Bernhard 'learning from Audi legends'
|By Simon Strang and Matt Beer||Wednesday, June 9th 2010, 15:49 GMT|
Timo Bernhard says he still feels he has a lot to learn from the illustrious crew in Audi's #7 entry.
Although the former factory Porsche driver is already a Sebring 12 Hours, Daytona 24 Hours and Nurburgring 24 Hours winner, and has multiple American Le Mans Series class titles to his name, he regards his team-mates Allan McNish, Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen in the lead Audi as the benchmark drivers going into this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.
"First of all I have a lot of respect for them," Bernhard told AUTOSPORT. "You can see how many races they've won here and they have so much experience.
"To be honest as well, I'm 29 years old and I've also done a lot of long distance and prototype racing, but I can still learn something from these guys. I have my eyes and ears open so I can get better as a driver as well. If we can do the same speed as them or fight with them in the race, for sure that will be good for us."
The German expects all three Audi crews to go into the race on an equal footing.
"At the moment we haven't spoken about the race in detail, but so far we do our own race," he said.
Bernhard added that having won the other major events on the global sportscar calendar only made him more determined to add an outright Le Mans victory to his record.
"I've said a lot of times that this is the one race that's missing in my CV. I've won Daytona overall, I've won the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, I've won Sebring, so really this is the race in my career that I want to win at least one time," he said.
"Just to drive here in an LMP1 car was a dream come true. To be on top of the podium would really be a dream."