From pole to podium

29. August 2015 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Two safety car phases and gripping overtaking action: The first race at the Moscow Raceway was a real thriller – for fans and drivers. After a hard-fought battle, Marco Wittmann crossed the finish line in second place behind winner Pascal Wehrlein.

Wittman got off to an ideal start at the race weekend in Russia. In the first qualifying session at the Moscow Raceway, the youngster celebrated his first pole position of the DTM season. „It was fantastic,“ he said. „I felt good on the first run, but made a few small errors here and there. That’s why I knew that I would be able to get even more out of the second set of tyres, which turned out to be the case. We made slight changes to the air pressure for the second set, and that was the right move. The lap was perfect, I felt right at ease. It’s fantastic to be right at the front and have a good start to the weekend. Naturally pole position is perfect.“

Wittmann was also able to defend his lead at the start. The BMW Team RMG driver then remained cool and held off his rivals at the two restarts, which came after two safety car phases. However, he was unable to break clear and leave the DRS window. „When Pascal Wehrlein started to attack me, I soon realised that I wouldn’t stand a chance against him,“ said Wittmann. „Even when he passed me, I wasn’t able to stop him, despite DRS. That is why I am happy with second place, even though I would have preferred to win starting from pole position of course.“

Second place saw the reigning DTM champion move up into fifth place in the Drivers’ Championship. The second Moscow race was scheduled to start at 4:13 p.m. local time on Sunday.