Day three of the official DTM tests at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya: While the fastest times on Tuesday and Wednesday were set by Mercedes-Benz drivers, Audi’s new signing Jamie Green proved to be the quickest on Thursday. With his Audi RS 5, the Briton crossed the line on his fastest lap in 1:07.171 minutes.
Meanwhile, Pascal Wehrlein completed his first laps at the wheel of the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, at Barcelona. The DTM rookie who contested his farewell event in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and secured three podiums, last weekend, finished second on his first day of DTM testing, just 0.065 seconds behind Green.
Filipe Albuquerque (Audi), Roberto Merhi (Mercedes-Benz), Adrien Tambay (Audi) and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) secured the positions three to six on the time sheets. The fastest BMW driver was Dirk Werner. With his BMW M3 DTM, he was some two tenths of a second slower than Green. DTM rookie Marco Wittman made his first appearance in the Barcelona tests, on Thursday. The German finished 11th behind his fellow BMW driver Joey Hand and will be back behind the wheel on Friday. Joey Hand was the busiest driver of the day. The US American BMW driver completed 210 laps, representing a total mileage of 625.17 kilometres.
Friday will be the last of the four official days of testing at Barcelona. The tests will be held from 09:00 to 13:00hrs and from 14:00 to 18:00hrs. Please click here for the live timing.
Jamie Green, Audi: “A good day. We could complete our scheduled programme and executed every task we had on our list. That feels good. The track was dry, the sessions weren’t temporarily red-flagged and we didn’t encounter the slightest technical problems. We covered a lot of kilometres. In the afternoon session alone, we completed more than 100 laps. And doing so currently is of major importance, for me. There’s just one thing that will help me getting the right feel for the Audi RS 5 DTM: as many laps as possible. The same applies to the collaboration with my race engineer and my data engineer – and the tests at Barcelona represented a good opportunity to improve this collaboration. The DRS wing also makes a positive impression. The effect won’t be as big as in Formula 1 and the overtaking won’t be as easy as there but it will make overtaking easier, nevertheless. Today, we also learned a lot about the option tyres that are clearly faster than the standard tyres.”
Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes-Benz: “Driving the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé at Barcelona for the first time in an official test felt just great. I really look forward to continuing the work with the team and try to understand the car and familiarise myself with it as fast as possible. As things went rather well, today, I massively look forward to the tests tomorrow and to Hockenheim. For me as rookie it’s crucial to learn as much as possible that will prove to be helpful in the season. I think we gathered a lot of data and findings today that will allows us to make a step forward. It goes without saying that having set the second fastest time feels great – but I’m aware that this is just a test and will keep my feet on the ground.”