important for bringing good achievements and being successful."

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Bernd Schneider , Uwe Alzen