The 24-year-old Frenchman Audi driver has worked hard on his fitness during the winter.
Ingolstadt - Will be a special year for Adrien Tambay. Before the start of the DTM season, the Audi DTM driver moved to bustling London.
“In Bregenz, I often felt lonely,” says the Frenchman who is tackling his fourth DTM year in Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. “In London, there are a lot of friends waiting for me. I’ve found a great apartment in Chelsea and believe that London will be a fantastic city to live in for someone my age. I’m very positive about the move.”
Two races mean a double dose of fun for me.
The 24-year-old Frenchman has worked hard on his fitness during the winter. “We’ve got a new training schedule at Audi Sport. I've strictly adhered to it and can already feel the results. In the past years, I always felt pretty tired after the first test following the winter break. This time, sitting in a race car for many laps wasn't any problem for me at all.”
Participating in a number of French Ice Racing Series events has been another way in which Tambay has kept fit pre-season. "Mentally in particular," he says. “Of course I’d like to drive a GT3 race now and then for Audi too but in 2015 I’m fully focused on the DTM.”
This season he has a new engineer at his side with Nicola Palarchi swapping Formula One for DTM and Audi Sport Team Abt. "We worked together in my last year in single-seater racing and we got along tremendously," says Adrien who is delighted with the appointment. "We trust each other. Nicola is new in the DTM but he’s got such a wealth of experience that he’ll quickly learn the special characteristics."
The new ‘layout’ of the DTM weekends, as Adrien Tambay calls it, is another thing the Audi driver is looking forward too. "Two races mean a double dose of fun for me. And as I tend to be impatient by nature, it’s good that we’re already driving a race on Saturday. The qualifying format is great too. You can't afford to make any mistakes and have got to be fast immediately. That should suit me well."
From the start of this season, Tambay will have two “good luck charms:” the famous ‘Bunnies’ of his main sponsor and the legendary number ‘27’ on his Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM that his father, Patrick, had previously been fortunate with as a Ferrari driver in Formula One. “He took over the 27 from Gilles Villeneuve at the time who, in addition to Ayrton Senna and my father, is one of my great idols.”
In everyday driving, Tambay, like many of his fellow drivers, relies on the Audi RS 6 Avant. "But I need to take a close look at the new RS 3," he says. "It looks great and might be perfect for London."