Wickens - “I've changed my approach to things”

Canadian racer Robert Wickens climbed on the podium at the end of Race 1 of the 2016 season of the DTM in Hockenheim a few weeks ago.

Wickens - “I've changed my approach to things”
Podium: third place Augusto Farfus, BMW Team MTEK, BMW M4 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
Podium: 2nd Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM; 1st Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM; 3rd Nico Müller, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM
Robert Wickens, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM

Wickens, who has contested 50 DTM races so far in his career, is the driver of the No. 6 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM for team HWA. The Toronto native - the winner of three DTM races so far - talks about the way he changed his preparation for the new season.

Robert, you have made a strong start to the season. What changed over the winter?
Robert Wickens: "Quite a lot, to be honest. Firstly, I swapped teams at HWA. While things were still okay with my old team, I simply needed a change of scenery. Secondly, we spent a great deal of time analysing all the things I did wrong last year. We found a few areas where I can improve my driving skills, plus, I've changed my approach to things." 

In what respect?
"I always used to be a guy who liked to have fun, make jokes and always saw the positives in everything. I lost my carefree take on life last year by doggedly trying to succeed. I took everything too seriously, digging a hole for myself from which there was no escape. I'm now more like my old self, am much more relaxed in the way I tackle things and just want to have fun."

But it's not just your approach that you have changed, you have also taken a different tack where nutrition and exercise are concerned.
"Yes, that's right. I pay a lot more attention to my diet. It's not that I was particularly malnourished before, but since the winter, for example, I've stopped eating dairy products. I've lost three kilos and feel fitter as a result. In addition, I do yoga two or three times a week, which has also helped me to tackle things differently."

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