The DTM starts in 2017 a new era. The renewed technical regulations allows the series to suffer a change of philosophy with cars with V8 engines more powerful that reach up to 500 HP. In addition, it has reduced aerodynamic drag for that the cars produce less ‘downforce‘ and have opted for tires softer, which allows for greater speed, but they have a management more critical. The result is that in the last pre-season test at Hockenheim, the best time was two seconds faster than the pole position for 2016 and almost four seconds faster than the best lap in the race.
In this aspect, Paul Di Resta is one of the drivers that can best assess the change that has undergone the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, every time that the scot has driven three different generations of cars Mercedes in the contest: “The biggest surprise to me is how fast are the new cars. The lap times were much lower. Thanks to this regulation is new, there is less downforce, but more power and tires with more grip. Driving the new DTM is very fun, but looking after the tyres is going to be one of the biggest challenges”.
Paul Di Resta was the second fastest rider on the last test of the DTM at Hockenheim after falling to 37 thousandths of Timo Glock. The good feelings collected during the four days of testing and the apparent good performance that has shown the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM invite the pilot scottish to be very optimistic with the new season: “it Was a very productive test. We collected a lot of data and we can rely on in the future. It is clear that things can change, but we are better prepared than we have been in a long time. With any luck, we can be title contenders“.