Robert Wickens: The film was really good. I’m obviously biased, because it’s about my team, my team-mates and my family. The film was amazing. It succeeded in capturing the emotional ups and downs of the DTM and our season very well. It showed what we’ve been through, and how we responded. It was a beautiful story.
What was your personal highlight?
Robert Wickens: There were quite a few, but for me it was the way we showed the world the friendship that exists within the team. There are certainly very few people who know how closely we drivers work together in our team. I’ve never experienced it to this extent before. Also, it was also pretty cool to see myself as a kid. I didn’t know that these clips were going to be part of the movie. It made me quite emotional, especially hearing what my father had to say about me. All in all, it was a surreal experience. I would never have thought that I could one day feature in such a film.
Christmas is coming. How will you be spending the break?
Robert Wickens: I’ll fly back to Canada and relax with friends and family. I’ll be spending the Christmas period itself in Canada before Karli and I go to Barbados for the New Year. One of our friends is getting married there, which will certainly be nice.
World premiere: The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team was accompanied by a camera crew throughout the 2016 DTM season – the first time that this has happened in the history of the series. However, the focus of the resulting documentary is less on the racing action and more on the people behind the sport. Visits to the homes of the drivers, interviews with relatives and friends – all this and much more kept the audience entertained at last Thursday’s premiere screening in Stuttgart. But don’t worry if you missed out on the occasion, as the documentary – NO REGRETS: THE 2016 MERCEDES-AMG DTM TEAM STORY – will be shown on free-to-air German TV before the end of this year.
Successful customer sports season: 2016 was the first campaign for the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 – and what a season it was! 50 podium finishes, including 18 race wins. That was on top of the 13 victories secured by the SLS AMG GT3. No fewer than 51 teams and 201 drivers contested the various GT3 championships with a Mercedes AMG vehicle in 2016. The highlight of the year was the historic quadruple victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. And here’s a fascinating statistic: between them, the eight Mercedes-AMG GT3s competing in the 24-hour race at Spa covered a grand total of 29,319 kilometres, equivalent to slightly more than one circumnavigation of the globe at the latitude of Frankfurt (= 25,770km approx).