Timo Bernhard, one part of last year's Le Mans-winning Audi trio, admits that coming back to La Sarthe as a winner has changed things for him.
Speaking to AUTOSPORT, the 30-year-old German discussed his evolving role within the team, his relationship with his co-drivers Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller and his chances of making it two from two in the 2011 event.
Q. Coming back this year as a winner, does it feel different than it did before?
Timo Bernhard: Yes. It's quite different. I already felt at the pre-test that now with the #1 on the car, you have for sure a lot more attention, from people, fans and also from the media. Then you have more to do throughout the week. Last year we were I think 'the insiders'. They had us on the list to be contenders for the victory but maybe not the overall favourites. We were more like the jokers in the pack, where if everything went right we could win. In the end we proved we could do it so now a lot more people have us on their radar.