Cars: Madpanda-Mercedes with a difficult debut: Götz brought "other mentality"

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The arrival of the first Spanish team in series history turns out to be a real splash of color in the paddock of the ADAC GT Masters: Madpanda Motorsport mixes up the championship above all And quickly established itself as a fan favorite. On the other hand, things are not going so well on the route.

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The moving team boss Ezequiel Perez-Companc can look back on a twelfth place after six out of 14 races. But the shape curve is steeply pointed up, because the Argentinian ran this twelfth place at the last race of the series on Zandvoort Sunday , together with new signing Maximilian Götz.

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The Mercedes-AMG driver brought support from the work in the form of additional staff in the Netherlands. "The results in Zandvoort can really be seen and I think we have taken a good step. Now we have a different mentality for the next races," says Perez Companc to 'Motorsport.com Germany'.

How does that come about? "We had to understand that the challenge is different on and next to the route than at other championships. Here, too, the level is very high and you have to be more than perfect. If you only miss a tenth, you fall back in the starting line -up . Qualifying is much more important in the ADAC GT Masters. "

Hard start to the season "No surprise" for team boss

in Zandvoort already took one step forward in qualifying:

on Saturday Perez-Companc put the Madpanda Mercedes, also thanks to the weather god. In the race, the tire was picked up, the result was P15.

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But already this 15th position was a step forward opposite the first two racing weekends in Oschersleben and Spielberg. In the four races there, Madpanda finished 20th in 20 times and once in 19th place. Team boss Perez Companc admits that the "no big surprise" was for the team.

"When we faced this new challenge, we knew that it would be difficult because the competition was very strong. We never underestimated this challenge. Certainly the season did not start as we wanted. We had expected "To be more competitive," says the Argentinian.

Götz helps Madpanda Motorsport immediately

with the arrival of Götz and additional AMG engineers, the trend reversal was initiated. The fresh staff was particularly helpful in understanding the new generation of tire from Pirelli. After the summer break, it should go further forward for the Spanish Madpanda troop.

"The idea for the Nürburgring is certainly to come to the podium. Then of course we have to see what we were going to do afterwards. We have to wait and see the [driver] line-up and set the appropriate goals," dares for Perez Companc Outlook. At least at the Nürburgring,

will share the Mercedes-AMG again with Götz .

"Of course we want to remain competitive, but that will depend on the second driver [for the last three weekends]. It has not yet been determined." In the team ranking, it can only go up for Madpanda Motorsport. After six out of 14 races, the team is in the 14th and last position.

with images by Alexander Trienitz.

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