Rollercoaster ride

13. August 2015 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

After 24 degrees and sunshine on Saturday, the second race at the Red Bull Ring was dominated by heavy rain. Torrential rain began to fall in the early hours of the morning, transforming the track into an ice rink, on which Marco Wittmann battled to twelfth place.

As early as qualifying for the tenth race of the DTM season, it was apparent that none of the BMWs were able to match the pace of their rivals in these conditions. At the end of the 20-minute session, Wittmann found himself in 21st place on the starting grid. “It was obviously difficult to get anything out of the race from that position,” said the reigning DTM champion.

At 15:15 it was raining so heavily that the start of the race had to be delayed by 15 minutes. Due to the large amount of standing water on the track, race manager took the decision to start Sunday’s race behind the safety car, which remained out on track for five laps before the 24 drivers were able to accelerate to race pace.

Wittmann was one of the first drivers to come into the pits for a tyre change on lap eight. A good decision by the team: the early stop allowed the young German to climb several places. Wittmann ultimately made up nine positions, courtesy of an impressive drive in the rain. He eventually crossed the finish line in twelfth place.

“When it comes to it, we must try to take something positive out of today,” said Wittmann. “Our strategy of pitting early and staying clear of any unnecessary battles worked well. This allowed us to make up several positions. Unfortunately we were not rewarded with any points. However, it is obviously difficult to make it into the top ten from 21st on the grid. All in all it has been a tough weekend for us. It is a shame, as I like the track and had had some good races here up until now. We must now put our heads together and see what we can improve for Moscow.”

The next two DTM races take place just outside the Russian capital on 29th and 30th August.