24. September 2017

Roller coaster ride

The second race against the alpine backdrop of the Styria region of Austria did not turn out to be the climbing tour Marco Wittmann was hoping for. As on the previous day, he was once again the best-placed BMW driver on Sunday. He crossed the finish line sixth at the end of an eventful race. As such, he did not make the progress he had hoped for in the Drivers’ Championship.

“I am disappointed and angry,” said Wittmann, referring to the opposition. “Following the weight compensation, Audi now clearly has the car with the best race pace in the field. If you still feel it necessary to brake test the opposition, then that is not on. I am the kind of racing driver who wants to see hard but fair racing. Unfortunately, that was not the case today.”

Wittmann was put under intense pressure, particularly at the restart, and lost valuable places. He ultimately had to settle for sixth place at the Red Bull Ring. Wittmann now turns his attention to the finale in Hockenheim on 14th and 15th October, where he still has a mathematical chance of defending his title in the Drivers’ Championship. Can he pull off a miracle in Hockenheim? We can look forward to finding out.