Tales from the paddock – Maximilian Götz: “We have only one objective this season, namely to finish on top and win the championship”

April 2019

Maximilian Götz will have a new co-driver when he lines up for the start of the new ADAC GT Masters season at Oschersleben next weekend. There is only one outcome he will accept this time…

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams
  • Three questions for Maximilian Götz
  • Social media news: What’s new online?

This is what happened: Results and facts

  • British GT Championship: Adam Christodoulou and Richard Neary in podium finish at Oulton Park as runners-up

News snippets

Baku, here we come: After Formula 1 reached a major milestone in China, the series now moves on to Azerbaijan, the venue for the 1,001st Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas can look back on a fantastic start to the season, having taken three wins from the first three races. The Baku City Circuit has hosted a Formula 1 race on only three previous occasions. The winner of the inaugural race in the 2016 season was Nico Rosberg at the wheel of an F1 W07 Hybrid. Initially, the Baku race had the status of European Grand Prix, but since 2017, it has been contested as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The team has also won one of the races held under this new designation. Last year, Lewis was able to claim a maiden victory in the streets of Baku after Valtteri was forced to retire with a puncture in the closing stage of the race while in the lead. With two victories and two pole positions, Mercedes is the most successful brand on the Baku street circuit to date. The team will be back on the narrow, winding streets of the Azerbaijan capital next weekend.

Safety Car: In addition to the two F1 W10 EQ Power+ cars to be driven by Lewis and Valtteri, a third Mercedes could also feature centre stage this coming weekend in Baku: the Mercedes-AMG GT R safety car of Bernd Mayländer. The SC has been deployed in two of the three races so far on the tricky street circuit through the old town of Baku – in the 2017 season Mayländer’ s services were called on three times and the following year twice. So on the basis of the limited evidence so far, there is a 67% probability of the safety car putting in an appearance. Incidentally, it was not just Formula 1 passing a milestone in the most recent race in Shanghai; the 2019 China Grand Prix was also the 350th time that Bernd Mayländer has been on call at the wheel of the safety car.

Three questions for Maximilian Götz

Maximilian Götz is one of the most experienced drivers in the ADAC GT Masters. At Oschersleben on the last weekend in April, the 33-year-old MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport squad member will embark on his seventh season in the Super Sports Car League. This time, he will have a new team-mate: for the 14 races of the forthcoming campaign, Indy Dontje will be sharing the cockpit of the number 47 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Maximilian, the only thing that has changed for you as you go into the 2019 season is your co-driver. How significant a change will that be?

Maximilian Götz: We already have a highly competitive team, and Indy is going to be a real asset. He knows the car, the HTP Motorsport team and the ADAC GT Masters inside out. I’m delighted to have Indy as a partner, because for me, the ADAC GT Masters is the toughest sprint series there is. If you want to be in contention for the title, you need to have the perfect setup.

After you narrowly missed out on the title in 2018 on the final weekend at the Hockenheimring, you have some unfinished business with the ADAC GT Masters. Does that give you extra motivation going into the new season?

Maximilian Götz: Definitely. We have only one objective this season, namely to finish on top and win the championship. It would be presumptuous to say that it’s going to be an easy ride. But we performed well on all of the tracks last year, apart from the unlucky DNFs at the Hockenheimring and the Sachsenring. Providing we stay focused in our preparations, we should be up there with the front-runners in every race. It is a huge motivation for us to be challengers for the title and to be successful representatives of the Mercedes-AMG brand in this highly competitive series which is contested by all the top manufacturers.

This season, the first 15 teams to finish each race will score points. What do you think of the new points system, and will it make the series even more exciting?

Maximilian Götz: For a start, it will certainly make the series more interesting, because even more teams will ultimately be in with a chance of winning the championship. And also, in my opinion, it will increase the importance of the individual races. We’ll also see cleaner racing in the midfield, with fewer risky attacking moves being made. The drivers will be using their common sense more, so as not to fritter away valuable points. Because at the end of the season, the champion will be the driver who occasionally settles for twelfth and banks the points.

Social Media News

#PurePitWall: Our Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin answers questions from fans about the 1,000th Formula 1 race in China, including the reason why we brought both cars in at the same time and what happened to Valtteri’ s start.

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