Tim Zimmermann ended his debut Formel ADAC campaign as best rookie Photo: Formel ADAC
Tim Zimmermann ended his debut Formel ADAC campaign as best rookie Photo: Formel ADAC

Tim Zimmermann's season

The whole season was one long highlight

Tim Zimmermann ended his debut Formel ADAC campaign as best rookie. The Neuhauser Racing youngster claimed one win and ten podiums.

What was your personal highlight of 2014?
Obviously, my win at the Slovakia Ring. I went into this race from ninth on the grid and worked my way up to the front, so that was a performance I was really proud of. I think that if I'd won from pole, it wouldn't have been anywhere near as satisfying. But essentially, the whole season was one long highlight. I never expected to score ten podiums in my debut year.

What targets did you set yourself for the season, and would you say in retrospect that you've achieved them?
Every series I compete in, I aim to finish as champion. I don't think it makes any sense to set your sights lower. I always strive for the maximum and try to make the best of the circumstances. I may not have won the 2014 title, but having finished third overall, I can look back on a very successful year.

What have you learnt in terms of driving skills from competing in Formel ADAC, and where can we expect to see you in 2015?
The one-on-one battles in single-seater racing were new to me. In karting, you're allowed to make contact when overtaking. I had to change my approach somewhat, but I steadily got better as the season progressed. At Oschersleben, I was a little cautious, but in the course of the campaign, my overtaking manoeuvres steadily improved. When we analysed the data, it was clear that I was making progress. This also goes for the whole feel of the car. I have always felt comfortable in the car, whether changing gear, braking, steering or managing downforce. As for the 2015 season, I would like to enter for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. However, there is still a question mark over the finances.

2014 Season