All eight BMW DTM drivers spent time on the 4.574-kilometre track over the course of the final test before the opening showdown.
Hockenheim (DE), 17th April 2014. With less than three weeks to go before the start of the 2014 DTM season, BMW Motorsport has officially completed its programme of preparations. As well as the four BMW teams and their eight drivers, the remaining manufacturers in the DTM were also in action at the Hockenheimring (DE) from Monday to Thursday. In keeping with tradition, the same circuit will also host the first of the season’s ten races on 4th May 2014.
All eight BMW DTM drivers spent time on the 4.574-kilometre track over the course of the final test before the opening showdown. Augusto Farfus (BR), Joey Hand (US), Bruno Spengler (CA), Martin Tomczyk (DE), Timo Glock (DE), António Félix da Costa (PT), Marco Wittmann (DE) and Maxime Martin (BE) worked their way through a comprehensive programme, with dry conditions on all four days allowing them to complete a total of approximately 10,000 kilometres with the new BMW M4 DTM.
Next stop for the eight BMW drivers is Munich (DE). BMW Motorsport will present its complete programme for 2014 there on 25th April when BMW Plant Munich and BMW Welt provide the spectacular stage for the official BMW Motorsport launch.
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “Our latest test in Hockenheim was once again very revealing. The performance of our four BMW M4 DTMs was good. However, it was also important to be able to work through the programme we had planned, point by point. We are happy with what we have achieved so far with our new car. However, it is still difficult to make any predictions for the first race weekend in Hockenheim. Whatever happens, our preparations have passed without any major difficulties, so we can now really look forward to the BMW Motorsport Launch on 25th April in Munich, as well as the start of the DTM season in May. I think the fans are in for an exciting opening showdown at the Hockenheimring.”
Augusto Farfus (car number 3, BMW Team RBM): “The final test before the season opener in Hockenheim was very positive for me. Together with my team, we were able to improve many areas of the new car. As every manufacturer is working through its own programme and has definitely not revealed its full hand yet, it will be exciting to see how the 2014 season pans out. It is almost impossible to make any comparisons with the opposition before the first race. However, I have a very good feeling. The BMW M4 DTM performed well at the test here in Hockenheim. We are certainly ready for the opening race in Hockenheim on 4th May.”
Joey Hand (car number 4, BMW Team RBM): “The guys at BMW Team RBM and I spent the tests primarily working on the set-up for qualifying, the way the car behaves on standard tyres, and on my out laps. As there will only be one mandatory pit stop this season, you have fewer opportunities to use strategy to move through the field. For this reason, qualifying is hugely important, as is the out lap after the pit stop. All in all, I have the feeling our new car suits my driving style. The Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM is definitely a Joey Hand car. I feel right at home in it, and sense I can be quicker than I was last season. I love Hockenheim. It is my home circuit in Europe. This is where I have completed the most laps and enjoyed some of my best results. Bring it on.”
Bruno Spengler (car number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer): “We still have a bit of work to do before the start of the season. We will analyse all the data we collected during testing in great detail over the next three weeks in the run up to the opening race at the Hockenheimring. It is still hard to say how strong we will be with the new car in 2014. However, one thing is certain: we will be well prepared come the start of the new season.”
Martin Tomczyk (car number 10, BMW Team Schnitzer): “The test in Hockenheim marks the end of the preparations for the new DTM season. It has been a long winter, so there is obviously huge anticipation ahead of the first race on 4th May. Our goal is to introduce our new BMW M4 DTM to the fans with a success. Given the way the tests have panned out so far, I am confident we will achieve that. Generally speaking, we are happy with our results. We completed the programme we had planned without any problems – and are definitely well positioned.”
Timo Glock (car number 17, BMW Team MTEK): “As a driver, you would obviously always like to have a few more test days before the opening race. On the whole, however, the preparation has gone well and we have been quick. We have taken a big step forward with the new BMW M4 DTM. However, we will have to see whether that step is big enough. We will find that out on the first race weekend. I feel good – and ready for Hockenheim.”
António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team MTEK): “In total, I have completed two testing days in Hockenheim. The first was fantastic. I drove over 700 kilometres. We learned a lot about the BMW M4 DTM and tried out a few things. The priority for me was to understand how the car behaves in certain situations. I had my first off on the morning of the second day of testing and ended up in the gravel trap. That is all part of the learning process I am going through as a DTM rookie. However, no matter how illuminating and important the testing may be, I am ready to finally get racing. I want to compete in my first DTM race.”
Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG): “I am very happy with this test. We ran our programme without any problems. The two fastest laps were obviously nice for the team and me. However, it is not possible to judge how significant that is with regard to the season opener in Hockenheim. As a racing driver, however, you always want to be on top – whether at a test, in qualifying, or in the race. The BMW M4 DTM is making a very good impression. We have made a big leap forward in terms of development compared to last year. Because of this, I am confident going into the new season.”
Maxime Martin (car number 24, BMW Team RMG): “Together with BMW Team RMG, I was able to work through the planned test programme without any problems. I also got a lot of kilometres under my belt with the new car. That is particularly important for a newcomer like me. My DTM debut is now just three weeks away. I am really looking forward to my first race in this series. It is completely different to what I have experienced in my racing career up to now. It will obviously be important to find my feet at the start of the season. However, I am optimistic I can do that. Let the DTM adventure begin.”