In the last three races of the DTM season, Van der Linde clashed with Lawson in each race, and a crash at the finale lost his rival’s hope of winning the 2021 title that Maximilian Gotz won. Mercedes Team Order Brought Race Win to Germans Seal the Drivers’ Championship by 3 points.
Red Bull Junior Lawson, who started the final round of Norising as a favorite of the heavy title, accused Van der Linde of calling him a “fool” and the “dirty man” he had ever competed with. Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko felt worthy of banning his actions..
Given a five-second penalty for leaving the track in a dangerous way on Turn 2 during a crash in the final race at Norisring, Van der Linde is social to publicly apologize for speaking to Lawson. I used the media by phone on Tuesday night.
“After the race on Sunday, I decided to move away from social media and look back on everything that happened,” Van der Linde wrote in his personal social media account. “At that time, I wanted to make sure I contacted the person who deserved the most apology. Liam and I spoke last night.
“We talked about everything that happened, and I apologized to him for his actions at the expense of the championship.
“I also apologize for the media treatment right after the race. I was full of adrenaline and when I got out of the car without seeing what was happening on TV, Mike was stuck in my face. I couldn’t handle it well and I’m not proud of it. “
Abt Sportsline drivers have also opened up for abuses they have suffered via social media after the DTM finale.
“In terms of sports, everyone has the right to express their opinion,” he writes. “Our drivers are forced to make high-stake decisions in the blink of an eye. They are not always the right ones and often have serious consequences.
“The social abuse I suffered last week leaves a sad taste in my mouth and takes time to deal with. The only thing I tell people who feel the need to write them: you give me I don’t know, you don’t know my family, and you definitely haven’t walked in my shoes for a day. Sport is a sport, but never forget that there are real people behind it I don’t want it for any human being.
“I’ll be back here next year. And I’ll do a lot better. Kelvin.”
Van der Linde finished third in the 2021 DTM season in the Drivers’ Championship, 22 points behind the title-winning Gotz and 19 points behind Lawson.
Van der Linde apologizes to Lawson after the Norisring DTM finale
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