Marco Wittmann will start from the top spot for the DTM race at Budapest.
This Sunday, Marco Wittmann will be the pole-sitter for the first DTM race held at the Hungaroring after a break of nearly 26 years. In the qualifying session, the German BMW M4 DTM driver crossed the line of the 4.381-kilometre circuit located not far from Budapest in 1:26.518 minutes, thus repeating the feat he delivered at Oschersleben and securing his second consecutive pole. “I just love the qualifying,” said the winner of the season opener following the third pole position in his still short DTM career. “Getting your act together on a single lap represents a great challenge. Today, everything went fine – a great day for BMW. First position on the grid is a great initial position as a good start is particularly important, here in Hungary.”
Meanwhile, Pascal Wehrlein in 16th position once again proved to be the fastest of the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé drivers – while fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Christian Vietoris had to cope with a disappointment. The Oschersleben winner encountered a difficult qualifying session at the Hungaroring and in the end, he will be the last on the grid for the race on Sunday. “I knew right from the start that the situation would be difficult for us, in dry conditions,” the 25-year old revealed. “On a dry track, we are just too slow. Now it’s important that we make a major team effort and focus on making progress.”
Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) also wasn’t happy with his qualifying achievements. In the end, the reigning DTM Champion had to settle for finishing 13th. Meanwhile, the three rookies Maxime Martin, António Félix da Costa (both BMW) and Nico Müller (Audi) made for positive surprises. All the three DTM newcomers made it to the final phase of qualifying. Martin even temporarily held the provisional pole to qualify fourth, in the end – right ahead of Félix da Costa, with Müller coming eighth.
The qualifying session in detail
18.08 hrs. The Qualifying of the DTM at the Hungaroring is going to start at 18.10 hrs.
18.10 hrs. Mortara is the first driver on track.
18.13 hrs. Molina sets the first fastest lap in 1:37.094 Minutes.
18.15 hrs. Wittmann now quickest in 1:36.878 minutes.
18.17 hrs. End of the first shoot-out - most of the drivers return to the pits.
18.18 hrs. Di Resta, Juncadella, Mortara, Vietoris and Petrov on positions 19 to 23.
18.20 hrs. Wittman in the lead in front of Molina, Tambay now with the third fastest time.
18.21 hrs. Martin improves and is now in 2nd position.
18.24 hrs. Q1 is over - Di Resta, Juncadella, Paffett, Petrov and Vietoris did not reach the second part of the qualifying.
18.25 hrs. In front: Wittmann, Martin, Molina, Farfus, Glock, Tambay, Hand, Félix da Costa, Spengler and Müller on 10th position.
18.28 hrs. Second qualifing session starts at 18.30 hrs.
18.30 hrs. Rockenfeller, Scheider and Müller start at first into the second part of the qualifying.
18.35 hrs. Félix da Costa is fastest in 1:36.972 minutes.
18.37 hrs. Behind the leader are Martin, Molina, Farfus, Tambay, Spengler, Glock and Ekström.
18.40 hrs. Wittmann takes the lead with a laptime of 1:36.646 minutes.
18.42 hrs. Wittmann, Félix da Costa, Glock and Martin in the lead. Behind are Molina, Farfus, Müller and Tambay.
18.44 hrs. The following failed to reach the final round: Spengler, Green, Ekström, Mortara, Rockenfeller, Hand, Scheider, Wehrlein, Wickens and Tomczyk.
18.49 hrs. Q3 starts. Farfus first driver on the track.
18.52 hrs. Farfus quickest - his laptime: 1.38.051 minutes.
18.53 hrs. Martin takes the lead: 1:36,777 minutes.
18.54 hrs. Standings: Martin, Molina, Félix da Costa, Wittmann and Farfus
18.58 hrs. Wittmann in the lead now: 1:36.518 minutes.
19.00 hrs. Qualifying is over. Wittmann and Glock in the first row in front of Molina and Martin.