More tech­ni­cal in­put at Audi is a plus

Motor Sport News - - Jamie Green -

When Jamie Green left Mercedes at the end of 2012, he’d spent eight sea­sons in the DTM and fin­ished in the top seven in the cham­pi­onship in ev­ery one of them, with a peak of third in his fi­nal cam­paign.

He took a while to set­tle in with Audi – hence his ca­reer­low in 2013 and his re­build­ing sea­son in ’14 – but last year showed ex­actly what he could do. To his eight pre­vi­ous wins with Merc, Green added his first four suc­cesses with Audi. He took an early cham­pi­onship lead, only for a poor mid­sea­son run to de­rail his bid. Un­daunted, he clam­bered from fifth to sec­ond in the points at the Hock­en­heim fi­nale to go into the win­ter on a high.

Key to his im­prov­ing form, says Green, is his switch away from the spot­light of Audi’s Abt Sport­sline squad (for which he raced in 2013) to Team Ros­berg, where he has gelled with en­gi­neer Eric Baum­gart­ner, a vet­eran of the team from its days run­ning Nico Ros­berg and Gary Paf­fett in For­mula 3.

For some­one who wasn’t even al­lowed in­for­ma­tion about the set-up of his own car in his Mercedes days, Green is rel­ish­ing get­ting in­volved on the tech­ni­cal side, and reck­ons he is im­prov­ing as an over­all driv­ing pack­age as a re­sult.

The fail­ure to win the 2015 ti­tle was down to a few tech­ni­cal nig­gles out­side his con­trol and get­ting the set-up wrong in the wet races. “I think I can do bet­ter this year than last year, and the over­all cham­pi­onship re­sult was just how it went,” says Green. “The cham­pi­onship re­sult is some­thing that will just hap­pen one day when my luck’s in.”

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