Why is the Nordschleife so famous?
Because motorsport really came alive here. The circuit is 90 years old now and I would say it’s the mother of motorsport. When it was opened in 1927, it was not just a racetrack, but also a test track, so there were a lot of trials. This is why I’d say it is the birthplace of motorsport. Everyone who comes here wants to return, it’s like a drug.
You’ve been racing on the Nordschleife for a long time. Has your driving style changed over the years?
My driving style? [laughs] I always try to be asfast as possible. But the cars have changed a lot. When I started out in motorsport, there was no ABS or power steering. The tyres did not grip so well. Now cars are much easier to drive, they are much more forgiving, and are also faster.
What’s it like to be a woman in the predominantly male environment of motorsport?
To be a woman in motor racing? At the beginning it was tough. Everybody would say, “Sure, we’ll help you if you have questions, or just follow me… And I didn’t follow the guy – I just overtook him on the third corner. So they started to be very upset. You really have to be hard as nails because they are perhaps not fair at times. But a couple of years down the line, they learnt their lesson, and now there are more women in motorsport, and they’re very fast, too. So it’s accepted these days.