Ralf Schumacher made his DTM debut at Hockenheim last weekend. Despite the ongoing coverage and hype surrounding his move, he remained relaxed and frank about his conservative expectations.
He wanted to race an older car so he could adapt to the series without the burden of expectation that would have come with one of Mercedes' four new cars. While he didn't get the low-key debut he was hoping for thanks to the eager home press, he did make a solid start and conducted himself admirably during the weekend.
His Friday morning practice was cut short when he lost sixth gear and pulled off the road about 15 minutes before the end of the session. He, like most of the Mercedes drivers, elected not to go out in the treacherous conditions on Friday afternoon.