Ahead of the 2019 racing season getting underway, Audi headed to Lanzarote for a training camp.
Heading to Club La Santa in the Canary Islands drivers from DTM Series and Formula E along with Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass, as well as their team principals spent a week of intensive training.
“This was our fourth time at Club La Santa, which offers simply ideal conditions,” says Tom Kristensen. The Danish Le Mans record winner together with team physician Dr. Vincenzo Tota looks after the mental and physical strengths of the drivers and every year surprises them with new sports and exciting challenges.
Activities such as: road biking, mountain bike tours across lava fields, surfing, stand-up paddling, boxing, water polo, weight training, rock climbing, and much more faced the drivers.
For Loïc Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green, Nico Müller, René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller along with their Formula E counterparts Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi the seven days on the island was anything but a relaxing holiday.
“It’s about taking the drivers to their limits and building their strengths in the long run so that they’re able to do a perfect job for Audi in extreme situations,” said Kristensen. “Obviously, fun and teambuilding are part of the program.”
At the end of the week they were set a secret challenge, which this year was building a garden shed in just three hours.
As well, they had to look like the huts that are used at race tracks. The teams managed to do a good job of this with the three creations showcasing different motorsport themes.
The three creations will be displayed at Club La Santa and at childcare centres in Lanzarote.
Abt and di Grassi are in action this weekend for the fourth round of the FE season in Mexico City.
For the DTM drivers it is a little while longer to wait with the first round of the year getting underway at Hockenheim 3-5 May.