Robert Wickens: “After 98 extremely tiring laps, I had to sprint down the full length of the pit lane to the podium ceremony!“
Not only did Audi's Mike Rockenfeller take the DTM victory on the Brands Hatch circuit but he also is the new series points leader.
Pole winner's BMW M3 failed post-qualifying technical inspection! Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller inherits pole.
The DTM racers were very close in qualifying on the Brands Hatch 1.929 kilometres long track
The Brazilian Augusto Farfus successfully used the technical novelties option tyres and DRS to take the chequered flag from his fellow BMW driver Dirk Werner and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz).
The first race of the season covers 42 laps and 192.108 kilometres and starts on Sunday at 13:30 hrs (CET).
From 8.55 hrs till 9.25 hrs, pit stops are being practices, in the presence of spectators.
The most important changers in the regulations for 2013: DRS, Option tires, Pit stop window, Qualifying, and Parc fermé.
Recently, there seems to always be powerhouse teams or manufacturers who dominate a certain discipline. Yet the German-based DTM appears to have parity.
Thanks to Marco Wittmann, BMW also secured one of the fastest lap times on the Barcelona time sheets.
The second day of the four day test on the 2.977 Circuit de Catalunya a Mercedes driver again on the top of the timesheets.
The DTM teams also test the DRS (Drag Reduction System), allowing the drivers to open a rear-wing flap and temporarily increase their top speed, this way.
DTM’s exclusive tyre partner Hankook will take an option tyre to the Spanish metropolis that will offer the driver the opportunity to set clearly faster times, for some laps.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica (Poland, 28) undertakes his first tests in a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.
At this time, Mercedes nor Williams have made a comment on Toto Wolff replacing Norbert Haug.
At the end of the 2012 racing season, Norbert Haug’s departure as the head of Mercedes motorsports programs sent shockwaves through the racing community. It now appears that Toto Wolff will be named as the new director this coming week.