Throughout the three ultimate races of the DTM season, van der Linde precipitated collisions with Lawson in every race, with a crash within the finale destroying his rival’s hopes of the claiming the 2021 title which was gained by Maximilian Gotz – however solely after Mercedes group orders’ gave the German the race win to seal the drivers’ championship by three factors.
Crimson Bull junior Lawson, who started the Norising ultimate spherical as heavy title favorite, put the blame on van der Linde, calling him an “fool” and the “dirtiest man” he has ever raced towards whereas Crimson Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko felt he deserved a ban for his actions.
Van der Linde, who was given a five-second time penalty for leaving the monitor in an unsafe method at Flip 2 throughout their crash within the ultimate race at Norisring, has taken to social media to offer a public apology to Lawson having spoken to him on the telephone on Tuesday evening.
“After Sunday’s race, I made a decision to show away from social media and replicate on every little thing that occurred,” van der Linde wrote on his private social media accounts. “In that point I wished to verify to contact the one that most deserved an apology. Liam and I spoke final evening.
“We spoke about every little thing that occurred and I apologised for the actions that value him the championship.
“I additionally apologised for a way I dealt with the media immediately after the race. I used to be filled with adrenaline and had a microphone caught in my face as I received out of the automobile with out seeing what occurred on TV. I didn’t deal with it effectively and I’m not happy with that.”
The Abt Sportsline driver has additionally opened up on the abuse he has acquired by way of social media after the DTM finale.
“On a sporting facet everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinion,” he wrote. “Us drivers are pressured to make excessive stake choice inside a break up second of time. These are usually not all the time the correct ones and so they typically have severe penalties.
“The social abuse which I acquired over the last week go away a tragic style in my mouth and can take time to course of. The one factor I’ll say to those who felt the necessity to write these issues: You don’t know me, you don’t know my household and also you positively haven’t walked a day in my footwear. Sport is sport. However by no means ever overlook that there are actual folks behind all of it. I don’t want any of that on any human being.
“I shall be again right here subsequent yr. And I’ll do many issues higher. Kelvin.”
Van der Linde ended the 2021 DTM season in third place within the drivers’ championship, 22 factors off title-winner Gotz and 19 factors behind Lawson.