The Audi DTM squad faces further punishment for the last lap incident involving Timo Scheider in last weekend’s second race at Spielberg, after the matter was referred to the DMSB.
Scheider was excluded from sixth place after a lengthy stewards’ inquiry at the Austrian track, the two-time champion deemed to have deliberately hit the rear of Robert Wickens’ car – eliminating the Canadian and Mercedes teammate Pascal Wehrlein from the race.
The move followed a radio message to Scheider to “push him out” by Audi’s motorsport boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, who later issued an apology but insisted his words were not meant as an instruction. Audi chose not to appeal Scheider’s disqualification.
It was decided by the race stewards to forward the incident on to the appeal court of the DMSB, Germany’s FIA-recognised national sporting authority, citing a “possible unsporting instruction via radio” by Audi, who could now be handed additional sanctions for the controversy.
Until the DMSB reaches a decision, the results of the race – won by Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom, who now leads the championship following Wehrlein’s non-finish – remain provisional.