Wittmann cashes in his present – 158 laps in a Formula One car.

30. Juni 2015 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

A childhood dream came true for Marco Wittmann in Spielberg on Wednesday, when he took part in a Formula One test for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

In good conditions, the 2014 DTM champion completed 158 laps of the 4.326-kilometre Red Bull Ring in the STR10, making him the hardest-working driver of the test day, at which the other Formula One teams were also in action. The Formula One test was a gift from BMW Motorsport and premium partner Red Bull to mark his title-winning season in the DTM.

Three questions for … Marco Wittmann.

Marco, how did you feel on your way to this test – and how do you feel now, on your way home?
Marco Wittmann:
“There was a lot of anticipation coming into the day. I was very relaxed about the whole thing, as I was not under any pressure. I took everything in my stride without too much expectation. Now that the day is over, I feel fantastic. I did an awful lot of laps and made the very most of my test. Both the team and I are very happy with the results of the test. That was a fantastic experience, for which I would like to say another big thank you to BMW Motorsport, Red Bull and Scuderia Toro Rosso. The team made me very welcome and I felt right at home.”

158 laps is the equivalent of more than two races. That speaks volumes for the fitness levels of a DTM driver…
“I think our levels of fitness are outstanding. And I really noticed that today. I had slight problems with my neck, but other than that I feel good. Prior to the test, Timo Glock gave me a few tips on how to prepare, and I underwent a special training for my neck. That definitely paid off.”

In which areas did you notice the biggest differences and the biggest similarities between a Formula One car and the BMW M4 DTM?
“The biggest difference you notice is definitely the acceleration. The high torque of the Formula One car, together with its light weight, makes for a huge amount of drive. Even in the higher gears, I sometimes had wheelspin. The braking is also completely different to in a DTM car, due to the hybrid drive’s energy recovery system. The cornering speeds were surprisingly similar. It is here that you realise just how much downforce the BMW M4 DTM generates. It has no need to hide behind the Formula One car in that respect. All in all, I really enjoyed this experience, but am looking forward to getting back in the BMW M4 DTM.”