Throughout the three last races of the DTM season, van der Linde induced 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 team orders’ gave the German the race win to seal the drivers’ championship by three factors.
Pink Bull junior Lawson, who started the Norising last spherical as heavy title favorite, put the blame on van der Linde, calling him an “fool” and the “dirtiest man” he has ever raced in opposition to whereas Red 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 observe in an unsafe method at Flip 2 throughout their crash within the last race at Norisring, has taken to social media to offer a public apology to Lawson having spoken to him on the telephone on Tuesday night time.
“After Sunday’s race, I made a decision to show away from social media and mirror on every part that occurred,” van der Linde wrote on his private social media accounts. “In that point I needed to ensure to contact the one who most deserved an apology. Liam and I spoke final night time.
“We spoke about every part that occurred and I apologised for the actions that price 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 pleased 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 cut up second of time. These usually are not at all times the proper ones and so they usually have critical penalties.
“The social abuse which I acquired over the past week depart a tragic style in my mouth and can take time to course of. The one factor I’ll say to people 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 neglect 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.