Kristensen Apologises to Paffett

Audi's Tom Kristensen has apologised to DTM Championship leader Gary Paffett over his on-track behaviour at the Norisring on Sunday, but he refused to comment on speculation that he was acting on team orders

Kristensen Apologises to Paffett

Paffett was left furious with Kristensen after he appeared to slow deliberately while leading the race, just prior to his second pitstop. The Briton accused his rival of then trying to drive him off the road and claimed he had lost all 'respect' for him as a racing driver.

But speaking to Autosport-Atlas, Kristensen revealed that he had spoken to Paffett about his actions to make it clear that he had not deliberately played it dirty. He also expressed his own frustration at the situation, because he knew at that stage of the race he could not win.

"I have said sorry to Gary," said Kristensen, who eventually finished seventh. "Gary deserved the victory yesterday and I know for me that at that stage I couldn't win the race.

"I was of course disappointed about that. I would probably have finished fourth if I would have continued my pace as before, so in that sense I was not pleased obviously."

When asked why he had slowed down, Kristensen declined to explain the real reasons - fuelling speculation about internal team orders at Audi.

"I slowed down a lot. It was something that I think was, let's say, not very nice and it is not something that will happen again.

"Wherever it (the decision to slow) came from I have no comment, but I can just make sure that it will never happen again."

Despite Kristensen's refusal to speak about why he dropped his pace so dramatically, there are suggestions that the Audi driver was asked to slow deliberately and hinder Paffett's pace to try and drop him back into the clutches of his teammates.

This comes despite the fact by that stage of the race Paffett was comfortably clear of the pursuing Audis of privateer Christian Abt and Championship challenger Mattias Ekstrom. This meant that Kristensen's help was effectively wasted and only served to ruin his own chances in the race.

shares
comments
Paffett Targets DTM Title

Previous article

Paffett Targets DTM Title

Next article

Green Apologises to Hakkinen

Green Apologises to Hakkinen
Load comments

About this article

Series DTM
Drivers Gary Paffett
Author Jonathan Noble
The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king Plus

The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king

It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One rule set, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race

DTM
Oct 13, 2020
How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror Plus

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror

Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did

DTM
Sep 23, 2020
The season that revitalised a sleeping giant Plus

The season that revitalised a sleeping giant

On the 20th anniversary of the resumption of hostilities in the DTM, Autosport revisits a classic season that brought a staple of German motorsport back to life with a bang and set in motion the careers of some notable names

DTM
May 28, 2020
Does 2000 hold the answers to DTM's current crisis? Plus

Does 2000 hold the answers to DTM's current crisis?

It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?

DTM
May 28, 2020
The last-chance saloon of Germany's forgotten tin-top champions Plus

The last-chance saloon of Germany's forgotten tin-top champions

The Opel Vectra GTS was the last in the line of the marque's DTM challengers, but failed to hit the lofty heights of its predecessors when financial constraints hit

DTM
May 15, 2020
Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers Plus

Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers

Audi last week announced it would be exiting the DTM at the end of 2020, bringing the curtain down on 20 years of continuous participation since the series' reboot in 2000. Autosport's expert panel ranks its 10 best drivers from the period

DTM
May 5, 2020
How the DTM landed itself in crisis Plus

How the DTM landed itself in crisis

Audi's announcement that it will withdraw from the DTM was the latest bodyblow for a series that has lost three manufacturers in as many years. Some major soul-searching will now be required to assess how it can survive

DTM
Apr 28, 2020
The FE cynic who had to accept change in his series Plus

The FE cynic who had to accept change in his series

DTM boss Gerhard Berger was an ardent detractor of Formula E and was reluctant for his series to embrace greener engine technologies. But this cynic's tune has had to change to ensure the DTM's existence in the future of motorsport

DTM
Dec 13, 2019